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Speakers and workshop leaders

Millicent Stephenson

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Millicent Stephenson (BSc Hons, Cert Ed, PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling) is predominately known as a multi-award winning saxophonist and music mentor but she is also a qualified and experienced Teacher and Counsellor. In her early career Millicent trained Teachers in how to communicate and assess learning. She is a motivational Speaker and her speaking engagements include the Gospel Music Industry Alliance Summit (London), and Whiise Con an international online music conference. Her weekly Podcast ‘Success Beyond The Score’, which is on iTunes and SoundCloud, helps individuals find their way in the music industry.

Millicent was invited to write the article ‘Where Are All The Female Musicians?’ for Keep The Faith magazine and wrote a Guest Blog for the Musicians Union called ‘Children of the Windrush Generation Make Music’. In January 2020 Millicent became a member of Executive Committee of the Musicians Union assisting in the decision making of policies and standards for musicians within the UK. Millicent also serves on the Midlands Regional Committee of the Musicians Union and the Equalities Sub-Committee. Millicent is featured on Women of Substance Radio podcast (USA); A-spire magazine (Dallas USA; BBC1 Songs of Praise; BBC Radio WM; BBC Introducing; the Voice Newspaper and The Phoenix Newspaper. Millicent is married to Michael Stephenson have two adult children.


Lucy Drever 

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Adem Holness

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Adem is a Relationship Manager (Music) at Arts Council England & Music Curator at the Horniman Museum & Gardens.

Having been responsible for talent development programmes, live music festivals, tours and gigs all championing the best in contemporary new music, Adem specialises in the artistic and professional ambitions of emerging artists, predominately within UK Jazz, Afrobeat, Electronic and R&B music.


Chris Walters

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Abigail D’Amore


Abigail D’Amore is Associate Programme Manager and an independent music education consultant with expertise in informal and non-formal pedagogies and practice as a means of increasing student engagement and participation. She works across the music education sector as a programme manager, evaluator, adviser and strategic partner for organisations including PMLL, Friday Afternoons, NYMAZ, DBS Coaching, West Midlands Music Services Collective and has previously worked with Creative People and Places, UCL Institute of Education, the Music Path (Los Angeles) and various Music Education Hubs.

She was formerly Chief Executive of Musical Futures, which was recognised as one of the Finnish Hundred top global innovations in 2017. Abigail is a school governor of Hallow C of E Primary School (Worcestershire), Trustee of Music Mark and the Young Voices Foundation. She studied ethnomusicology, and is passionate about how music forms part of peoples’ lives.


Jennifer Raven


Jennifer Raven is Deputy Director of Sound Connections. She works with the Director to develop and deliver our business plan, grow our programmes, and build partnerships across the country. She also leads Sound Connections’ consultancy work with a focus on youth voice, evaluation and research. She has been at Sound Connections since 2014 (initially as Programme Manager).

Previously Jennifer worked within the music team at schools network Ark. In 2009 she co-founded Fairbeats – a charity with a focus on music-making for young refugees and new migrants – where she is now Development Director. Jennifer is also still active as a flute player and is a Trustee of the South East London Orchestra where her role focuses on Community Development.


Philip Flood

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Philip Flood has been at Sound Connections since 2010 and is responsible for the overall strategy and governance of the charity. Previously, he was Head of LSO Discovery and prior to this, Education Director for Spitalfields Music and Head of Music and Media at a large inner-London FE college. He is also an advisor for the PRS for Music Foundation and a Trustee of the Music Education Council.




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