We are supported by a fantastic group of volunteers whose significant skills, expertise and enthusiasms are barely done justice here. Suffice to say, Music Alive could not create the opportunities we offer without their talented efforts and all those not depicted here.
Rob Maycock – Composer in Residence
As a young graduate composer based in Highworth living near Music Alive, it was fantastic to discover a gold mine of useful information and resources about inclusive music making on my doorstep! I’m excited to learn how disabled people interact with and communicate through music and want to create new music collaboratively with Music Alive participants. To achieve this, I’ll be involved in a variety of events ranging from regular one-to-one and group sessions to one off and long term projects.
Looking forward to composing with you!
Nathan Baines – Beneficiary and Volunteer
“I love it here: Music Alive is like a big family!”
Nathan began volunteering with Music Alive in 2009. He can do everything from perform rock and roll to clean, fetch, illuminate and distribute flyers and resources. As well as participating in performances and music sessions, Nathan creates broadcasts about Music Alive for Swindon 105.5, the local community radio station.
Debbie Wolfsohn – Beneficiary, Trustee and Community Musician
Passionate about inclusive music making since discovering its transformational powers with Drake Music and Share Music, Debbie has collaborated in and facilitated thousands of music sessions, performances and recordings over nearly three decades. The vast wealth and range of enthusiasms and expertise from these collaborations have informed Music Alive’s activities. Thanks to the disabling impact of Multiple Sclerosis, she is currently learning how to be as expressive with more accessible electronic musical instruments as she was playing acoustic instruments. This and supporting Music Alive to deliver as many quality accessible musical experiences with special people are her current focus.
Sandra Wanless – Beneficiary and Volunteer
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.
Seán Devine – Trustees 2015 – present
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.
Alan Passey – Trustee 2015 – 2017
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.
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, 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.