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

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Kathryn Templeman – 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.

Fiona Weir – Treasurer

Fiona is a Chartered Management Accountant, who took a career break, then early retirement following 25 years of experience gained in the manufacturing sector, holding the position Head of Finance and Business Planning in her most recent role.

Having moved to North Yorkshire in 2013, Fiona took on voluntary Treasurer roles at two local charities. She held the position at Cancercare in Lancaster for 8 years and recently stepped down at Growing Well, a farm based mental health charity in Kendal, having completed the maximum term of 9 years in office. She has a sound understanding of charity finance, developed over this 10yr period, and reports that whilst challenging at times, the experience has been very rewarding.

Fiona lives with husband Graeme and Cockapoo Dillon, and enjoys walking, watercolour painting and supporting Bolton Wanderers Football Club where they hold season tickets.

Richard Strivens – Lead for Governance

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.

Mary Price-O’Connor – Lead for Membership

Mary is an Interdisciplinary artist working with sound, music, movement and text. Having studied music at Dartington College of Arts she moved to London where she worked as a violinist, composer and performer, becoming a silent film accompanist in 2003 and in 2008 trained as a Dalcroze Eurhythmics Teacher. She has participated as an improviser/deviser/performer/facilitator across many different platforms including” The Chaosbaby Project “ with Stella Duffy, “Through The Door “with Angela Clerkin and Improbable , and working with Spare Tyre Theatre company . She plays with the band “Selkie”. Mary recently appeared in the short dance film premiered on BBC4 “We are Ready Now” made by dancer and choreographer Jack Thompson  and performed as an actor /musician in Shakespeare’s Globe theatre  film “Christmas at the Snow Globe” (December 2020)  having been a member of the original cast at the Globe theatre in December 2019. Mary has also taught and participated in collaborative pieces  online throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and has continued to develop her ongoing research project “The Moving Theatre Lab” .

Nick Bottini – Lead for Marketing

Nick is a transformational coach for music industry professionals.

He has coached rockstars, number-one selling artists, Grammy winners, orchestral principals, soloists, DJs, rappers, youtubers, producers, sound engineers, artist managers, tour managers, competition winners, studio owners, conductors, singer-songwriters, millionaires, paralympians, TEDx speakers, child prodigies, business people, teams and ensembles.

Nick is credited for introducing the industry to the Three Principles understanding, helping hundreds of musicians to perform at the very highest professional level; preparing them psychologically and musically for world tours, live televised performances, recording sessions, international competitions, music college and university auditions, and performance exams. He is also the author of the best-selling book ‘Just Play: The Simple Truth Behind Musical Excellence’.

Adam Hope – Lead for Welfare

Adam is a music educator and performer. His current positions include Musicianship Lead for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Organist at Dartford Parish Church and conductor/tutor for the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. Adam is in demand teaching A-level music, Theory, piano and musicianship to both young musicians and professionals across the country.

Dr Karin Greenhead – Director of Studies

Holds the Diplôme Supérieur of the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze (IJD), Geneva and is Director of Studies for Dalcroze UK and Co-Director of Studies for the Dalcroze Eurythmics International Examination Board (DEIEB). Karin trained at the Royal College of Music, London as a pianist/violinist/harpsichordist and subsequently as a singer. She has performed in all these capacities and her performing experience has informed her teaching of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She has developed Dynamic Rehearsal, an application of Dalcroze principles to the rehearsal and performance of repertoire which has been demonstrated worldwide with children, amateur and professional players and singers and is the subject of her doctoral thesis.

Karin teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and at TrinityLaban, London and has a well-established international practice. Her teaching experience includes teaching in nursery, primary and secondary schools but the main focus of her teaching in recent years has been on the training of professional musicians and Dalcroze teachers. Author of a growing number of publications, she is a frequent presenter at conferences, a member of the Collège of the IJD and a founder member of the scientific committee of the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS).

Spring Into Dalcroze UK Course 2022Jacqueline Vann – Director of Projects

Holds the Diplôme Supérieur of the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze (IJD), Geneva, and is Director of Projects for Dalcroze UK.

Jacqueline graduated from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in 1997, since when she has taught regularly on the full range of UK training courses, from the Foundation Award to the Licence course. She also teaches regularly on the International Summer School and Spring Courses and is an examiner for the DEIEB exams (Dalcroze Eurhythmics International Examination Board).

Jacqueline studied Performance Arts at Middlesex University and also piano, harpsichord and continuo at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She has performed with numerous high-profile London choirs including the Corydon Singers and OSJ Voices. Her eclectic background includes Montessori training, Creative Musicianship (Trinity College of Music), Estil Voice Training, Advanced Kodaly and Performance Arts. Her wide-ranging experience embraces teaching Dalcroze to children and adults of all ages, including those with Specific Learning Difficulties and the Deaf.

Jacqueline gives Dalcroze workshops nationally and around the world (Japan, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Australia). She has presented papers at the International Conference in Dalcroze Studies (2013 & 2019) and gave a keynote presentation in 2019. She has taught at a number of universities, music colleges and schools including Canterbury Christchurch College, Birmingham Conservatoire, Goldsmiths College and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Jacqueline recently completed a master’s in Neuroscience & Education at the University of Bristol.

Sandi Smith – Manager

Sandi lives in the West Country and has almost 30 years’ experience of working in finance and administration. Before coming to Dalcroze UK, 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.

Christine Wardle – Development Manager

Christine lives in North Yorkshire with her husband Ian and springer spaniel Rocky.  She has 20 years experience of fundraising and development in the arts, education and heritage sectors, specialising in strategy and philanthropy.  

Christine volunteers as a trustee of both Lake District Summer Music and the Junior Royal Northern College of Music Endowment Fund and also runs a series of local chamber music concerts showcasing emerging artists.

Christine is responsible for the fundraising strategy of the Society.