Meet Our Early Years Music Leaders
Carol works across the North East, leading music sessions and sharing practice with others who work with children. Carol is currently the Programme Leader and Project Musician for Loud & Clear and Early Years (maternity cover) as well as a Project Musician for CoMusica and In Harmony Newcastle Gateshead.
Carol graduated with a BA (Hons) Dance and Movement from Northumbria University and has since developed her career in music with the Sage Gateshead Community Music Trainee and Apprenticeship. Outside of Sage Gateshead Carol runs early years music sessions for families and early years birthday parties as Acorn Tree Music. She played percussion and vocals with Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, an award-winning folk quartet and is a compere at Cambridge Folk Festival.
Laura is an experienced community musician and multi-instrumentalist working across the North East. She is a Music Leader at Sage Gateshead and currently works on the Early Years team, CoMusica SEND programme and the Silver Programme.
Laura graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Community Music from the University of Sunderland in partnership with Sage Gateshead. In addition to her work at Sage Gateshead she delivers a wide variety of musical activities around the region.
Paige is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and ukulele player. She is a Music Leader and works on the Early Years team as well as the Inspire Programme. Paige graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Community Music. Outside of Sage Gateshead she is a freelance community musician and session singer and spends her time gigging across the North East.
Jim started his journey as a community musician by accompanying dance classes and working on cross arts projects with dancers and story tellers in schools throughout the North East. He joined Sage Gateshead in 2001 and currently works as a Music Leader, mentor, assessor and a trainer as well as a musician, delivering a range of work across different programmes.
Jim works independently as an Arts Broker for Newcastle City Council, connecting children to inclusive arts activities, as well as delivering music workshops for them. He is an accredited life coach, coaching individuals working in the arts sector.
Ryan is a Music Leader working across several of the programmes at Sage Gateshead. In addition to being part of the Early Years team he works with the Silver Programme and In Harmony Newcastle Gateshead.
Ryan has a first class BA (Hons) in Community Music, an MA in Community Music, and is currently undertaking a part time PhD at York St John University, exploring the notions of ownership, empowerment and transformation within community music. Outside of his work at Sage Gateshead, Ryan delivers one to one instrumental lessons and gives lectures to undergraduate students on inclusive music practice.
Mel graduated with a BMUS (Hons) in Jazz, Popular and Contemporary Music from the University of Sunderland in partnership with Sage Gateshead. Mel is a Music Leader and Project Musician at Sage Gateshead and in addition to being a part of the Early Years team she works with Music Spark, the Silver Programme and the Adult Programme.
Klaire is an Early Years Music Leader and Project Musician. Her background lies in street dance, singing, rapping, percussion and guitar and she specialises in music and movement with Under 5s, Afro-Latin percussion and working with KS1,2 and 3 groups on singing and songwriting.
Klaire runs her own Zumba classes while also working as a freelance community musician.
Sofia De Castro
Sofia began a degree in Law at the Lisbon University before moving to Newcastle to continue her studies as a musician on the Trainee and Apprenticeship for Community Musicians at Sage Gateshead. She works with the Silver, Early Years and CoMusica programmes, leading choirs and working with families with young children.
Sofia is also a freelance musician with her own adult choirs, teaching piano and performing with local band Tchotchke.
Imogen became part of the Early Years team after working as an instrumentalist on some of the big family events. Imogen has a BA (Hons) degree in Folk and Traditional music and in addition to her work with Early Years she is a Music Leader on the Young Musicians Programme and Folkworks programme for adults and teenagers. Outside of our building Imogen spends her time gigging in bands and offers private tuition.
Rachel works on the Loud and Clear Move on Up programme, having fun making music with families who have adopted young children. She completed her PGCE in 2008 and worked as a primary school teacher where she realised that she was passionate about doing music in other settings too.
Rachel runs ‘Musitots’, her own music classes for preschool children, babies and their parents and carers. In 2017 Rachel made a children’s CD ‘Fly High’ with her husband and fellow musician Ben Church.
Ashleigh graduated with a BA (Hons) in Community Music from the University of Sunderland in partnership with Sage Gateshead. She is a Music Leader working on the Early Years, InHarmony, CoMusica and Schools programmes as well as the Programme Leader for Gender Equality.
She also works with New Writing North, Sunderland Music Hub, Liverpool Learning Partnership, Sunderland Empire Creative Learning, Unfolding Theatre and The Amber Trust as a musician, writer and facilitator.
Ashleigh is a singer and performer, working freelance with choirs, music in hospitals and is a compere at Cambridge Folk Festival.