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Emily Foulkes

Director (Practitioner, Researcher & Trainer)

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Emily has been working in music education since 2002. In a previous role at The National Foundation for Youth Music, Emily secured over £1.3m towards national Volunteering and Music Mentoring programmes for young people which she devised, set up and managed on behalf of Youth Music. She was the lead for Youth Participation, setting up the national Youth Council for Youth Music. Passionate about music and its power, Emily is dedicated to ensuring that people in Cornwall have access to high quality music making which is relevant to their needs and interests. She herself was put off playing instruments as a child because of the approach and style that was on offer. Emily works with the Board on the strategic development of Cymaz Music, seeking income generation and partnerships. She enjoys working closely with the Cornwall Music Education Hub as a champion for Inclusion, Access, Quality and Diversity. Emily is a QA Observer for the Hub and advises on strategy and processes for the Hub.

Alongside her strategic work with Cymaz Music, Emily is a singer and choir leader. As a classically trained singer and with a degree in Performing Arts, Emily has a good solid grounding in technique and vocal health. Emily has gained experience with singing leading and has developed her skills and knowledge through ongoing training and CPD. Emily developed the Kana! Choirs at Work programme for Cymaz Music, which was for employees of Cornwall Council, the NHS and any public service.

Emily has an MA in Professional Practic - Vocal Pedagogy through Voice Workshop and the University of Wales. Her specialism has been in Singing for Health and Well-being, with a particular focus on Mental Health and Chronic Pain. She is an approved and trained Vocal Leader for the British Lung Foundation and runs a weekly Singing for Lung Health session for pepole with lung conditions in Liskeard. She has pioneered a new programme of holistic singing and relaxation sessions for people suffering with chronic pain. This has attracted national and even internation attention and Emily is seeking ways to further develop Singing for Health and Well-being work in Cornwall and beyond. In 2020 Cymaz Music secured funding to launch a Singing Clinic programme in partnerhsip with Social Prescribing. Emily is the lead practitioner on this programme. The funding is also facilitating the development of a National Singing for Health Network. This aims to bridge research and practice and support the Singing for Health movement. 

Emily is a Trainer, for TISUK and also with Voice Workshop and as an independant trainer. This is mainly in the area of Singing for Trauma and Mental Health and in Trauma Informed practice for Arts/Singing and Voice practitioners.

Giles Woolley

Advanced Music Leader

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I am a music producer, educator and performer. I run my own business under the name G Productions for all my work.

I perform in a variety of bands and acts. Musically my passion lies in funk, soul and reggae to name a few. I love using technology with music and enjoy music rooted in electronic production.

Recording music has always fascinated me. I know run a portable recording facility as part of my business.

I have worked with a range of young people from all backgrounds and in a variety of settings. I strongly believe in the power of music as a positive influence on a person’s life and witnessed these effects on numerous occasions. I have been involved with Cymaz Music for nearly 4 years as an active music leader travelling all round the county organizing and delivering workshops, recording sessions and performances.

My most recent project for Cymaz Music was YEP! (Youth Ensemble Project). We invited “intermediate” musicians between the ages of 15-18 to be guided through writing and performing original pieces of music as an ensemble. This resulted in a wonderful performance by YEP! at Trelissick Gardens.

Currently I am involved in YEP!, one on one music mentoring, Alternative Provision School Music Sessions and the Exchanging Notes programme.

Simon Williams

Advanced Music Leader

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I started playing music from an an early age, but really took an interest when a mad uncle of mine gave me a left handed 12 string guitar!  Not sure why he did but I haven't looked back. When I was 18 I was delivering music sessions using equipment you can now squeeze into your phone.

As well as being in and out of bands, I became an SEN teacher usually trying to shoe horn arts lessons into everyday school life. In my time I have run performance dance groups, samba bands, choirs as well as big special school performances using all manner of instruments including kazoos (usually have a spare one in my pocket!)

I have recently given up a teaching post to foster children and pursue a more creative career.

Teri Perkins

Project and Communications Assistant

I'm a vocalist and songwriter and have been working in Comminity music and music education for 9 years. I'm apassionate advocate for the power music has to change Lives! My own musical taste is eclectic but I love the Beatles, The Doors and any alternative rock.

After completeing a degree in popular music I spent a few years singng in bands before deciding to undertake teacher training with a music specialism. It was during my training that I descovered commnity music and knew that this vocation for me. I was amazed to see the differnt ways music could be made inclusive and the huge impact this had on the lives of the people involved.

I approached Plymouth Muzic Zone and was offered the role of apprentice Music leader and a year later became a fully fledged music leader. During this time I worked in  many different settings including special schools, colleges, resedential homes, early years settings and also as a music mentor for vulnerable young people. I also ran the PMZ after school clubs Sing it up. TEMPO and Jam band.

Alongside this I became a private vocal coach, specialising in rock singing and singing for mental health. Also, I spent some time as a vocal Coach for Livewire Youth Music.

In 2013 a change of direction brought me to Cornwall where  I work part time as Music Coordiantor at Wadebridge Primary Academy. I'm very excited to be joinging the Cymaz Music team as Project and Comunications assistant.