WHO WE ARE

We’re a Gloucestershire-based charity and we transform lives through music.

We’re specialists in working with young people in challenging circumstances to help them reach their full potential in music, in learning and in life.

We’re a small, friendly team of professionals with a passion for music and inclusion, working from bases across Gloucestershire.

Areas of expertise:

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Musical inclusion

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Young people in challenging circumstances / at risk

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Music technology & production

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Modern music genres

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Spoken word, rap, beatboxing

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Vocal work

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Early years

Get in touch to find out more or make a booking:

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THE TEAM

Deborah Potts

Deborah Potts

CEO

Deborah has more than 20 years’ experience in national charities, from the Women’s Sports Foundation to the YMCA. She specialises in strategic development and growing charities to maximise their impact. She is also CEO of Active Gloucestershire.

Malaki Patterson

Malaki Patterson

Creative Director

Malaki is a music producer, sound engineer and music educator with more than 10 years’ experience in the industry and community. His skills are in music technology and production, songwriting, vocals (rap) and artist development.

Anita Holford

Anita Holford

Operations Manager/Communications

Anita is a freelance writer and communications practitioner who works in Gloucestershire and nationally with organisations who use music and arts as a tool in education, social justice, health and wellbeing.

Mark Bick

Mark Bick

Lead for vulnerable young people & safeguarding

A founder of Forest of Dean Music Makers (which went on to become Gloucestershire Music Makers and then The Music Works), Mark has 30 years’ experience in music education and community arts as a workshop leader, manager and trainer. He specialises in music inclusion.

Barney Witts

Barney Witts

Senior music leader

Barney is one of our main music leaders: a musician, producer, rapper, music leader and videographer. He specialises in working with young people with low confidence, lack of self-esteem and learning and behavioural challenges.

Salo Elia

Salo Elia

Senior music leader

Salo is another of our main music leaders: he leads our whole class iPad music tech programmes and also works in a number of APS settings. He’s an ex-youth worker, and a jazz guitarist, keyboardist, bass guitarist and drummer and also musical director of the Groove Majors band.

Liz Terry

Music leader, vocal specialist

Liz Terry is a singer, Natural Voice Practitioner, trainer and group leader with 20 years’ experience of working in the field. She trained as a Community Music Tutor, specialising in vocals and has led and directed a variety of vocal based projects and cross arts projects in a range of community, education and health settings.

Lee Holder

Senior music leader, lead for disability

Lee is a qualified teacher and music technology workshop leader with extensive experience in the music industry. He has a proven track record of working with and engaging teenagers from challenging backgrounds, and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Robin Jones

SoundSpace studio manager, music leader

Robin is a skilled musician and engineer, and runs our Forest of Dean studio, SoundSpace, in Cinderford. He is also one of our team of music leaders, and was once one of our participants, taking part in an after-school club at primary school.

George Moorey

Music leader

Kingsley Salmon

Music leader and Studio 340 manager

Rob Kempner

Advisor

Rob Kempner is a trained primary teacher with a music specialism. He has over 20 years’ experience in both urban and rural schools, including eight years as a head, and is an expert in inclusion.

Holly Hayes

Music leader

Motz Workman

Music leader

Tim Grindrod

SoundSpace apprentice