Personnel

Patrons

 

Richard Pendlebury MBE (Founder and Patron)

Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Tim Rice, internationally acclaimed lyricist and author

Suzy Dymond-White, former Governor HMP Bristol

Malcolm Archer, former Director of Music, St Paul’s Cathedral

The Right Revd Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol

Stephen Kinsella OBE, Prison Patron

Stephen Hoddell, Chair, Samaritans

Trustees

 

Andrew (Chair of Trustees) has significant experience of the charitable sector gained outside of his working career. In addition to being a Finance Director of a specialist rehabilitation care group he is a keen football supporter and musician, playing the piano when time permits. He is married with two teenage children.

Glenn is a former soldier and police officer. He is currently a support Worker with Emmaus Bristol. He is married with a daughter at university. He has a passion for football and supports Bristol City.

Jane is both a music therapist and a Senior Lecturer. Her clinical specialism is adult palliative care, and child and adult bereavement work. She is on the staff team on the MA Music Therapy programme at University of the West of England. She is also a registered music therapy supervisor. She plays the flute, piano and guitar, and sings.

Michael is a Circuit Judge and has over 25 years experience in the criminal law in that capacity and formerly as a solicitor and barrister. Although long retired as a busker he is interested in all forms of live music. A large family keeps him fully occupied.

Richard is a Probation Officer based in Bristol. Prior to that he worked in the homelessness sector. He is married with two children. During his leisure time Richard plays guitar and exercises his creative muscles writing and recording music.

James is the Chief Operating Officer for a large NHS Trust running several hospitals in the city centre of Bristol. James plays the trumpet in a Bristol based street band, is a keen cyclist and is married with a young daughter, all of which keep him fully occupied.

Sharon started working with Changing Tunes when she was a prisoner at Eastwood Park. She responded very well to the music and became an integral part of Changing Tunes concerts when she was released. Sharon has really put her life back together, and is now putting the bad experiences of the past to good use, as she is employed as a drugs counsellor (it was drugs that got her into trouble in the first place). Sharon gives our board a unique insight into our work from both sides of the prison wall.

David began working with Changing Tunes in 2004 in Guys Marsh, and has been an ambassador for several years. He graduated from the University of the West of England in 2013 after completing a PGCE course, and now works as a teacher with Serenity House (a community-based drug and alcohol addiction recovery centre in Bristol). David joined the Changing Tunes board of trustees in 2014.

Emma grew up in Kenya, and with her background in English language, linguistics and language of worship, has a huge wealth of experience to bring to her role as Trustee. After ordination and roles as a curate in Sheffield, a chaplain at Lee Abbey, Devon, a tutor in Practical and Pastoral Theology at Trinity College and as Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol, Emma returned to Trinity in April 2014 as its Principal. Her husband Mat serves as vicar of nearby church, St Mary Magdalene, Stoke Bishop. They have two children; one at school and one at university and in her spare time Emma loves to cook and walk their two dogs.

Staff

 

Lizzie Bond (Chief Executive) has worked in fundraising and charity management for over seven years across a variety of causes. These include fundraising at Headway - the brain injury association, consulting for a variety of charities at Fruitful:Fundraising and running the Arts Council's Catalyst Scheme at Swindon Dance. Originally hailing from the Cotswolds, Lizzie spent 12 years in Nottingham, where she completed her degree and Masters in Classics and Ancient Visual Culture. As a musician herself, Lizzie got involved in singing with the charity opera chorus Magdala, where she trained as a Lyric Mezzo-Soprano for 8 years. Coupled with her strengths in strategy and communications, we are confident that Lizzie will lead Changing Tunes successfully through its next stage of development.

Gareth Hamer (Operations Manager) left school at 16 to form a band and spent 7 years performing original material at venues across the UK and in Europe. As a session guitarist he has worked in both studio and live arenas including some TV appearances and large concerts in Europe. After spending one too many late nights leaping across a stage he has now retreated to the studio, where there are comfy chairs and cups of tea. Having joined as Musician in Residence in 2003, Gareth loves being a part of the ongoing development of Changing Tunes, and being around gifted people doing what they were made to do.

Fran Key (Senior Musician) graduated with a Music Degree from Bath Spa University in 2010. She has since been living, working and playing in Bristol as a support worker for adults with learning difficulties, and a recording and performing musician in her spare time. A songstress at heart, her voice is her instrument of choice, shortly followed by the guitar and piano. Fran is currently in the final stages of completing a Music Therapy degree.

Simon Torrance (Senior Musician) developed a passion for music through constantly listening to it at a young age, and decided he had to learn to make it for himself. He started playing the drums as a teenager, became an accomplished drummer and playing in numerous bands. Tiring of all the heavy lifting being a drummer involves he began learning the guitar which has since become his favourite instrument. He has subsequently played drums and guitar in worship bands as well as gigging locally and has taught both instruments. He is also plays a mean blues harp as well as dabbling in playing the banjo, bass guitar and the mandolin.

Nancy Parker (Musician) is a lyric soprano. She has performed at the Royal Festival and Wigmore Halls and is a founder member of the vocal quartet 'Kingdom'. Having been a scholarship student at the Trinity College of Music Junior Department, Nancy then went on to study singing at the University of East Anglia where she was awarded the Aldeburgh Festival Singers Scholarship in performance. In addition to performing, Nancy also gives private singing tuition to people from a variety of age groups and abilities, ranging from complete beginners to professional performers.

Rob Davies (Musician) is a gigging musician who has gained lots of his experience through playing and recording in many bands. His love of drumming has moved on to other instruments over the years, including guitar and piano. After studying music technology in 1996 he gained a passion for recording and music production, and he loves to spend time composing and creating his own music. He is excited to be part of the Changing Tunes team and to see the difference music can make to people's lives.

David Lindsay (Musician) graduated from Dartington College of Arts with a first class music performance degree in 2010. During this time he began to specialise in Rock and Jazz drumming, “lap tapping” guitar and community music practices. He has been playing drums for over 17 years and has been teaching song writing courses and music workshops since 2006. He also teaches private music lessons for both guitar & drums.

Steve Parker (Musician) has been a professional musician and composer for more than twenty years, making contemporary opera in the Baltics, playing production shows in the Caribbean, conducting theatre on the South Bank and playing for Australian avant-garde cabaret. Recent work includes the Temptations and Four Tops arena tour, the Three Degrees, the touring show 'Barok' and space-jazz-balkan-hiphop ensemble 'Mimika' as well as directing an Anglican choir.

Andy Osborne (Musician) is a guitar teacher, worship leader, and leather bag maker. He runs our sessions in Guys Marsh and Erlestoke, focusing on band rehearsals and individual tuition. He draws on a wealth of performance and tuition experience to get the best out of those in his groups, with a knack for demystifying complex techniques to make them accessible to all.

Kate Hacker (Assistant to the Chief Executive) assists in the management and administration of Changing Tunes, and has a passion for enabling small organisations to work effectively and efficiently. Outside of her charity work, she is a writer and photographer. Kate originally hails from the United States and enjoys returning to visit as often as possible.

Mike Somorjay (Franchise Coordinator) has worked for years in local government. His current role involves establishing the legal documentation, standard working practices, brand protection and conditions of service for Changing Tunes franchises. He also helps out on our administration. When he’s not out on his bike or doing his puppetry or stocking up on jaffa cakes, he doubles up as a computer contractor for some multinational. Mike loves films, books, music, theatre and what-have-you. At the last time of counting he had four grandchildren.