Core Team

 


SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM 


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Development Director Debbie Geraghty, Co-director

DEBBIE GERAGHTY - Executive Director

 
 
 
 
Tel: 01752 213690
 
 
 
MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
My job is to lead the team down the right road and hopefully inspire them in the process! They certainly inspire me. I've been here 12 years and not a day goes by when my heart doesn't burst with the sheer pride and joy of working in a place that is all about making things happen for people.

Do you play any instruments?
I play guitar in a manner of speaking. Compared to everyone else at PMZ I'm terrible. Compared to my mum I'm fabulous.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
I feel because I'm Scottish I should say the bagpipes. But I fear people might say it's because I'm an old bag that makes a bit of a racket if you don't play with me properly. And I'm obviously nothing like that. Honestly.

What has music done for you in your life?
I hail from a large Irish immigrant family of singing, guitar playing drinkers in Glasgow who spread their love of country and western music in the wee small hours by keeping me awake on many a night as a child. Patsy Cline was my bedtime story. Music has been my therapy ever since.   

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
The best bit is seeing people find their voice especially those who've never quite been given the chance before, it's witnessing the extraordinary power of music to change the world, a little bit at a time.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I bought two at the same time. Yes Sir I Can Boogie by Baccara and Daddy Cool by the Darts. Then forced my brothers to dance to them while I stood and switched the light on and off disco style. 


Karl Meyer Music Programme Manager, Co-director

KARL MEYER - Music Programme Manager

karl@plymouthmusiczone.org.uk

Tel: 01752 213690

 

MUSICAL NOTES 

What do you do for PMZ?
I’m the Music Programme Manager which means I get the amazing job of setting up and managing all the music making activities that take place. I also look after our team of incredible Music Leaders that put the difference into Music Making a Difference.

Do you play any instruments?
Yes, I play guitar, bass guitar, drums I sing and I tend to terrorise any other instruments that get in my way.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
It’s an obvious one, but I would have to say the guitar because just like me it can be just as much pretentious, loud and in your face as it can be gentle, quiet and unassuming.

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has changed my life, without it I’d be a very different person. It has been my life’s plaster always there for me, a shoulder to cry on as much as a friend to celebrate with. I’m indebted to music, it’s given me my job, my friends, my lifetime of experiences and most importantly a meaning to who and what I am. 

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Being a part of something that truly makes a life changing difference is an astonishing feeling. But for me it’s also about the small things, that add up to those life changing moments. It’s an overwhelming feeling being a part of the empowerment people get from music allowing them to smile (maybe for the first time in a long time), feeling confident and full of energy to speak, sing or play an instrument, giving them a voice and an opinion and most importantly just allowing people to feel able to have fun and express themselves. 

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
The first record I was given (by my Mum for Christmas) was Michael Jackson’s Bad and Paul Simon’s Graceland. But, just watch my credibility sink through the floor...However, the first album I BOUGHT was America’s Least Wanted By Ugly Kid Joe, I was thirteen and I bought it on tape the day it came out from what was then Plymouth’s best (independent) record store Rival Records.


Glyn Fuge

GLYN FUGE - Admin and Finance Manager

glyn@plymouthmusiczone.org.uk

Tel: 01752 213690

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
Administration and finance and anything else that needs doing.

Do you play any instruments?
Keyboard – the computer keyboard that is..

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
Haven’t a clue but I wouldn’t mind being a harp – they look very grand.

What has music done for you in your life?
Made me happy, made me exercise, even helps me do housework (Nirvana being favourite at the moment), made me remember people and events, given me a job I enjoy with and for people I more than like!

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Seeing that PMZ does make a difference - every day, all day.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I would love to plead the 5th amendment but I reckon it may well be Free’s single All Right Now.  Mind you, I was very mean and would madly record everything off the radio at a very young age.  This would be using tapes and electricity!
 



JEANY ROBINSON - Development Manager

jeany@plymouthmusiczone.org.uk

Tel: 01752 213692

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I'm responsible for applying for funding from various Trusts and Foundations as well as public funders such as the Big Lottery and Arts Council England.  I'm also responsible for marketing for the PMZ, which can include writing press-releases, updating the website, social media and all things that will tell you about what we're up to at the moment.  But at PMZ we all get involved in all sorts of different areas of work, so I'm never bored as there's always a million and one things to think about, and that's how I like it.

Do you play any instruments?
Not very well and only by ear; a bit of guitar, an even tinier bit of piano and of course the recorder, which you never forget once learnt. But I’m not very good at any of them, I just don't practise enough.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
Maybe a recorder, because less is more. 

What has music done for you in your life?
I met my husband when we both joined the same band in Leeds and now all my children sing and/or play an instrument, so music and singing is always all around me.  

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
The best bit about working at PMZ is meeting all the lovely people that come to our sessions and hearing the amazing music they’re making!  I cried when I heard rehearsals yesterday for a forthcoming performance – it was so beautiful. 

What's the first record/CD you ever bought? I think it was “I’m an Ape Man” by the Kinks. It was one of my favourite songs at the time (I was about 11).  We'd just been bought a Dansette record player and I had to buy a record to play on it.  I still love the Kinks, and we've still got all our old records (oh sorry, I mean 'vinyl'). They've got a great sound, it's much richer and just .... hmmmm, gorgeous.


ANNA BATSON - Training and Research Manager

Anna Batson

email: anna@plymouthmusiczone.org.uk

Tel: 01752 213692

 

MUSICAL NOTES 

What do you do for PMZ?  I lead on Plymouth Music Zone's work with research partners such as Plymouth University, currently carrying out a 2 year Arts Council England funded research project exploring the role of the unspoken in music making, including people with communication barriers who cannot or do not speak.  I also develop and deliver training for PMZ, bringing the extensive and unique experience within the organisation to more people through skills-sharing and training events.  This can include the creation of new resources, fundraising and reporting the impact of our work. Amongst all of that I also still lead workshops across a range of settings, making use of my voice and instrumental skills to help support people on their musical journeys. I also use music technology alongside acoustic musical instruments to help provide access to music in different ways. 

ymouthmusiczone.org.ukMUSICAL NOTESWhat do you do for PMZ?  I lead workshops across a range of settings, making use of my voice and instrumental skills to help support people on their musical journeys. I also use music technology alongside acoustic musical instruments to help provide access to music in different ways. My other role is to develop and deliver training for PMZ bringing the extensive and unique experience within the organisation to more people through skills-sharing and training events. I also help with the creation of new resources, fundraising and reporting the impact of our work.Do you play any instruments? It's quite well known within PMZ that I have a bit of an instrument-collecting passion/fixation! Aside some weird and wonderful sound-making gadgets and machines, my main instruments are: Bassoon, Piano, Saxophones, Flute, Guitar.
What musical instrument would best describe you and why? Funnily enough, my Bassoon and I are very similar! A complicated beast - it can laugh and joke as well as be serious, melancholy and thoughtful. It's an instrument of many colours. It can be low or high, legato or staccato, loud or quiet and quite frankly is very tricky to handle, looks bonkers, and involves learning lots of complicated things in order to make it work (!).  It can hide at the back of the orchestra, taking a step back as well as holding its own when needs be!

What has music done for you in your life? I can't ever imagine my life without music. It has been beside me for my whole journey and is not something I can separate from myself when I describe it. I remember taking the front off the piano when I was very young to pretend I was a harpist and being delighted to discover a whole other world of sounds you can find inside a piano aside from playing the keys! I also remember when I was six, turning the piano and stool into a hair-salon and getting into a fair amount of trouble for cutting my own and my sister's hair off. The piano is always there with me and part of my story.

Music often helps me overcome shyness and gain confidence where other things just won't work. It helps me explain myself to others when words just don't quite do it. It has helped me understand the world and has never failed to bring me resolution and understanding in the most unexpected of ways. Grief, joy, love, friendships, sing-songs, silly and sad times, work, play, travel, goodbyes - music is always there amplifying the experience and developing within my soul, making me who I am and bringing the most precious and poignant gifts to me without fail.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ? People! And, of course, being surrounded by music at all times.  The kinds of magical 'hurrah' moments (and hours!) that are experienced through the sessions never cease to amaze me. At the risk of sounding 'fluffy', I have to say you cannot place a value on this. Often it's the smallest of steps or gestures that make the difference, and more often than not, not necessarily in the musical context or the immediate moment.  For me, watching the relationships between people and music - the unfurling of spontaneous creativity and developing self-worth in people who often had no idea it lay within themselves, is beautiful, powerful and not comparable with any other life experience. It's a great honour to be working with everyone at PMZ and I'm really proud to be part of the team.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought? A Greenpeace compilation vinyl record with loads of cool bands on, including R.E.M 'End of the World As We Know It'. I played that record until it was paper-thin as well as Tracey Chapman's 'Fast Car'. When I was 12, I saved up for 'Automatic for the People' on CD bought joyously from a small record shop in Torquay.

I got my first Gramophone record when I was in my 30s:  "Knees Up Mother Brown". It's hilarious and hideously scratched but that's why I like it. Talk about going backwards with the technology! No electricity required - I love winding up my old 1940's picnic gramophone and the fact the needles need changing on every play.
Weirdly -  I can't remember my first MP3!


OTHER CORE TEAM MEMBERS


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Emma GlynnLOUISE TURRELL - Finance Officer

louise@plymouthmusiczone.org.uk

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
Finance Dragon!

Do you play any instruments?
No, I play nothing. Although I do have a saxophone at home and hope to play it one day.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
Any instrument that is complicated.

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has given me a place to escape to.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Glyn. (She she told me to say that!)

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
'Tainted Love' by Soft Cell. The total truth is that I bought five all on the same day, but that's the only one I can remember.
 


Simon Hackworthy

SIMON HACKWORTHY - Music Leader/Trainer

simon@plymouthmusiczone.org.uk

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I work as a music leader running musical activities and one to ones across PMZ's programme. I also deliver specialist training in music technology and the use of the recording studio as well as other areas on the technical side of things. My music leading tends to focus on work with vulnerable older people especially those in residential homes or  mental health units as well as the use of accessible technology to engage disabled musicians. I'm also currently studying for a degree in music at Plymouth University which helps to complement my practice.

Do you play any instruments?
Proficient on Bass guitar and keen amateur on piano and vocals.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
That’s a really daft question and I can’t think of an answer.

What has music done for you in your life?
Music Provided a soundtrack to every situation, good and bad.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Seeing the true power of music really making a difference.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I was given the 7” single of ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon’ by Tony Orlando at the age of six but the first single I bought was ‘Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick’ by Ian Dury & the Blockheads.


STEVE BLAKE - Building Manager

steve@plymouthmusiczone.org.uk

Tel:  01752 213691

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
It is my job to love and care for the building in which PMZ is based. That care also extends to the equipment used by music leaders and participants.

Do you play any instruments?
Unfortunately I do not play any instruments but I do a bit of singing in an acoustic duo.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
A Gibson Les Paul but with a couple of broken strings and probably out of tune.

What has music done for you in your life?
One of my earliest memories is of music, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" by Marmalade on a sunny day in the back garden of my parents first house and as long as I can remember music has been a constant. It has lifted me, moved me, filled me with awe and made me feel blessed. Music has helped me sleep, relieved a lot of boredom and when it is great I can think of nothing better.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
The fantastic people and the atmosphere of warmth and creativity.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
First album was The Beatles 1962-1966 the one with the red sleeve. The first single was probably a theme tune something like “Dr Who” or “Blake’s 7”.


ROB TILSLEY - Intergenerational Coordinator 

rob@plymouthmusiczone.orguk                

Tel: 01752 213692

 

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I’m the Intergenerational Coordinator which involves managing the Changing Tunes programme, developing PMZ’s user forums, developing events as well as doing marketing and fundraising.

Do you play any instruments?
My specialities are Ghanaian Drumming and Latin Percussion, these involve being proficient playing a wide range of percussion instruments, I also play guitar, ukulele, bass, drum kit and piano. I have been known to pick up a Gaffophone from time to time but the less said about that the better.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
Crystal Baschet, it’s one of a kind, it’s weird and it does things in its own unique and somewhat awkward way.

What has music done for you in your life?
I didn’t speak until I was 3, I couldn’t decide if I was left or right handed, to this day can’t spell. Music was the first thing I was ‘good’ at. In primary school I became top of the class at playing recorder and music showed me that I could succeed, that I had a place in this world.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
I’ve never worked somewhere before where I’ve looked forward to going into work every day. I’ve never worked somewhere before where I have believed in what I am doing. I’ve never worked anywhere before that has been so fun, challenging, rewarding, silly, serious, kind and just generally amazing.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I’m going to go with the first record I bought because I can’t really remember what the first CD was, and if I could it would no doubt be embarrassing. After being given a record player for Christmas by my girlfriend (now wife) in 2006 I went out and bought the soundtrack from 2001 A Space Odyssey which has been a hugely important musical influence throughout my life.


DAVE ENGLAND - Events Coordinator and Music Leader 

events@plymouthmusiczone.org.uk

Tel: 01752 213692

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?
I coordinate several of PMZ's events throughout the year, including Summer Jam, The Nick Thomas Awards and Tea, Tinsel & Tonsils. I'm also a Music Leader working on sessions such as Sensory Sounds, Sound Track and at Waypoints Dementia Care.   

Do you play any instruments?
I’ve played the piano since I was 10.  I attempt singing but mostly in the shower.  Since working at PMZ I have mastered three chords on the guitar and am brave enough to sing, albeit for the encouragement of others!

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?

As a lover of 80’s music (my childhood!) I'd have to say a good old synthesizer! Axel F anyone??

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has supported me through every possible emotion from the saddest to the happiest times.  It has helped to build my confidence and to express myself.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Seeing the genuine difference PMZ’s work makes to people’s lives.  I’m so proud to be a part of the team.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I remember buying the first Now That's What I Call Music album on cassette or possibly a Bucks Fizz record!