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Board of Trustees

As a registered charity we comply with UK law governing charitable bodies. Oversight of the organization is provided by a board of trustees, elected by members at the Annual General Meeting held in March each year. The Chair is elected by trustees at a board meeting in May,  serves for a year and may stand for re-election the following year.

Trustees and Management

Kathryn Templeman – Interim Chair; Lead for Examinations

Kathryn has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Bath. She is a musician and a  qualified music teacher, as well as a Dalcroze Certificate holder. She plays regularly as a violinist with OAE and other historical performance groups. She is currently the Principal of an International Baccalaureate World School in Denmark. In addition Kathryn also works for the IBO, as a school visitor, workshop leader and MYP examiner.

NG__162Nicola Gaines – Treasurer

Nicola Gaines Armitage is primarily a dance teacher who specializes in the teaching of Historical dance, which has led her to deliver many workshops on dance for musicians including warm up session for the Dalcroze Society’s Summer School.  Nicola also teaches the youngest pupils on the Royal Ballet School’s Associate Scheme.  As a free-lance teacher Nicola is well used to initiating workshops and planning events.

As a dancer Nicola understands the close link between music and movement and has experienced the joy of expressing music through movement that is determined by one’s own physical response to music and so has dedicated many hours to over several years to furthering the aims of the Dalcroze Society.

Nicola is a long standing Trustee of  Dalcroze UK, was the Chair for many years and is currently the Treasurer.  In the past Nicola has overseen and been in part responsible for the Dalcroze Society’s expansion of activities. She was Chair when the Society received its most significant funding yet from Youth Music for its “Stepping into Music Scheme (the use of Dalcroze with the Early Years age group and its workers).

In addition to being a trustee of the Dalcroze Society, Nicola is also a trustee of the Ann Driver Trust and the Lord Deedes of Aldington Trust.

Kath Becker – Lead for Welfare

I have been a Primary teacher for over 30 years with the last 6 years  working as a Curriculum Music Teacher for Bolton Music Service as part of the Greater Manchester Hub. I first came into contact with Dalcroze at the Royal Northern College of Music String Project through my own children. I finally got the opportunity to study with Bethan Habron James at the Royal Northern College, finally achieving my Certificate in 2017. Teaching Eurythmics at Yorkshire Young Musicians in Leeds helped me to consolidate my practise and I continue to develop and practise throughout my music classes across Greater Manchester schools. I am passionate about spreading the practise and encouraging people to train to teach

Stefano Giolito – Lead for Marketing

Stefano is a marketing and business professional with more than 20 years experience working in FMCG. He has particular expertise in brand development, new product development, and building sustainable businesses. He currently works for Unilever.

Chris Orton – Lead for Partnerships

Chris is active as a recorder player, Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher and conductor. He studied recorder, viola, and composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where his recorder teachers were Ross Winters and Annabel Knight, and then took further lessons with Anneke Boeke in Amsterdam. He studied orchestral conducting with Jordi Mora at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona, and most recently Chris gained his certificate qualification in 2017 as a Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher studying principally with Bethan Habron-James. Chris has developed a portfolio career in performance and music education – dedicating equal amounts of commitment to both. He currently holds teaching positions at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Junior RNCM, the National Youth Recorder Orchestra and the Stockport Youth Orchestra, and conducts the Junior RNCM Wind Ensemble. Chris taught for ten years for Manchester Music Service providing ‘first access’ and music and movement classes in inner-city primary schools and conducted the Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Sinfonia for Birmingham Music Service. Chris enjoys working across the whole spectrum of ages and abilities, from complete beginners to postdoctoral students, adult amateurs and ensembles, and helping others develop their passion for music making and appreciation.

Richard Strivens – Lead for HR

As a singer, Richard has worked with all the national opera companies either on stage or as a workshop leader. As an educator, his career has spanned the community work of SingUp to lecturing on vocal pedagogy at RNCM.  He co-founded the flourishing Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera in 2017 with the composer and singer, Nina Whiteman. As a science graduate, he values clarity of thought and attention to detail. He recognises that Dalcroze Eurhythmics qualifications are hard-won and are considered a gold standard of international repute. The support that the Society can offer teachers, trainees and members is crucial to their development and consequently the prestige of the Society.

Becca Spencer – Lead for Membership

Becca is a passionate Dalcroze teacher. She trained in Dalcroze and Viola Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. She was awarded a distinction in both her Dalcroze and Instrumental studies. Since leaving college in 2007, Becca has taught weekly Dalcroze classes to children aged 4-18yrs on various programmes. She taught at Yorkshire Young musicians in Leeds for 5 years, and at various primary schools across Manchester. She has taught Dalcroze at Junior RNCM and the RNCM’s Young Strings programme for the last 11years. In 2008 she set up Manchester Young Musicians, independent Dalcroze musicianship and instrumental classes which have really expanded and flourished over the years. Becca has developed many strategies to integrate Dalcroze into her string pedagogy and teaching. She has been invited to teach Dalcroze on many nationally renowned string residential courses, and since 2014 Becca has been on the faculty for the prestigious international violin course, New Virtuosi. Becca is currently taking further training, studying on the Dalcroze Licence course, striving to deepen her own musicianship and teaching. For the last 10 years, Becca has also been the viola player in the Unthanks, a contemporary folk band. They were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2009, won Best Album at the BBC Folk Awards in 2016, and are the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s best albums of the last decade. Becca is keen to join the Board of Trustees to facilitate growth and development in the Dalcroze field across the UK. With 11 years of regular Dalcroze teaching under her belt, she is passionate to share her future vision for Dalcroze and to help instigate deeper integration with other sectors of the Music Education scene. Becca has been a member of the Dalcroze Society since 2004. She has attended and also lead workshops at various Conferences in the UK, Geneva, and Quebec. She has been to many of the Easter and Summer Dalcroze Courses and has also been involved in various collaborative projects alongside other Dalcroze practitioners in the UK. Becca has really got to know many in the Dalcroze community through her work. With a deep belief that greater things can come from working together, Becca is keen to bring about more established communication and support for fellow colleagues.

Sandi Smith – Manager

Sandi is from Devon and has almost 30 years’ experience of working in finance and administration.Most recently, she worked at the University of Exeter where she was responsible for the research strategy for the College of Humanites and was also Deputy Director of College Operations. Here she and her team supported academics with grant applications, research budgets and events.Passionate about creativity, she performs stand up comedy at weekends and takes part in improvisational practices to develop confidence in stage presence.