Staff

South West Music School is staffed day to day by a small team, but supported by a large network of professional mentors, tutors and partners across the region.

Lucy Hather

General Manager

General Manager

l.hather@swms.org.uk

Lucy studied Arts Management at Bath Spa University and graduated in 2011 with a First. She has a working background in not-for-profit arts, festivals, events, marketing and youth music. Lucy joined South West Music School in July 2014, having worked in not-for-profit arts for three years as a Project Manager. Prior to this she was Co-Director of an established music and food festival.

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Tracy Hill

Projects Manager

Projects Manager

t.hill@swms.org.uk

Tracy moved to Somerset 15 years ago from Oxfordshire and has a varied career background from both the corporate and voluntary sector.

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Elfyn Jones

Artistic Consultant

Artistic Consultant

e.jones@swms.org.uk

Elfyn was born and brought up in North Wales and trained at University of Wales College of Cardiff and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was also on attachment to London Sinfonietta Education. Since then he has worked across the UK and beyond for Opera Circus, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, ENO Baylis, Welsh National Opera and Opera North.

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Mark Stringer

Chair of South West Music School

Chair of South West Music School

m.stringer@swms.org.uk / trustees@swms.org.uk

Mark is a member of the senior executive team and director of music at Wells Cathedral School, one of the five DfE-funded specialist music schools and a co-ed school for 750 students from age 3-18.

Mark previously held senior teaching posts in London and lectured at the Institute of Education University of London; he was Adjunct Professor in Music of James Madison University from 1989 to 1998.

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David Butler

Trustee of South West Music School

Trustee of South West Music School

trustees@swms.org.uk

David Butler is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience. Having spent his early career as a corporate accountant with two Big 4 firms, he is now the Head of Charities at Bishop Fleming.

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Philip Springate

Trustee of South West Music School

Trustee of South West Music School

trustees@swms.org.uk

As a retired Director of Music in a large comprehensive school, and parent of a gifted young musician, Philip is aware of the need for challenging musical experiences whether working within a specialism, or importantly, in new and different disciplines.

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Sarah Hennessy

Trustee of South West Music School

Trustee of South West Music School

trustees@swms.org.uk

Sarah Hennessy studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before becoming a teacher in secondary education. She also worked as an advisory teacher for music in Leicestershire and subsequently worked at the University of Exeter (1990- 2016) as a senior lecturer in Education. She led the PGCE Primary Music Specialist course as well as working with Masters and doctoral students.

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