Meet the team

Volunteers

We are supported by a fantastic group of volunteers whose significant individual skills, expertise and enthusiasm we could not do justice to here. Suffice to say, Music Alive could not deliver our work without them!  Here’s information about some of them.  Some volunteers prefer their role to be more discreet so don’t have text and picture here.

Sandra Wanless – Sessions, Performing and Resources

 

I am personally affected by a disability and I was excited to be allowed to be part of the Music Alive Team having attended a drum circle that Music Alive runs on a monthly basis. Now, I volunteer on a weekly basis and my main enjoyment is helping a person affected by a more severe disability to create music in an individual session. It gives me great satisfaction to know that in some small way I have been of use to someone else. I also enjoy making music and, at 70 years old, I am having lessons on a drum kit with Music Alive – something I have always wanted to do!

Nathan Baines – Sessions, Performing and Resources

 Nathan Baines has been benefitting from and volunteering for Music Alive since 2009. Learning guitar and performing rock and roll and other styles with others are favourite activities but if needed, he’s not afraid of cleaning, fetching, carrying and distributing flyers when required. Nathan also helps other people’s sessions and creates broadcasts about Music Alive for Swindon 105.5, a community radio station . “I love it here: Music Alive is like a big family!”

Karen Fairbrother – Sessions, Performing and Resources

Hello there, my name is Karen and I have been volunteering for just under a year. I was brought along by another Music Alive volunteer and I am involved for a session on a Friday afternoon. I love meeting people and I love supporting Music Alive as it supports a wide range of different people with a different range of abilities. I enjoy coming and all the people here are very friendly.

Debbie Wolfsohn – Director and Community Musician

I’ve been passionate about inclusive music making since discovering Drake Music whilst studying music at Goldsmiths College. Leading and collaborating in thousands of music workshops, performances and recordings with people with and without a disability has brought a wealth of experience and expertise.  After over a decade of working with some fabulously inspirational colleagues with Drake Music, Share Music and others in the 1990s, I was fortunate to gain full time employment with Music for Living (founded by Margaret and Reg Johnson).  Following its dissolution in 2001,Tim Swingler (of the Soundbeam Project), Sandra Pearce, Yvette Wyatt, Colin and Patricia Baker and I founded Music Alive in 2002 to continue using the fabulous resources MFL had created and collected.  I have Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which has become more disabling in recent years. Playing acoustic instruments is becoming increasingly difficult (though thankfully not yet impossible) but learning how to be as expressive with more accessible musical instruments is a welcome challenge.

 

 

 

Trustees

Alan Passey – Chair of the Trustees

My career has mainly been spent in B2B service industries and in particular dealing with multi-national organisations in the retail sector where I developed specific expertise in negotiation skills and people development. Since moving to the area, I have mixed short term contracts with building guitars and bespoke furniture. I am passionate about the Arts, play guitar, write poetry and paint. I am also a founding trustee of Chaithanya Orphanage UK, a fundraising charity which supports the work of Chaithanya Orphanage India based in Andhra Pradesh.

Seán Devine

Seán started managing bands at the age of 19. He managed a “thrash metal” act without knowing what thrash metal was, “I follow my heart when it comes to most things”.

In 1993 he moved to London to work as a Talent Scout for Paramount Pictures music publishing company, Famous Music and for the next 23 years worked for Richard Branson’s V2 Music Group and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) which is the largest performing right society in the world with an annual revenue of in excess of $1 billion.

In 2015 Seán set up his own music company, which specialises is industry consultancy and artist management. Indevine has consulted to ITV’s The Voice, Leeds College of Music, Bath Spa University, IMRO (Irish Rights Organisation) and currently manages the careers of Blue Rose Code and songwriter James Dale.

Dug Wolfsohn

Dug has been a volunteer for Music Alive since its inception in 2002 performing a variety of roles ranging from fixing and setting up music technology to moving a donated piano. He also assisted Drake Music from 1991 until 1997 and Music for Living from 1999 until 2001 in similar voluntary capacities. This has given him a broad perspective and knowledge of disabled people’s music making. He has 25 years experience in the professional music industry as a sound engineer, producer, lecturer and record label manager.

Patrons

Justin Hayward

Justin, famed for his hits ‘Nights In White Satin’, ‘I Know You’re Out There Somewhere’ and ‘Forever Autumn’, he was born and brought up in Swindon so has first hand experience of how important music creation in the South West is. The Moody Blues have sold over 45 million records, what an achievement.  Aside from The Moody Blues, Justin was part of Jeff Wayne’s spectacular ‘War of the Worlds’ for which he wrote and performed ‘Forever Autumn’.

His work has been honoured many times over the years, ‘This Is Your Life’ chose to dedicate a show to him, ASCAP presented him with one of their highest honours, The Golden Note, he received the Ivor Novello ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award and Justin and The Moody Blues are on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard.

Roger Greenaway OBE

Roger Greenaway was born and bred in Bristol where he started his first band, vocal harmony group The Kestrels. Together with fellow Bristolian, Roger Cook, he wrote ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing”, ‘You’ve Got You’re Troubles’ and ‘Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart’. He has spent the last part of his career protecting the rights of songwriters as Chairman and Executive Vice President of PRS and ASCAP respectively. In 1998 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the music industry.

Tom Bradley

Tom Bradley, was born in Wiltshire and played the Swindon music circuit with his band ‘Trig and the Sapphires’. This led him to the bright lights of London where he started work for another Wiltshire luminary, the late Sir George Martin at George’s Air Studios. ‘Trig’ soon become a well respected part of the music industry and went on to work for A&M Records, Magnet Records, Rondor Music, EMI Music, MCPS and CLA. He has also held Chair positions with MPA (Music Publishers Association), CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency), MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society). In 2010 he received a Gold Badge from BASCA, one of the music industry’s highest honours.