Meet the team

Staff

Debbie Wolfsohn – Director of Music

With Tim Swingler (of the Soundbeam Project), Sandra Pearce and Yvette Wyatt, I founded Music Alive in 2002 after Music for Living (founded by Margaret and Reg Johnson) was dissolved. I’ve been passionate about inclusive music making since discovering Drake Music whilst studying music at Goldsmiths College. Over a decade of working with Drake Music, Share Music and others in the 1990s, I led and collaborated in thousands of music workshops, performances and recordings with disabled people and developed their research and training with inspirational colleagues nationally and internationally. I have had MS since at least 1998.  It was diagnosed in 2014 as the condition became more disabling and I’m becoming more dependent on accessible musical instruments as my physical abilities deteriorate.

I work at Music Alive from Tuesday to Saturday each week and can be contacted by emailing Debbie@music-alive.org.uk.

Paul Hardy – Finance Assistant

Since 2013, I have been managing Music Alive’s financial accounts. I am responsible for invoicing, payments and our financial reporting. I currently work two days each month and can be contacted by emailing finance@music-alive.org.uk.

Peter Harris – Job Aide

Alongside Ian Jackson, I provide support to Debbie to deliver her role. This can include supporting music sessions and maintaining our resources. I have been volunteering with Music Alive since 2011 and have been employed since 2016. I will shortly be commencing a degree where I will continue my passion for teaching and music.

I work 8 hours each week and can be contacted by emailing peter@music-alive.org.uk.

Ian Jackson – Job Aide

Like Peter Harris, I provide support to Debbie to deliver her role. As well as being a passionate music maker, my current role is varied ranging from liaising with our students to ensuring our music sessions run smoothly.

Since 1999, I have been self-employed as a Jazz musician and music teacher. Prior to this, I managed a children’s charity and worked in social services.

I work 8 hours each week and can be contacted by emailing ian@music-alive.org.uk.

Sally Newton – Development Director

I joined Music Alive in September 2016 to develop our business activities across a number of areas from our approach to fundraising activities to the numbers of students we work with. My role includes liaising with funders on grant applications, communicating our work and booking sessions.

I have worked extensively in Human Resources as part of Senior Management Teams both within the Private and Not for Profit sectors. I graduated with a B.A.(Hons) in Fine Art (Printmaking) and am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

I am pleased to be working with Music Alive who offer an invaluable service to the students we work with. I work from Tuesday – Thursday each week and can be contacted by emailing Sally@music-alive.org.uk.

Volunteers

We are also 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!

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.