I feel very privileged to have been asked to be a patron of BEAT.
Music education, and the advantages and pleasures it brings, is hugely important to me. I’ve spent my working life in a variety of roles, all musical or educational, and there’s no cause closer to my heart. In my efforts to bring music to as wide an audience as possible I’ve been a performer, a teacher, a composer and lyricist, teacher-trainer, adjudicator, musical arranger, presenter and musical-workshop leader. I hope there’s something in my experience that will benefit BEAT.
As a teacher I’ve worked with children aged 3-18 and with adults of all ages, and I often take my piano-accordion into day-care centres for the elderly. I’ve written dozens of songs for children to sing and I’ve composed music for choirs as well as for every instrument in the orchestra. I play the piano and the accordion, the recorder and the bassoon, and I know what it’s like to be a beginner as I’ve just started learning the cello.
It feels especially appropriate to be attached to BEAT because my own musical education from age 11-21 was supplied by Barnet. I very much look forward to my involvement with the organisation.