Director of Learning & Participation
Nancy is Director of Learning & Participation for BCMG and has worked with the group since 2000. Before joining BCMG she studied trumpet at the RNCM, taught primary music in Ramallah, Palestine and was awarded an MA in Community Music from the University of York. Nancy is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to compose, perform and listen to new music. In particular she is interested in developing the pedagogy and practice of composing with young people through bringing together composers, educators and researchers.
As well as working for BCMG three days a week, she is musician-in-residence at Adderley Children’s Centre, Birmingham and also works as a research assistant for Exeter University as part of the MIROR Project – an EU funded project investigating the use of new interactive music software developed by SONY France. Nancy has conceived and led training programmes for musicians and early years practitioners working in early years settings for a range of organisations including: The London Symphony Orchestra; The Wigmore Hall; The Royal Scottish National Orchestra; and, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She is the main author of Tuning in to Children, a Youth Music publication created to support Youth Music and the Association of British Orchestra’s Cluster Programme. Nancy also works in Beirut, Lebanon with Al Jana, the Arab Resource Centre for Popular Arts, training youth workers from Palestinian refugee camps to create music with young people.
Nancy also enjoys growing vegetables in her allotment (and cooking them) and recently ran the 7 mile Chevin Chase, an annual run that takes place on Boxing Day each year.