With your help, we can bring the joy of live music
to thousands more people across the UK
With your help, we can bring the joy of live music to thousands more people across the UK

Our Team

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Janet-Fischer

Janet Fischer

Chief Executive
Janet Fischer FRSA is an experienced CEO of cultural organisations and is the Hildegard Behrens Foundation Global Humanitarian Entrepreneur of 2019. Prior to joining Live Music Now, she was CEO (maternity) at ACE NPO Poet in the City and CEO of Fulham Opera. She brings to Live Music Now a proven track record in strategic business and cultural change management, fundraising and programme development.

Janet holds an MMus (RNCM) and an MBA, and in addition to her performing work as a soprano, which has included performances in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America and a two-year stint in the West End, Janet is a teacher, producer, and strategy consultant. She founded Proper Arts in 2018 with the aim of effecting lasting social change through exceptional art. She is particularly interested in developing a sustainable and collaborative business model that allows arts organizations to partner with other not-for-profits and private sector companies to deliver projects that bring the best in talent from across industries and the globe towards resolving issues of social engagement, cohesion, and inclusion.

Outside of her professional life Janet is long-time volunteer for Crisis UK, an avid triathlete and in her spare time she is restoring her ex-Royal Navy Minesweeper MV Tongham.
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Nina Swann

Executive Director
Nina has over twenty years’ experience, devising and managing inclusive music programmes for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahogany Opera Group, Sound Connections and most recently, Live Music Now where she is now Executive Director after 8 years as Strategic Director of Musicians' Development and Director of LMN SE. She has a particular passion for equality of access to the arts, especially music. Nina is a classically trained oboist and Trinity Laban alumna, and still performs when given the chance. show less
Karen-Irwin

Karen Irwin

Strategic Director (Childen & Young People); Director (North West)
Karen has been part of the Live Music Now team since 2004, initially setting up and leading the North East Branch. She now has the dual role of Strategic Director (leading the organisation’s work for young people with additional needs) and North West Branch Director. In her strategic role, Karen works closely with the branches to develop projects, residencies and partnerships which increase musical opportunities for children and young people, particularly those with additional learning needs. In 2016 she developed the SEND Inspire training programme which equips LMN musicians with additional skills for this area of work and supports music provision in special schools through training and resources for classroom staff. The best part of her job is working with the LMN musicians, trainers and mentors to deliver music sessions which can have a significant impact on children and young people’s musical, social and personal development.

Prior to working at LMN, Karen led the London Symphony Orchestra’s award winning Discovery Programme for 8 years years, culminating in the development and launch of its prestigious music education centre, LSO St Luke’s. Based in Liverpool, Karen is music graduate of Queens University Belfast and Durham University. She enjoys playing viola in the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.
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Douglas Noble

Strategic Director (Wellbeing)
Since the beginning of 2005 Douglas has been working in the area of arts and participation, with a specialism in music, across the genres including working closely with artists from culturally diverse backgrounds. He had a successful first career was as an asylum and immigration solicitor at leading London rights practice Fisher Meredith. He has been working as a freelance consultant since 2010, before which he was Project Director at Shepway Find Your Talent and Community Projects Manager at Music for Change.

He brings a unique perspective, having worked both inside and outside arts organisations using music and the arts to bring about beneficial change, both at delivery, strategic, development and training levels. This includes working on projects that specifically delivered benefits for the most marginalized in society, supporting those without access to achieve greater inclusion and opportunity including older people. He has strong commitment to participant led practice, which was developed during his work with the Royal Opera House, Thurrock Creative Partnerships Programme where he was an Area Coordinator. In addition he works in the health sector, and is an Associate Consultant with Tonic Consultants www.tonicconsultants.com

He has his own creative practice and projects. In 2006 he co-founded the Whistable Community Samba Band in 2006, and in 2011 jointly set up Wheely Groovy. During 2012 he co-produced the London 2012 Festival Welcome Songs project for Dartington Arts. He works closely with Music in Detention having helped to establish their national model of delivery following the pilot programme in 2005, developing and delivering their artist practice forum, and produced the HLF Cricket Roots project for Music for Change.
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Hannah Wood

Development Director
Hannah joined Live Music Now in 2020 as Development Director focusing on driving awareness and income for the charity. Hannah has run large-scale charity campaigns for over 13 years, including the World’s Big Sleep Out, Red Nose Day USA and Sport Relief Goes Global, focusing mainly on building partnerships and raising money and awareness for people living tough lives in the UK and around the world. She has worked with hundreds of different charities, as well as partnered with many major global brands such as Google, Deloitte, BBC Worldwide, Walgreens, NBC Universal.

She is passionate about wellbeing and the positive impact that music can have on individuals, as well as its unique ability to bring people together.

In Hannah’s spare time she teaches yoga and loves open water swimming and exploring the outdoors with her husband Jim and German Shepherd puppy ‘Bungle’.
Emily-Roberts

Emily Roberts

Operations Manager
Emily joined Live Music Now as Operations Manager in March 2017. She has over 20 years' administrative experience working in London in industries including classical music, sports event management and third sector: her most recent roles were working for amalgamated charities running 2 almshouses and 3 grant givers, and for a charity delivering senior level transformational leadership programmes.

Outside of work Emily is a busy Mum of two, doesn't play the piano nearly enough, has been singing in choirs for the last 20+ years and is a volunteer Assistant Administrator for the annual Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy.
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Lis Chirinos

Communications & Media Consultant
Lis works as a communications and media consultant for Live Music Now.

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Ruth Mulvey

Director (South East)
Ruth has spent her career in the arts supporting the delivery of participatory music programmes in a variety of settings including prisons, schools, hospitals and other community settings. Prior to joining Live Music in 2021, Ruth managed Australia’s largest school music education programme for Music Australia. Before that, Ruth worked for leading UK arts organisations such as the Irene Taylor Trust, City of London Sinfonia, and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Ruth holds a BMus (Hons) from the Royal Academy of Music and a Masters in Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship from the University of Leeds.

Since moving to Devon in 2012, Sophie led parent and toddler singing sessions before taking up her current position with Live Music Now. In her spare time, she is a governor for a federation of rural primary schools, teaches the recorder and enjoys getting out and about in the beautiful Devon countryside.
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Sophie Dunn

Director (South West)
Sophie joined Live Music Now in 2017, initially as Project Manager and subsequently Director of the increasingly busy South West branch.

She has worked in music for over 20 years, initially training as a secondary music teacher before going on to run the education departments of two chamber orchestras. At City of London Sinfonia, she worked with the orchestra's musicians to bring music into nurseries, schools, care homes, hospitals and prisons, and developed an innovative programme of creative training for businesses which was taken on by many public and private sector organisations.

As Creative Learning Director at Britten Sinfonia, Sophie established a programme of outreach activities linked to the orchestra's eclectic repertoire, and helped to set up the now well-established Britten Sinfonia Academy, a training programme for talented young musicians in the East of England.

Since moving to Devon in 2012, Sophie led parent and toddler singing sessions before taking up her current position with Live Music Now. In her spare time, she is a governor for a federation of rural primary schools, teaches the recorder and enjoys getting out and about in the beautiful Devon countryside.
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Deborah Welch

Director (North East)
Deborah took up the post of Assistant Branch Director NE in April 2014 and was promoted to Director in September 2020. She is a great advocate of the importance of creativity in education and understands the impact that music can have in a wide variety of settings Deborah is very committed to workforce development and believes strongly in the value of continuing professional development.

After graduating in music from Leeds University, Deborah spent 20 years in the secondary education sector, leading several successful school music departments in the Yorkshire area.More recently she has worked across the region supporting the ACE 'Artsmark' initiative, supporting schools to develop their creative offer to pupils. She has worked on a range of national music education initiatives including KS2 Wider Opportunities,the Open University PGCE Music course and is a GCSE Music examiner.
Karen-Irwin

Karen Irwin

Strategic Director (Childen & Young People); Director (North West)
Karen has been part of the Live Music Now team since 2004, initially setting up and leading the North East Branch. She now has the dual role of Strategic Director (leading the organisation’s work for young people with additional needs) and North West Branch Director. In her strategic role, Karen works closely with the branches to develop projects, residencies and partnerships which increase musical opportunities for children and young people, particularly those with additional learning needs. In 2016 she developed the SEND Inspire training programme which equips LMN musicians with additional skills for this area of work and supports music provision in special schools through training and resources for classroom staff. The best part of her job is working with the LMN musicians, trainers and mentors to deliver music sessions which can have a significant impact on children and young people’s musical, social and personal development.

Prior to working at LMN, Karen led the London Symphony Orchestra’s award winning Discovery Programme for 8 years years, culminating in the development and launch of its prestigious music education centre, LSO St Luke’s. Based in Liverpool, Karen is music graduate of Queens University Belfast and Durham University. She enjoys playing viola in the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.
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Rosanna Kwok

Acting Branch Director (South East)
Rosanna has a wealth of experience developing engaging and participatory learning programmes in the arts and heritage sectors. She is passionate about nurturing young artists and creating opportunities to engage diverse audiences.

Prior to working at Live Music Now Rosanna was Producer of Adult Learning Programmes at the National Theatre where she was responsible for setting up their programme of theatre making courses, seminars, workshops and rehearsed readings working with leading playwrights, directors, actors and designers. As Arts Commissioning Officer at Brent Council her work involved commissioning public art, providing guidance and support for local artists, fundraising and developing projects such as Brent Poet Laureate. Rosanna has also worked at the British Museum where as Head of Adult Programmes she developed a world-class programme of lectures, seminars, film screenings and performances.
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Anna MacGregor

Project Manager (South West)
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Yvonne Barwick

Administrator (North East)
Yvonne has been the Administrative Assistant at the LMN North East branch since 2001. Throughout her ‘portfolio career’, and before becoming a freelance music administrator, Yvonne had a series of different occupations – these included being deputy manager at Hull University bookshop, and as self-employed professional dress designer & couturier.

As a mature student, Yvonne read music at Hull University graduating with BMus (Hons). Following her graduation she was employed as the admin assistant in the Music Department (a job then thought to be ‘temporary’!). Twelve years later, the opportunity arose for her to become a freelance music administrator. Some of the organisations she has worked for in the past have included the Leeds Lieder+ Festival, The FMS, and Music and the Deaf. Since 2002 she has been the Administrator for the Hull Philharmonic Society and Orchestra.
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Amy Hughes

Project Manager (North West)
Amy has been the Project Manager for the NW branch since 2016 and also works coordinating the SEND Inspire Programme.

After studying Theatre at Lancaster University, she went on to have a series of roles including working at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Oldham Coliseum Theatre before settling at The Bridgewater Hall where she started as a Box Office Assistant before moving on to Events Coordinator, Deputy Events Manager and Programming Manager.

In her spare time she has volunteered for organisations working to help people who have experienced homelessness – performing with Streetwise Opera and mentoring individuals at the ‘job club’ for The Mustard Tree.

Amy is also a Dementia Friends Champion, running Information Sessions in the community to inspire others to help those living with dementia live well.
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Margaret Gambon

Administrator (North West)

Wales

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Claire Cressey

Director (Wales)
Claire has worked in the arts and charity sectors for over 20 years specialising in bringing outstanding live music opportunities to community audiences and socially excluded groups of all ages.

As an Arts Council Wales portfolio organisation she has led the work of LMN across every one of the 22 counties in Wales for the past four years, doubling the output of concerts during this time to well over 500 nationally. This included producing the musical adaptation of Menuhin's children's story "The King, The Cat & The Fiddle" for his 2016 centenary celebrations with Welsh Folk group, Calan.

Previously Claire spent 7 years as Community Producer for Welsh National Opera where she devised and delivered 'Street Songs', an innovative programme of song writing projects and performances across the South Wales Valleys and Wrexham count,y including 'Nine Stories High', a live/filmed monthly soap opera for the streets of Wrexham, and 'Singing Doctors', a year-long residency at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Claire also produced the world premiere of Errollyn Wallen's Carbon 12: A Choral Symphony with over 250 community and professional performers and the community oratoria 'The Journey' by Alan Harris (Librettist) and Richard Barnard (Composer).

As Assistant Director for Artswork, the national youth arts development agency, Claire established and led on the development and delivery of the first English national Youth Arts Network (ENYAN) as well as Artsplan - the UK leader in youth arts professional development. She also founded Wave Project Cymru in South Wales- a not-for profit using surfing to benefit the lives of disadvantaged children and young people living with or at risk of mental and emotional health issues.
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Heather Chandler

Project Coordinator: Health and Wellbeing
A keen pianist and percussionist, Heather developed a passion for music at an early age and has worked in the arts for many years. Heather graduated from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (now known as Cardiff Metropolitan University) in 2012 with a BA Honours Degree in Music Production and Technology, during which she designed a multi-sensory art installation for SEND children and completed her dissertation on the psychological effects of music. Following this, she volunteered for several years as a Presenter and Producer at Able Radio; a station specifically for disabled people in the community. Here she also carried out technical operations for blind staff and assisted in the teaching of Radio Broadcast at OCN level to disadvantaged children. Interested in commercial radio, Heather later went on to join the promotional team at Heart Radio Wales and completed an internship as Assistant Producer on their breakfast show for three months.

However, remembering the rewarding aspect of her post at Able Radio and the passion for helping others that she experienced there, in 2015 Heather opted for a career change and she became part of the LMN family as an Apprentice Project Assistant. As part of this role she was required to study a Live Events and Promotions Diploma for a year at Cardiff and Vale College. On completion of her apprenticeship she was asked to stay on as a full staff member of LMN and was soon promoted to Project Coordinator. In 2017, Heather became Project Coordinator specifically for Health, Well-Being and Older People so as to allow her to focus on delivering work that benefits older people, in particular those who are isolated and lonely, or living with dementia. She has planned and delivered numerous projects across Wales including a beat boxing project, which aimed to challenge preconceived ideas of ageing and older people, as well as a music festival in Cardiff Bay to raise awareness of LMN’s amazing work.

Northern Ireland

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Alice Lewis

Director (Northern Ireland)
Alice has been working in the arts and cultural sector since 1998, in roles spanning marketing, audience development, project management and outreach. After graduating, her love of classical music, combined with a love of words, led her to start her career with the Philharmonia Orchestra’s marketing department where she spent four very happy years. She went on to work for the Ulster Orchestra, the Belfast Children’s Festival and audience development agency Audiences NI. During this time she initiated and led flagship projects, including Test Drive the Arts NI, which generated thousands of new arts attenders.

Alice then took up a role with RNIB to lead a cross-border project working with the leading hearing and sight loss charities. Bringing her passion for the transformative power of music to bear, Alice developed the scope of the project to include music-based personal development programmes. Capitalising on Derry’s inaugural year as UK City of Culture 2013, Alice produced ‘Sensonic’, a concert headlined by Dame Evelyn Glennie and featuring performers with sensory impairment. The event was unique in being fully accessible to people with hearing and sight loss and attracted just under 1500 people.

Most recently Alice has been working for classical music promoter Walled City Music, based in Derry/Londonderry, developing its outreach and participation programme and coordinating ‘Inclusive Creativity’ a project exploring new ways of music-making for people of all abilities. She is delighted to join Live Music Now and is looking forward to developing its presence in Northern Ireland.

Our Trustees

Sir Vernon Ellis
Ms. Lowri Clement
Mrs. Alexandra Holford
Colleen Keck
Mrs. Caroline Llewellyn
Mr. Simon Millward
Maz O'Connor
Professor George Ockelford
Mrs. Amanda Platt
Norma Sinte
Mr. David Todd
Lady Charlotte Tyrwhitt
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