Sharon is a freelance singer, composer, arranger, trainer and choir leader. Sharon directs several community choirs and runs training days for singing groups and teachers.
Previous projects include: Youth Chorus Leader for commissioned contemporary opera: Skellig, managing the Sage Gateshead's Community Music Apprenticeship, leading the Vocal Curriculum at Sage Gateshead’s weekend school, Vocal Animateur for the Paul Hamlyn ‘Unlocking the Future’ project across secondary education in Tees Valley inspiring KS3 teachers to enliven singing in the classroom and Musical Director for A Winter’s Tale, a piece of musical theatre by Howard Goodall and Nick Stimson.
She writes and arranges songs for choirs, and her song ‘Chinese Proverb’ was recorded by Sweet Honey in the Rock for their children’s album ‘Experience….101’
Bex is a musician (singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, community choir leader, recording artist, performer) and theatre maker who currently co-leads a BA (Hons) in Community Music. She has c.20 years experience as a facilitator and teacher and has worked in a wide range of contexts from training through to creative exploration and performance, statutory education in primary, secondary, F.E. and H.E. and community contexts as well as providing CPD / Leadership / Team Development experiences.
She has worked with a wide range of artists from beyond her own musical traditions including in Australia, Brazil, South Africa, India and Europe. From 2006 through to 2013 Bex established and led Mongrel UK an international performance ensemble of young people in partnership with the Northeast Refugee Service. Bands and ensembles Bex is part of include The Coast Road, Human Music and The Safires.
Katherine is a musician (singer, choir leader, arranger, composer), facilitator and strategic thinker with 35 years experience in community music, music education and arts leadership. She has a particular interest in a cappella music and singing for all; having worked extensively in the UK, Europe and Brazil with vocal leaders and musicians on inclusive practice, creative pedagogy and improvisation.
Currently she holds strategic advisory roles with Music Generation Ireland, European Concert Halls Organisation, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Curious Minds, Royal Opera House, Snape Maltings; and in São Paulo, Brazil with Santa Marcelina Cultura, as well as developing a one to one coaching practice. She is a co-founder and Chair of the Board of Sing Up Ltd., and Chair of Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company. From 2001 to 2015 she was Founding Director of Learning and Participation at Sage Gateshead.