Emily co-founded Hear My Music in 2010 based on the belief that music is a powerful communicative tool that can change lives. She is a violinist with a long-term fascination and passion about the use of music within the community as a vehicle for all sorts of magic to happen, particularly for people with complex needs and/or autism. This led her to complete her MSc Music in the Community at Edinburgh University in 2009 and subsequently set up HMM.
Through delivering sessions and running HMM, Emily has developed a strong passion for nurturing ‘hidden’ talents in individuals; and is delighted when participants demonstrate remarkable musical abilities that she can only dream of! She is a charity trustee on the board of the Glad Foundation and an active member of Sound Sense. Emily likes to spend as much of her free time as possible outdoors, walking, running, and cycling around Scotland, often with her dog Isla in tow.
“Music has the power to unlock, to reawaken, to begin the conversation...”
Joni started working with Hear My Music in 2013 and started out by volunteering on a Tuesday afternoon! It was the highlight of her week and still is.
Music brings her lots of joy and to share that joy and enable everyone to access their right to music is something that drives her every day.
Taking influence and guidance from Adam Okeford’s Sounds of Intent and Phoebe Caldwell’s Intensive Interaction, inclusive working is a fundamental part of her practice.
She studied Popular Music at Edinburgh Napier University where she specialised in Composition. In her free time, she loves running, playing golf, and adventures with her dog Tattie.
Mary Bell trained in illustration and design at Glasgow School of Art and then gained a PGCE in secondary and primary education at Jordanhill, University of Strathclyde. She also studied voice and guitar at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Mary is also an art and music therapist.
Mary has personal experience in relearning to understand music since losing her hearing when she was 36 due to Meningitis and Meniere's disease. She is fluent in BSL and relies on lip-reading to understand speech. Mary has taught music to Deaf children in Gourock for the last 14 years and hopes to continue this important work; her vision is to expand it to include Deaf accessible music workshops for young people and adults in other areas. She was nominated as BBC’s 2015 Unsung Music Hero in Scotland for her work with Deaf children.
Mary is passionate about making music accessible to everyone, regardless of background or ability. She firmly believes that music is fun and that all of us should participate in it much more than we do!
Mary is also an enthusiastic wheelchair curler; she has played in national competitions and recently led her teammates to victory in the Highland Wheelchair Curling Triples.
Beth is a community music graduate who just will not stop talking about inclusivity issues in the music industry. She’s been involved with music for her whole life so far, and plans to keep it that way. She sees her work with Hear My Music’s participants (and other staff!) as a privilege and she learns from them as much as she teaches them. Outside of music she loves hillwalking, and her dog Mozart.
Esther is a freelance music therapist and church musician. She completed her MSc Music Therapy training in 2019 and since then has been working with people from a wide range of ages and background. Esther is passionate about how music has the power to connect with and help others in various ways, and is excited to be part of the team at Hear My Music. In her free time, Esther enjoys long walks into the nature, crochet, and Ceilidh dances.
Laura has been involved with Hear My Music projects since volunteering as a musician with the organisation in 2013. She is a qualified music therapist who has experience working within early development, education, hospice, mental health and community settings. She believes in the power of music to unlock and reveal, and in learning from and about each other, our ways of being and communicating, through listening to and responding to each other's music.
Morag Currie is a violist, fiddler, composer and music educator, currently based in Paisley, but originally from Thurso in Caithness. She performs in a diverse range of genres and ensembles, from traditional Scottish music to Classical and contemporary . Morag’s own works are rooted in folk music, but also make use of electronics, digital workstations and sampled sounds.
Working with Hear My Music is, however, undoubtedly the highlight of her week! The power of music as a tool for expression and communication is something that continues to be humbling.
In her (occasionally) free time, Morag can mostly be found in one of her many tents, taking photographs, and honing her post-lockdown knitting skills.
Clea works as a professional cellist and community musician in as many different places as she can. After studying music in Edinburgh and America she returned to Scotland to complete her MSc Music in the Community which reinforced her passion for using music to enable non-verbal communication for those who prefer not to use words.
Hear My Music is an important component of Clea's working life and has brought her some of her most rewarding moments as a community musician.
Ollie HawkerOllie is a Glasgow-based musician who holds a Masters degree in Composition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As a music practitioner, he strives to bring the joys and comforts of music and sound to everyone he works with, and loves to learn and create with participants in both pop music contexts and more experimental music-making. Outside of work and study he enjoys reading, singing and cycling.
Melissa is originally from a teaching background and has an MSc in Music Therapy. She is excited to be involved with Hear My Music and about using music as a means of communication and expression, in an inclusive way. Outside of HMM, Melissa directs two choirs and teaches instrumental lessons.
Cit has been involved in the folk scene and community music making since they were young, they grew up in the traditional music scene playing fiddle and singing at ballad and bothy ballad competitions. They moved to Glasgow in 2013 to study Theatre, and have since completed a Masters in Community Development, Youth Work and Adult Education. Throughout their life, music has been a way of expressing emotions and taking care of their own mental wellness, and as a result they have been inspired to share this with the wider community. They are delighted to work for Hear My Music, and firmly believe music is for everyone!
Ruth is a professional musician (Scottish harp) and music teacher. She studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she completed a Diploma in Music Education and BA Hons Scottish Music. Ruth is passionate about music education and enjoys working on varied projects in school and community settings. She is excited to work with Hear My Music and promote inclusive music-making opportunities.
In her free time, Ruth loves reading, independent cinema, and jigsaw puzzles.
Matt grew up in a large, musical family of seven siblings. Sharing his love of music with others has always been his passion. This grew all the more as he studied classical singing for six years, initially in Edinburgh College and then at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Since then he has had a varied career of performing, choral conducting, and community music, as well as writing and composing.
“It has been my privilege to work with Hear My Music over a number of years. I am constantly inspired by their commitment to reaching adults and children with the healing power of music. Hear My Music brings hope and joy to some of Scotland’s most vulnerable individuals and I consider it an honour to be a part of that.”
Noanie is our part-time administrator and does a lot of non-musical sorting, filing, and emailing. In addition to her HMM role, Noanie is an event organiser, an Equality and Diversity advisor to Scottish Athletics, a welfare officer for a national dog rehoming charity, and is usually fostering at least one dog - in addition to her own three.
Katie works part-time as Project Manager for Hear My Music. She enjoys her role supporting the delivery of Hear My Music’s work, being a vital part of a small team that has a big impact for individuals and the community.
Katie is also Project Manager for Live Music Now Scotland, and Youth Music Initiative Development Officer for Renfrewshire Council, where she also teaches upper strings.
In addition to her project management roles, Katie is a freelance violinist and has performed as a chamber musician and Scots fiddle player across the world. She has performed at festivals including Glastonbury and Celtic Connections and has given live performances on BBC Radio.
Katie is a foodie and loves eating out when she can! She also enjoys spending time with her family outside and exploring new places.
Board of Directors/Trustees
Angela, who has served on the Hear My Music board since 2016, has around 20 years’ experience in the third sector, with 15 years in senior management and leadership positions. She is now in her second charity CEO post, having made the move from the environment sector to the rape crisis sector. Outside of work she is involved in the Scottish ultramarathon community including co-directing the Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultra which raises funds for charity, is passionate about advocating for inclusion and equality, and spends most of her free time with her rescue dog. Angela joined the board owing to her experience in charity operations and governance and by her own admission not due to any musical talent!
Paula CaldwellPaula is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Certified Tax Advisor. She is currently Global Finance Director for an International Technology company and during her 14 years in the industry has performed a variety of strategic, technical & leadership accounting & finance roles. She has completed Business leadership development program’s at both Hong Kong University & INSEAD Business School in Singapore and has been awarded Group Finance Collaboration Champion on two occasions. Prior to her roles in the Technology sector Paula has also worked across a number of different businesses in the retail, manufacturing, banking and utilities sectors including owner managed + SME. She is a Technology Women in Leadership Mentor as well as a student mentor for local Accounting students and Treasurer for the Parent Council of the school her daughters attend. She has two children and two dogs to keep her busy, but also enjoys running and music in her spare time.
John stays in Holytown, Motherwell, and has two sons, John and Andrew, with his wife Anne.
John works part time as a support worker and is also the Vice Chairman of Phew Respite in Motherwell, where he has successfully fundraised over many years.
Andrew, his youngest son, has autism and severe learning difficulties. As a carer for Andrew, John has an insight into the challenges parents/carers face, and John hopes this will allow him to bring a different perspective to the Hear My Music Board.
Dr Shelly Coyne
Shelly has been a member of the Hear My Music board since the start in 2010.
She is an experienced community musician, researcher and brings knowledge of setting up and leading Givin' it Laldie, another community music charity in Glasgow.
Shelly is passionate about high quality music-making opportunities being accessible for all musicians.
She completed her PhD in 2020 exploring how singers who have experienced homelessness and music leaders give meaning to the experience of group singing participation and she has conducted research for Arts and Homeless International with a team of co-researchers with lived experience of homelessness, producing a review of arts and homelessness in Scotland. Shelly loves dogs and is a puppy walker for the Guide Dog Association, and currently ‘training’ dog number 6 .
Dr Moyra Hawthorn
Moyra has been a member of the Hear My Music board since 2010. Moyra is both a qualified social worker with extensive experience working with traumatised and disabled children and also a qualified Music Therapist, working with a range of children and young people individually and in group settings. She is involved in various community music activities, playing piano, harpsichord, clarinet and concertina, and supports her local community choir. Moyra also loves walking, back-packing, gardening and generally being outdoors.
Dr Colin MacKenzie
Dr Colin MacKenzie FHEA is a long-term business practitioner and a specialist lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland.
He has taught across a range of subjects such as: leadership, sales, research methods, entrepreneurial leadership and human resources management both in the UK and in Asia.
Colin is currently a business consultant and board director. He has previously served on the Scottish Advisory Board of BBC Children in Need and for eighteen years fund-raised for Action for Children as well as being a Trustee of the Cattanach Trust.
Colin is interested in music and claims to play his hi-fi like an expert.
David has an MA in politics, an MBE, and is a professionally qualified social worker. His experience is primarily in childcare and he has had a range of management posts in local authority and the voluntary sector. He has undertaken research at Lancaster, Liverpool and Glasgow universities. He worked for Action for Children where he was a senior manager responsible for a range of services focusing on children with learning difficulties. After ceasing permanent full time work in 2009 he undertook various temporary contracts in childcare management until ceasing paid work in 2016. As well as being a Director with Hear My Music, David is also on the Ethics Committee at The University of The West Of Scotland.