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Join us for Sound Sense AGM
Date posted: 19 October 2017
Sound Sense board invites you to the AGM, which this year is held in York on the 22 November 2017. This is a great opportunity to have lunch with the trustees and talk to them about Sound Sense and how it can help you as a community musician. Any member can attend, but you need to tell ├ůsa Malmsten by Friday 17 November, so that we can send you a map and book your lunch.


During the event, the Annual General Meeting of the company Sound Sense will be held, with the following agenda:

Minutes of AGM held on 17 November 2016
Matters Arising
Accounts for 2015/16 for ratification
Appointment of examiner
Election of board members
Any other relevant business.

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Candidate biographies

We have received ten nominations this year, with five board places to fill. So it is more important than ever that you use your vote, to secure the candidates of your choice. 

Ruth Currie
As is often the nature of our practice today, I am a portfolio professional. Through this, I have many ways of experiencing community music. I am a researcher, a project manager, evaluator, teacher and musician. My practice and my research is becoming increasingly aware. and increasingly critical, of the value measurements that community music operate within and the implications this can have on our practice. Being part of the Sound Sense board will provide me an opportunity to put my experience to use, collectively with others, to support community music - in theory and practice.

Sarah Fisher
I'm a percussionist and pianist based in Gateshead. I graduated from the BA Community Music degree at Sage Gateshead in 2015. I now work as a trainee Associate Musician for Drake Music and a Project Musician at Sage Gateshead. I am also a freelance musician working on various projects around the UK. I also have a disability - cerebral palsy. This affects my left side and speech. Due to my CP I have adapted and found ways to deliver sessions and perform without my disability having an impact on me or the participants progress. I believe that having an understanding of being disabled and working professionally helps me gain insight into different approaches to practice which may benefit others.

Simon Glenister
Simon founded Noise Solution in 2009 to use music technology to create social impact. This social enterprise arose from 15 years' experience working with excluded young people in local authority settings. This work was fused with experience gained as an internationally touring musician, with multiple record deals, specialising in music technology. A recent year long cabinet office funded report found Noise Solution's innovative fusion of musicking and digital narrative to be statistically significant in its impact on participant well-being. Simon has recently completed his research Masters, at Cambridge University, the focus of the research being effective engagement, well-being and impact capture using mixed methodologies around Noise Solutions' work.

Christopher Gray
I have worked throughout my entire career as a community musician and conductor working in a breadth of contexts from community-based groups and charities to national companies and corporate settings. I now work at the University of Aberdeen where I have been running the BMus(Hons) Community Music degree for almost six years. I am passionate about the training of the next generation of community musicians and the continued validation and acceptance of community music as a vital area of academic and practical study. I currently run joint international teaching projects with Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and Curtin University in Perth Australia.

Ryan Humphrey
I am a community music student currently doing a Masters by Research at York St John, where the international centre for community music is based. My practice is based around early years music making and working with children facing challenging circumstances at Sage Gateshead. Being a student relatively new to the field of community music, whilst engaging research, I believe I will bring new knowledge and perspective on music practices to the organisation to help Sound Sense continue to meet the needs of its members through the services it offers.

Zoe Konez
My experience in workshop facilitating, mentoring, training, lecturing and SEND and mental health support tutoring for Rhythmix, Community Music and School Ground Sounds, harmonises with my ethos of fostering creative expression, connecting diverse groups and building self-confidence in people in challenging circumstances. As a Singing for Breathing leader and Musician in Hospital I'm fanatical about music for health and well-being. My continual reflective practice, network building, ever updating knowledge of research and evolution of the field ignites my excitement to be part of developing this further.

Gail Macleod
My main aim in life is to promote inspiring collective music making. This can mean taking to the concert platform with recorder quintet Consortium5, leading innovative creative music projects with Soundcastle or encouraging the next generation of creative facilitators as a teacher at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Welsh College. I am a passionate community musician, committed to building a resilient and supportive network of music makers. I believe Sound Sense is a vital link between musicians, giving both practical and creative support to those of us who work across so many different settings.

Tim Palmer
I am Head of Music Education at Trinity Laban Conservatoir where I lead programmes that blend educational and participatory approaches to create a versatile workforce for varied professional contexts. I have particular interest in using research to help develop practitioners across all sectors. My professional history is as an orchestral and community musician: Music Director of the Sound Futures YMAZ, a Musician in residence at both Ironbridge Gorge Museum and the National Maritime Museum, amongst much work in orchestral outreach & learning. I previously served onthe board of Trinity Laban, and of the Madcap Arts Trust.

Marina Perryman
As an experienced, active freelance community musician, I have insight into many community music contexts. I lead music in healthcare through Wishing Well for children and people with dementia. I lead community choir and groups supporting singing-for-health research through the Sydney de Haan centre. For AudioActive and Rhythmix I work for young people in diverse challenging circumstances and those with special educational needs and disabilities. I led Music Leader Training at CM for three years. With an enquiring mind and endless passion about music as a force for positive change, I am committed to supporting collaborative development of the field.

Neil Valentine
I am a composer, viola player, workshop leader and event organiser. I am an associate musician of BSO, Ensemble Coordinator for Winchester University & Artistic Director of ABC Concerts. I also sit on the board for Southampton Music Hub and am part of the PLAYLIST team bringing exciting and varied music to Southampton. I work in schools, carehomes, hospitals and other community settings, including leading and delivering Music for a While, the RSPH nominated project focusing on dementia and elderly care in hospital settings. I am honoured to be considered to be on the Sound Sense board.