Jane Acton

MUSICAL NOTES

What do you do for PMZ?

I am the Fundraising Manager

Do you play any instruments / sing?

I sing! I had one lesson and was told I sing deep, I love a harmony and a big Welsh male voice choir in a small Welsh chapel makes me cry.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?

Banjo, only because my grandad made them, I like to dance and I come from the home of George Formby

What has music done for you in your life?

Music has kept me sane and connected. Listening and dancing to others music links me with others and lifts me up, literally on a dance floor. On the few occasions I have been part of making or producing music it feels deeply creative, second only to creating life in motherhood.

What’s the best bit about working at PMZ?

A feeling of being with a group of people who really care about people first and foremost.

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The Good the Bad and Ugly when I was about 7. I can’t think why now really, good beat maybe. The next one was Bob0100 Marley Exodus when I was about 14, which I still love.

    Seth Lakeman

    PMZ Patron

    Seth is a renowned folk singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, who grew up just north of Plymouth, in Buckland Monachorum in West Devon. He is best known for his performances on fiddle and tenor guitar, but also plays the viola and banjo. We are delighted to have Seth as Plymouth Music Zone’s patron.

    “I was completely blown away by the size of the operation at PMZ and the kind of opportunities they provide with their amazing work building the confidence and aspirations of their participants. They change lives everyday and I’m delighted to be Plymouth Music Zone’s first ever patron offering help whenever I can.” Seth Lakeman

        Deborah Myers

        PMZ Special Adviser

        Development Director and Consultant.
        Current Director of Development of the Science Museum Group, the world’s leading group of science museums including five museums across the country.

        MUSICAL NOTES

        What do you do for PMZ?
        I’m a PMZ Special Adviser with a specialism in fundraising for the arts.

        Do you play any instruments?
        I play piano and used to play flute, and I sing.

        What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
        I’d like to think a cello – with its combination of warmth, emotion and boldness.

        What has music done for you in your life?
        I feel like music has touched every part of my life. My Dad inspired a love of jazz through his piano improvisation and my Mum and Dad took me to classical concerts. In my teens I loved the summer music camps run by Avril Dankworth (Johnny’s sister) that I attended which ignited my love of singing. My husband encouraged a love of opera which I pursued when I worked at the Royal Opera House and my children expand my horizons across rap, hip hop, musical theatre and more.

        What’s the best bit about working at PMZ?
        I love the way that music is for everybody at PMZ, young or old and of all abilities and from every section of the community. And I love working with PMZ’s chief executive, the inspiring Debbie Geraghty.

        What’s the first record/CD you ever bought?
        Every Breath You Take, by The Police

          Rob Tilsey

          Rob Tilsley

          MUSICAL NOTES

          What do you do for PMZ?
          I coordinate the Knowledge Exchange project with Plymouth University.

          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.

          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

            Dave England

            MUSICAL NOTES

            What do you do for PMZ?
            I coordinate PMZ’s events throughout the year, including Summer Jam, The Nick Thomas Awards and Tea, Tinsel & Tonsils as well as supporting people in the community to raise funds for the wonderful work PMZ gets to do. I’m also a Music Leader.

            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!

              Chris Moore

                  Pat Tansell

                  Pat hasn’t let her congenital blindness stop her from starting to learn the piano aged 80. Opportunities for her to learn earlier in her life did not arise, so she has grabbed the chance to get those fingers tinkling and has become an accomplished pianist in only just over 2 years. She has been a regular participant in PMZ’s ‘Keep Singing Keepsakes’ sessions at ‘The Rise’ – sheltered housing for people with sight loss. She is also a dedicated and active forum member for both PMZer and Engage at PMZ. Even her recent difficult battles with health have not diminished her drive and determination to develop musically at the same time as passionately advocating for others to be able to do the same.

                      Mike Canning

                      MUSICAL NOTES 

                      What do you do for PMZ?

                      I help in three sessions a week: in ‘Baton Beats’ – a weekly percussion session for anyone over 18, ‘Moving Sounds’ music and movement workshop for adults with disabilities and the regular ‘Keep Singing Keepsake’ session at the Rise (Plympton). I also assist Intergenerational Coordinator Rob with the Rhythma and Resepect project and the PMZ forums.

                      Do you play any instruments?

                      I play midi keyboard and an iPad, I also try a bit of singing now and then.

                      What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

                      A set of drums because I can sometimes be loud!

                      What has music done for you in your life?

                      Music has helped build up my confidence and all the people at PMZ have helped me grow as a person.   As a result it’s enabled me to volunteer at SCOPE and I also now enjoy volunteering for iOrchestra once a year.   I don’t think I would ever have tried to volunteer for Highbury if I wasn’t at PMZ.

                      What’s the best bit about volunteering at PMZ?

                      I volunteer and work in many places. Sometimes I feel as though I don’t get treated equally.  However at PMZ I feel as though they are like another family.

                      What’s the first record/CD you ever bought?

                      I think it was one of the “Now that’s what I call Music” CDs, I enjoy a variety of different types of music from 60s to heavy rock and some of today’s chart hits.

                          Chris Burns

                          MUSICAL NOTES

                          What do you do for PMZ? 

                          Volunteer, (Steve) Blakey’s little helper, photographer, PMZer Forum member, car park attendant and greeter.

                          Do you play any instruments?

                          Not really

                          What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

                          Beat Machine

                          What has music done for you in your life?

                          Tends to get me singing in the car. Can be a source of ideas and thought

                          What’s the best bit about volunteering at PMZ?

                          Fun, laughter and the close relationships which are formed.

                          What was the first record/CD you ever bought?

                          Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

                              Paul White

                              MUSICAL NOTES

                              What do you do for PMZ?
                              I am a music leader, at the moment working mainly with older people and with teenagers.

                              Do you play any instruments?
                              I sing and play guitar.

                              What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
                              The Kazoo. It’s cheap, simple and makes people laugh.

                              What has music done for you in your life?
                              So much! It has brought friendship, creativity and masses of fun.
                              And with my band I get to make a lot of noise!

                              What’s the best bit about working at PMZ?
                              When you have a breakthrough moment with someone and you see their face light up.  I call it ‘switching on light bulbs’. ‘Music making a difference’, and it’s great to be part of a team of like-minded people who are all so very different.

                              What’s the first record/CD you ever bought?
                              David Bowie – Space Oddity