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Meet our associates

Our associate artists are expert music practitioners working on Sound Connections projects with young people in challenging circumstances. Meet some of the team…

Gawain Hewitt

Gawain Hewitt

Music technology

Gawain Hewitt has been working as a Community Musician and Music Leader since 2003. Having trained on Community Music’s MTTC course, he co-founded Skillz, a social enterprise working with children in Pupil Referral Units in 2005. At CM, he worked as a tutor and as part of a team developing teaching resources from 2004-2010, and was Creative Director of CM from 2008 until 2010. Gawain is now freelance, specialising in working in challenging circumstances and Music Technology. Current clients include Drake Music, where he is the Associate National Manager for Research and Development, Serious, leading on a large project in Pupil Referral Units, Trinity Laban, where is he is a technology lead for the Animate Orchestra and Bromley Mytime.

His passion for community music is driven from a belief that all people should be making music, and a strong belief in the power of music to drive social change, both for the individual and the community as a whole.

Gawain has been a practicing musician and recording engineer all his life. He has released music under his own name and as Mariposa (remixing Cibelle’s “Green Grass” – find it on spotify), and has worked with TY, Soundspecies, Mary Wilson, Leee John and The Puppini Sisters among others. Gawain is currently working on a commission for the 2013 City Of London Festival called “The Forest of London” and is studying for an MMus in Creative Music Technology at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

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Roshi Nasehi

Roshi Nasehi

Singing & songwriting

Roshi Nasehi is a Welsh born singer-songwriter and workshop leader of Iranian parentage. She is a regular live performer and has played several major UK Festivals, prestigious art spaces in Europe and New York and released a number of records to widespread acclaim and significant airplay. Roshi is a very active and committed music workshop leader, strongly believing that, opportunities to make music have the power to transform people’s lives. Over the last 12 years she has worked on many high profile participatory arts projects for children in mainstream and non mainstream settings, the elderly, people with special education needs and refugees on behalf of organisations such as Sing Up, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Kith and Kids. She has been invited to present at several music education conferences, provide training and INSET for many organisations and is a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths on the Certificate in Music Workshop Skills course.

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Jim Cartright

Jim Cartright

Percussion

Before becoming a Community Musician Jim worked for both the Prince’s Trust and London Youth Arts Network. He completed the Spitalfields ‘Music Apprentice Animateur Scheme’ in 2008 and an MMUS in Ethnomusicology at the University of London in 2011.

Jim also set up a street drumming workshop company called ‘Talking Trash’ in 2007 and has run workshops, projects and taught for Eastside Arts, Little Fish, Artangel, Vital Arts, The Bethlem Royal Hospital, the Larmer Tree Festival, WOMAD, BBC Blast, Safeground,the Ellern Mead centre for eating disorders, Tower Hamlets Summer University, Hammersmith and Fulham YOT and Southwark Music Service.

During 2012 to 2013 Jim completed two extensive primary research projects for Sound Connections and The Irene Taylor Trust, the latter being funded by the Monument Trust.

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