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Brenda Rattray

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Brenda Rattray is a musician with over 30 years ’ experience of teaching and performing all over the world. Her passion and focus is the expressive potential of the human voice.

Her compositions and arrangements for choirs are published by Faber Music, she has been commissioned to write a number of songs for children and choirs for Singup and her book ‘The Joy of singing,’ has been adopted by many choirs internationally.

She has a long association with Goldsmiths University where she obtained her Post graduation certificate and is now an Associate Lecturer as well as holding the position of Associate Lecturer Representative for the past two years. Besides being a performer leading her own groups she has also been lead singer with the Grand Union Orchestra for over ten years and has sang with many big jazz and gospel names including Stan Tracey, Duncan Lamont, Ian Shaw, Carol Grimes, Pee Wee Ellis and the London Community Gospel Choir.

Her work in the community goes beyond just singing but also using the human voice as a tool for creativity, expression and healing. This has brought her in contact with groups from every walk of life. From Montessori nurseries to high profile political and Psychiatric hospitals and prisons, hospitals, hospices, special needs schools, churches and orchestras.

She is founder of Voice Expressions, a music school and company with a team who share her vision to create educational workshops that empower individuals with skills and a greater awareness of how loved and special they are. Her classes are built on a foundation of safety and students are loved and accepted wherever they find themselves in life’s journey. Her aim is to play her part in building bridges between communities. Her work is skills based and she has an enormous talent and passion for teaching, coaching and mentoring.

Her clients also include The English National Opera, The Royal National Institute for the Blind, as well as the London Philharmonic and both the BBC Concert and Symphony Orchestras with whom she has toured and for whom she composes and arranges. She also trains the Orchestras highly skilled musicians to communicate their skills at various levels with varied communities.

For Women’s Aid she has been a trainer of the Keys to Freedom course for women who suffer domestic violence achieving an ‘Excellence in Education’ award in 2014 as a result. From this she has gone on to work with ex sex-workers building self-worth and self- esteem and in the field of addiction running workshops for families to make music together.

Songs written and released this year by Brenda can be found on Spotify and they include:

Happy Mothers day, A mother’s cry and Thinking ©Rattray2020


Advisory group

We have been working from the outset with an advisory group who have provided a steer on format, content, language, accessibility, relevance and representation. This group of individuals bring a range of perspectives, and we have created an open and honest space with them for dialogue around creating this event.

Imrana Mahmood

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Imrana Mahmood is an Arts Educationalist and emerging Creative Producer committed to redefining the arts scene by enhancing participation, collaboration and inclusivity. She is passionate about working with diverse communities at a grassroots level to facilitate self-empowerment through arts engagement, with a particular focus on providing a platform for underrepresented voices. Imrana’s creative writing work focuses on notions of identity and belonging as a means of exploring the spiritual self. Her previous projects include Beyond Borders and Echoes of the Diaspora, and she is currently the Creative Producer for Revoluton Arts (part of the Creative People and Places programme funded by Arts Council England).

Jenetta Hurst

Jenetta Hurst

Jenetta is currently Head of Music in an East London secondary school and has taught classroom music for 15 years.  Roles over the past 18 years have included ensemble director, sectional leader and peripatetic woodwind teacher for Birmingham Music Service; Conductor of an Inner City Community Youth Orchestra in collaboration with the CBSO/APAA; school senior and middle leader (LA / Independent / MAT).

Jenetta was conferred as an Honorary Member of the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2014, is an alumnus of UCL Institute of Education (MA Leadership), and will be supporting Lambeth Sounds Music Hub in 2021.

John Kelly

John Kelly

John Kelly is a professional vocalist, musician, performer and song-writer working in the UK and Internationally with a wide range of arts organisations including Drake Music, Graeae Theatre Company, Access All Areas and Extraordinary Bodies.

John is a qualified facilitator and coach with over thirty years in youth work, particularly in the music education sector, and is part of Drake Music’s Think 22 project supporting the sector to develop inclusive practice.

John is a National Associate Artist for both Drake Music & Extraordinary Bodies.

John’s work with technology has seen the development of the Kellycaster and is currently working towards new adventures as a solo artist and is currently recording an EP of new work (turning out to be more of an album).

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Nate Holder


Nate Holder BA, MMus is a musician, author, speaker and music education consultant based in London. He is an advocate for decolonising music education and has been writing, speaking and consulting on the subject for the last five years.

Nate brings his passion and skill in public speaking into leading CPD training and workshops; helping address bias and underrepresentation in music classrooms, departments, hubs and boards across the UK.

He has written two books called, ‘I Wish I Didn’t Quit: Music Lessons’, and ‘Why Is My Piano Black and White’. His third book ‘Where Are All The Black Female Composers’ is set to be released in 2020.

Samantha Spence

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Samantha Spence (Stimpson) is Assistant Head of Ealing Music Service, a Music Education Consultant and a trustee for Music for Youth with over 20 years experience in the music education sector.

She has also spent many years supporting schools and organisations, to develop policies and strategies to attract, retain and promote a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce, fostering an environment free from discrimination where all voices are heard and celebrated.

Samantha is a passionate advocate of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and is currently working as a research consultant with Music Mark to explore these issues in Music Education through the lens of racism.


Wired4Music Co-producers and advisors

This group of inspiring young artists and music leaders will be advising on making the event accessible and relevant to 18-25 year olds, as well as co-producing the event and creating content alongside the Sound Connections team.

Elijah Femi

Elijah Femi

Hi my name is Elijah Femi. I’m an artist and producer from East London, head of my label Pioneerskent and also a steering advisor for Sound Connections.

One of my aspirations is to make music opportunities more accessible to young people.

I have collaborated with many companies and youth hubs over the years.

Henry Baker

Henry Baker

Henry is a creative generalist working across the music industry. Joining Wired4Music in 2016, Henry has participated in a number of projects throughout the years including Generate, Springboard Live and the Sound Connections conference.

Kitty Got Claws

Kitty Got Claws

Kitty Got Claws is a singer, rapper, poet and producer from London. Her writing and performance intends to break the stigma surrounding mental health using stories and narrative. In 2019 she was nationally broadcast on Tom Robinson’s show, BBC 6Music and 40 local radio stations as a part of BBC Introducing Live’s #instaband. She was also awarded ‘Featured Artist’ for Camglen Radio (Scotland), and has she has performed at festivals like Boomtown and Audiosoup, coffee shops, pubs, live music venues and mental health and music conferences up and down the UK.

Roch from Mars

Rochelle Blair

DJ, producer and overall music enthusiast from South East London aiming to help lift and spread the voices of the underground UK scene.

Siobhan Clough

Siobhan Clough

Siobhan Clough is a Violinist from Torfaen, South Wales. At sixteen, she attended Chetham’s School of Music – where she studied violin with Owen Cox. On completion of her sixth form studies, she accepted a place to study at the Royal Academy of Music. She completed her BMUS Undergraduate Degree in 2018, under the tuition of Tomatada Soh.

Siobhan performs in lots of difference settings from classical orchestral concerts, educational workshops, quartet performances in London Tea Rooms to Festivals.

She has had many an exciting project over the last few years including performances at BBC Relaxed Proms with BSO Resound, performance with Stormzy at Wireless Festival and a Christmas Season at The Royal Opera House as part of their inclusive work called The Lost Thing.

Recent highlights include a recording session with Paul Weller and a Sky Arts documentary; ‘Beethoven and Me’ with the Paraorchestra.

Siobhan is a recipient of funding from Arts Council Wales.


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