Music Leaders

 

Music Leaders with an * by their names are in what we call our 'PMZ Music Leader Pool'.  That includes community music leaders who have successfully applied to be part of our Music Leader team and/or our Music Leader Support Hub that was set up to offer training and pastoral support.  They're just not currently engaged in workshop delivery (but hopefully they will be soon!)

 


 

JODIE SAUNDERS - Music Leader

MUSICAL NOTES - 

 

What do you do for PMZ?

I currently work across various musical projects with children, teenagers and young adults. Community Music has brought me into contact with so many wonderful and creative people and it is humbling to join the PMZ team as a music leader.

Do you play any instruments?

I play piano but also like to experiment with instruments which are completely unfamiliar. I also love to pay attention to ‘found sounds’ and listen to and recreate sounds in the environment and city like rain, birdsong and trains.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

If there was such a thing as a mash-up of a harp and a drum-machine, I’d like to be that. Calm and gentle but also fun and up for dancing.

What has music done for you in your life?

Music has always been part of the fabric of my life and has sound-tracked the ebb and flow of all experiences. It is essential.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?

I am passionate about music and believe strongly that everyone should have the opportunity to explore their musicality with hands-on experience. This resonates with the ethos of PMZ. I like it when a participant surprises us all by going beyond their supposed limitations. 

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?

It must have been Spice Girls on cassette tape. Zig-a-zig-ah!


KATHERINE MARTIN - Music Leader 

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What do you do for PMZ?

I have been involved in PMZ's 'Musical Respite' programme, delivering workshops with young people living with serious illness.  I'm also going to be starting work with 'Carefree Choir', all carers who come along each week to PMZ for a little breathing space.  

I've carried out two fundraising initiatives for PMZ in the form of two ‘showcase’ evenings at Stoke Community Centre, consisting of a variety of soloists and choir ensembles performing their songs to an audience made up of family and friends.

Do you play any instruments?
My main instruments are: Cello, Piano, Guitar, Voice, but I’m a ‘jack of all trades’ who’ll play virtually anything that’s placed in front of me, including spoons, glasses and blades of grass!

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
The cello isn’t generally a ‘showy instrument’ that takes centre stage (although it has its moments) but rather is mostly there as a supportive presence in any musical ensemble, which is how I like to be. Out of all the instruments, the rich, resonant and melancholic tone of the cello is most like the human voice which is perhaps why I and indeed, so many people connect emotionally with it. 

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has provided a medium through which I can express myself without the need for words, as well as enabled me to connect with others in group situations which I would otherwise have found challenging. Music has been a great source of healing for me during difficult times. In my role as a music therapist, I have witnessed how music has helped to bring purpose, meaning and hope to people struggling with mental health issues and other difficulties. 

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?

It’s lovely to be part of a team that really believes in and cares about what we do and the people we work with. Everyone shares a great sense of humour and this helps us through our work which can be emotionally challenging at times.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?

Remember You're a Womble by Mike Batt!


DEBORAH WOOLLASTON- Music Leader

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What do you do for PMZ?
I'm a music leader on various projects at PMZ, including ‘Digital Orchestra’ an ensemble for people with disabilities who have experience of making music at PMZ using a wide range of digital technology.

Do you play any instruments?
I'm a bit of a Jack of all trades, I play saxophone, piano, guitar, accordion, ukelele but my specialism is electronic gadgetry. I like to think I can make music out of anything.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

Something electronic with lots of settings to accommodate my short attention span.

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has given me a purpose, a way of communicating and the ability to assault people's ears with the more "interesting" elements of my output!

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
The best thing is the amazing team! And the opportunity to work on such a wide range of projects.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
Blondie's Parallel Lines and Adam Ant's Prince Charming.
 


RACHEL THAME - Music Leader

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I work as a music leader with a speciality in early years. I am also currently loving music making with participants with dementia.  The cycle of life in a musical day!

Do you play any instruments?
I play piano, sing, a bit of guitar, clarinet, recorder and always have a suitcase full of percussion!

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

Maybe a marimba - I blend well with others, aspire to be versatile and harmonious, love to hold a melody but equally love huge handfuls of sumptuous chords.  

What has music done for you in your life?

Music has shaped my life in so many ways; given me focus and direction, solace, strength and security, brought me love and friendship, underpinned my family and helped me define what's important to me.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?

Sharing music, making music, lots of laughter, occasional tears too.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
"Kids from Fame" and Michael Jackson’s "Thriller"

 

Laura Loft*LAURA LOFT  - Music Leader 

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I am a music leader running sessions with mainly young adults from 14 – 19 years old.

Do you play any instruments?
I play piano, sing, strum a bit of guitar and scrape away on the cello.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?

Hmm, that’s a hard question.  I reckon it would be the piano for its range.  I can be quiet, mellow and thoughtful if you play the top octaves with the sustane pedal yet really fun and loud when the flow takes me.

What has music done for you in your life?
It’s been a loyal friend; always there when I needed it. It keeps me uplifted and has been a tool to express myself and to find my voice.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Working with such lovely, inspiring people in an amazingly creative place. Also having the knowledge and satisfaction that using music really has made a difference .

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I was given some pocket money and went into the CD shop  with my big sister. I saw on the shelves that the new Pulp album ‘Different Class’ had a Brit Awards sticker on it and decided that meant it was good. I wanted to be as cool as my sister who was buying the new Blur album so I thought that Pulp was a suitable indie kid purchase (even though I didn’t really know who they were at the time!)

 

Josie NewtonJOSIE NEWTON - Music Leader

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I was previously a music leader where I worked with Early Years, Refugee groups and SEND music making. I am currently now back working in Early Years music making.

Do you play any instruments?
I'm a guitarist, a singer and dabble on the keyboard and laptop to create my own music. My main focus as a musician is songwriting and being creative!

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
My Sandpiper guitar is the best match for me, because it looks delicate and almost fragile but can create a bigger and brighter sound than expected. I have never played another guitar that emulates so well, the message and sound that I am trying to put out there.

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has made my life. It has led me in every direction I have ever gone in. Music has supported me when I've needed it and it's inspired me to be a better musician and a better person. Music has also led me to find and create unforgettable memories with the most important people in my life.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
I truly believe that music can help support people in so many different ways and PMZ is the epitome of that. I feel lucky to have gone from being a participant to an apprentice to a music leader. And it's truly wonderful to have gone away to study music to return to such a friendly community of people.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I remember using my pocket money to purchase All Saints- Never Ever on CD which would be the first CD I ever bought myself. Embarrassingly so, the first CD bought for me was Mr Blobby's single. Can't beat being a kid in the 90s! 


Paul Lacey

PAUL LACEY - Music Leader

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I am a PMZ Music Leader who specialises in rap and beatboxing. 

Do you play any instruments?
I like to bang the drums.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
The drums because I'm loud and made up of a lot of sections. 

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has given me the tools and craft to express myself. 

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Being part of an awesome and talented team who are all passionate about music of all types.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I bought two on the same day, MJ - Bad and N.W.A Straight Outta Compton


Holly Bench

HOLLY BENCH - Music Leader 


MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I mainly work in the sensory room (lucky me!) with young disabled people creating music and having fun. I also run a few Early Years workshops for 0-5 year olds. I can often be found running SEN workshops in the school holidays.

Do you play any instruments?
Yes! I play mainly woodwind; clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, soprano sax and a bit of flute and piano.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
Umm, the clarinet as it is versatile playing both jazz and classical music - I like to think I am a versatile music leader!

What has music done for you in your life?
Kept me sane! It's allowed me to meet, understand and communicate to a wide range of people.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
PMZ is like my second family complete with numerous brothers and sisters! The best thing is knowing that I am making a real difference with the young people I work with. Music really does make a difference at PMZ!

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
Classical geek moment coming up.. my first cd (record?!) was Pachelbel's Canon - it's still one of my favourite pieces of music and it was played at my wedding, aww..


 

 
Steve Becket

STEVE BECKET - Music Leader 

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I lead workshops surrounding music technology, mainly music production, sound recording and engineering and also do filmmaking on some bigger projects.

Do you play any instruments?
Yes Cubase.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
(Steve conveniently forgot to answer this one!)

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has allowed me to make new friends and express my feelings.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Plymouth Music Zone manages to combine work with a personal approach in a unique way.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
MC Hammer - you can't touch this! 


 

Shane Gray

SHANE GRAY - Music leader

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ? I am now building up my work as a Music Leader having been a Music Leader Apprentice last year. 

Do you play any instruments? The guitar.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
The drums because I can be extremely loud, yet have the most catchiest of beats!

What has music done for you in your life?
Music gave me my first love, a passion and the courage I thought I could never possess.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Seeing how music affects everyone and seeing how it can change their lives forever. Just like it did MINE!

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
Waking the Fallen by Avenged Sevenfold.
 

Paul WhitePAUL WHITE - Music Leader


MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I am a music leader, at the moment working mainly with older
people and with teenagers.

Do you play any instruments?
I sing and play guitar.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
The Kazoo.  It’s cheap, simple and makes people laugh.

What has music done for you in your life?
So much.  It has brought friendship, creativity and masses of fun. 
And with my band I get to make a lot of noise!

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
When you have a breakthrough moment with someone and you see their face light up.  I call it ‘switching on light bulbs’.  Music making a difference.  And it’s great to be part of a team of like-minded people who are all so very different.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
David Bowie - Space Oddity


Emily Roblyn - Music Leader

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
Currently, I run PMZ's LGBT+ choir - Plymouth Proud Voices, on Thursday Evenings
 
Do you play any instruments?
My main instrument is my voice, although I also play acoustic guitar. I have been known to dabble and play around with percussion and keyboard too.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
Hmmm... I think I have to say the voice, as it is the instrument I am most identified with. It embodies all I aspire to be. It is flexible and multi-faceted - can sound like almost any other instrument, and lends itself to any genre. It is able to express anything in the human experience. It is portable, can enliven any situation sound. The voice is not something you can pin down and map; it is ethereal, physically untouchable, but able to touch our hearts and souls.

What has music done for you in your life?
See above :)

What is the best bit about working at PMZ?
I love the sense of community, positivity and care I feel every time I walk into the PMZ building. Being part of that is uplifting, inspiring and supportive.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I honestly don't remember... I think it might have been the Housemartins - Now that's what I call quite good. But I vividly remember that my first loves (and some of my earliest memories) were my dad's Beatles records.