Trustees & Advocates

Trustees

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Bella Gough | Treasurer

Bella grew up in London & moved to Bristol in 1995. She has been involved in both music industry & publicly-funded community enterprises & projects as a self-employed accountant for many years. For pleasure Bella flies kites & has been involved in the Bristol International Kite Festival.

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Julian Stodd | Trustee

Julian is a writer & learning consultant, working with organisations globally to design more effective learning. He has a passionate interest in music, writing widely about the co-creative aspects of composing and performing. Julian believes strongly in Drake Music’s work enabling everyone to participate in the creative and social aspects of music.

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Kate Hodson | Trustee

Kate joined the board of Drake Music in 2013 after years of admiring their work from afar. Currently part of the Learning and Participation team at The Royal Opera House, she is passionate about creating opportunities for people to experience and take part in the arts.

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Roger Vigilance | Chair

Roger is a global executive with particular strengths in running businesses designed to meet the needs of clients in our fast-moving technological environment. As a family man with teenage daughters, Roger has a keen interest in supportive learning & has been instrumental in welcoming diversity throughout the music chain.

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Rohan Tarry | Trustee

Rohan has worked in the music industry for 20 years as a musician, producer & recording studio manager, performing internationally and working with some big music names. Having had Multiple Sclerosis for 10 years, Rohan is keenly aware how disability can impact on musical expression, and relishes the opportunity to bring his experience to Drake Music.

Advocates

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Charlotte White | Drake Music Young Artist

Charlotte began performing and composing with Drake Music when she was a pupil at St Rose’s School in Stroud. She is now studying for her BA in Social Policy and Criminology at University of Kent, Canterbury, where she also volunteers as a mentor.

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Jools Holland | Composer, Pianist, Bandleader & Broadcaster

From playing pubs in the East End docks as a teenage greaser, to leading his rhythm and blues orchestra and selling millions of records this century, it is his passion for music that has made Jools Holland into a doyen of the music scene. www.joolsholland.com

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Kerry Andrew | Composer/Performer

Kerry is a freelance composer, performer and educator based in London. She specialises in contemporary vocal music and music theatre with a twist of pop, jazz, folk, world music and everything in between.www.kerryandrew.net

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Marlo Donato | Musician/Author

Marlo is a successful author & musician. In 2009, she published a book ‘Awkward Bitch, My Life with MS’, which candidly chronicles her struggle & achievements with the condition. Marlo regularly lectures about MS, music, & raises awareness for the UK’s MS Society. www.marlodonato.com

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Paul Butler | Musician/Performer

Paul is a trumpeter and pianist from Portsmouth & currently performs in The Dawn Chorus & The Retrospective Soundtrack Players. Despite the barriers he has faced, he has contributed to many releases & performed on some of the largest stages on the UK touring circuit.
www.thedawnchorus.comwww.retrospectivesoundtrackplayers.blogspot.com