Cumbria Music Service

Out of the Box: Music Conference 2022

Thursday 20 October

North Lakes Hotel, Penrith

Registration from 8.45am - ends 16.30

2022 gives us the chance to meet together again in person and this year our Conference really is an opportunity not to be missed. Our Key Note Speaker comes to Cumbria straight from his role as  Ofsted National Lead for music at schools. We've brought together as diverse a range of speakers and subjects as we can - covering key issues including inclusive music practice, putting children at the heart of music making, music and mental health - helping you bring music 'Out of the Box' in your school. 

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Out of the Box

Full Ticket Price: £130 (£110 for additional delegates) 

Lunch and refreshments included

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8.45 Registration

9.15 Welcome - Marion Hinds and Warm up with Ollie Tunmer 

9.45–10.30 Keynote - Beyond provision and participation - the importance of rigour, high standards and ambitious leadership in school music 

10.45-12.00 Session 1

12.00-1.00 Session 2

1.00-1.45 Lunch (included in ticket price)

1345-1445 Session 3

1500-1600 Session 4

1600-1630 Closing with Swerve & JD

Key Note Speaker: Mark Phillips

Beyond provision and participation - the importance of rigour, high standards and ambitious leadership in school music.

Following his Keynote, Mark will lead a workshop with small-group discussions around key issues of progression, pedagogy, repertoire and assessment in classroom music from Key Stage 1 - 3.

Mark comes to our conference fresh from finishing his role as Ofsted National lead for music at schools. He spent 16 years as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI), Senior HMI and National Lead for Music. In 2022 he founded BEAMS (Education and Music), offering support and advocacy to schools, local authorities, academy trusts and music hubs.

Mark Phillips taught music in schools for over 20 years, including as an Advanced Skills Teacher. He has worked with local authority music services, including conducting and managing orchestras and jazz groups. Mark is an enthusiastic gardener and a lifelong supporter of West Ham United, His musical credentials have been further enhanced by twice being a member of the UK jury for the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Mark Philips

Ollie Tunmer: Beat Goes On

Session 1: Body Percussion with Literacy

Learn how to plan, deliver and develop cross-curricular lessons that support the teaching of both music and literacy. Based on work completed with Pie Corbett of Talk for Writing, this training will:

• Show you how to create musical rhythms from the rhythms of words (rhythmonics)

• Explore rhythm games, great for warm ups and scaffolding learning

• Introduce you to cross-curricular teaching opportunities for music and literacy

• Explore assessment & feedback in a music classroom

• Create a musical buzz throughout the school!

Session 2: Stomp Style Body Percussion

Fun, creative and engaging activities suitable for all ages and experiences.

• Explore a wide range of activities using the body as a percussive instrument

• Develop performance and composition skills that can be applied to all other instruments and the voice

• Apply techniques in classrooms immediately (non-music trained teachers will be able to use the material too)

Ollie is the director of ‘Beat Goes On’, a percussion workshop company specialising in STOMP-style Body Percussion and Afro-Brazilian Percussion. They deliver workshops and CPD sessions throughout the UK including at the Music & Drama Education EXPO, the Music Mark Annual Conference and for numerous music education hubs throughout the UK.

Beat Goes On also work with a range of international schools. This has included keynote presentations at the Latin American Heads Conference in São Paulo, BSME (British Schools in the Middle East)’s inaugural Music & Drama Conference in Dubai, Musical Futures Australia's 'Big Gig' in Melbourne, a residency at North London Collegiate School Jeju in South Korea, Little Kids Rock's 'Modern Band Summit' in Colorado, USA and numerous events throughout Europe.

Ollie is a former cast member of the hit show STOMP and their sister show ‘The Lost & Found Orchestra’. He is also an ex secondary music teacher and combines these to create experiences that are beneficial, memorable and great fun!

His body percussion tutorial ‘Body Beats - an easy and fun guide to the art of Body Percussion’, published through Hal Leonard, is available from

For free downloadable resources, videos and all workshop and teacher training enquiries please visit and follow @BeatGoesOnUK

Ollie Tunmer

Sam Stimpson: SLS 360

Session : Inclusive Music Practice in Action


• Ways into ED&I - Finding your way: Key definitions, principles and language

• Authentic leadership - Why YOU need to show up in your lessons

• Musical appropriation vs appreciation & representation vs tokenism

Outcome: Participants will:

• Leave with a clear understanding of key language and terms specifically to do with race and ethnicity

• Develop greater awareness and understanding of musical cultures and identity, and the importance of inclusive and authentic leadership

• Learn pitfalls to avoid when using diverse styles of music

• Come away simple with practical activities they can use with their students and adapt.

Sam Stimpson is the Founder and Managing Director of SLS 360, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion consultants who specialise in working within the Arts & Music sector. SLS 360 was founded by Sam in 2021 after 20 years working in the Music and Education sector as Assistant Head of a Music Education Hub in London, Music Advisor and an Ethnic Minority Achievement Consultant.

In April 2021, Sam published the first report on Workforce diversity within Music Education Hubs in London, commissioned by Music Mark, which explores the inequality and disparity that exists in the sector through the lens of race. The report highlighted a need to take action and lead to a sector-wide response and the creation of the Talk into Action movement.

Having spent most of her working life as the only one or one of few leaders in this sector, driven by a desire for change, she now uses her voice, knowledge and expertise to challenge and support individuals and organisations take action to affect meaningful change in the field of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Sam Stimpson

Lucinda Geoghegan: NYCOS

Session 1: Music in Everyone - Early Years and Key stage 1 

Simple songs and games offering an accessible way into music for everyone.

Session 2: Music in Everyone - Focus on Key stage 2

More songs and games to continue developing musical understanding and enjoyment.

Session 3: Developing Musicianship at Key stage 3

How the Kodaly approach can support and develop your musicality.

Lucinda is currently Creative Learning Director for NYCOS and a regular tutor, and Chair of the Education Planning Board for the British Kodály Academy. In 2017 Lucinda was elected as a Director on the Board of the International Kodály Society and in 2019 she was delighted to be invited to be a tutor for the Benedetti Foundation.

She has a strong commitment to training in music education according to the Kodály concept and her work involves Staff Development training across Britain presenting workshops on Kodály musicianship and methodology. She is a guest lecturer on the summer and yearly courses at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary, and is a frequent workshop leader in Australia and Singapore. In addition, she has delivered workshops in Ireland, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Qatar, Canada and USA.

Lucinda graduated in music from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, completed a postgraduate teaching qualification at Moray House College of Education and trained with the Kodály Institute of Britain where she gained an Advanced Diploma in musicianship with Distinction. She worked as a secondary music teacher in Edinburgh before deciding to specialise in Primary and Early Years Music Education. She was also a theory and musicianship lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for 20 years. 

Publications written by Lucinda for NYCOS include – Singing Games and Rhymes for Tiny Tots, Singing Games and Rhymes for Early Years (Books 1 and 2) Singing Games and Rhymes for Middle Years (Books 1 and 2) and with Dr László Nemes Singing Games and Rhymes for ages 9 to 99. With Christopher Bell she wrote the musicianship programme Go for Bronze, Go for Silver and Go for Gold, the latter being recognised by ABRSM.


Swerve & JD: Horizon Music Studios

Session : Out of the Box - A journey through Music Production

Josh & Josh, directors of Horizon Studios, also known as SWERVE & JD will be taking us on a journey through music production. Come on a guided exploration of audio recording & sound manipulation. Discover audio effects, make some noise and 'throw spaghetti at the wall!'
Fresh off the Kendal Calling stage Josh & Josh, also known as SWERVE & JD, are arguably the strongest rap duo to come out of Cumbria. After spending a collective 17 years in the music industry (in various forms) they decided to share their knowledge with the people of their community. Working country wide, with countless partners, their goal is to support and empower young people through music - all while producing & releasing their own music."

Sarah Bisson

Session : Music = good mental health = good learning 

We all know that music is good for our mental health. Music has been used too by occupational therapists for years to improve sensory processing difficulties. Much research has been done in America by psychologists in collaboration with classical composers and musicians to further understand the hows and the whys.

This session will explain how music can change brain functionality and how we can do some of this in the school setting. We will then look at the link between mental health and neurodiversity and why music is key to unlocking the skills of this group of students. 

Sarah Bisson BA (Hons), PGDip, PGDip (SpLD), APC, AMBDA is a Specific Learning Difficulties Teacher and Assessor and also a Trauma and Mental Health in Schools Practitioner. I have trained in recent times as a Listening Program Provider which enables me to support children using a music program which will be tailored to their mental health, literacy issues, attention issues or sensory issues. My own son uses it and has seen benefits. In the past I was the equivalent of a SENDCo for Adult Education across Cumbria. I have also managed a youth charity, lectured in University, worked in the homeless sector and was a soldier in the Infantry.

Ros Hawley: Songbirds Music UK

Session : Children and young people's voices at the heart of music making

Explore ways to inclusively ensure children and young people’s voices are at the heart of music making: “We will work through a series of fun and creative activities giving opportunities to practice, share, discuss and reflect on strategies and techniques used in creative music making, offering delegates space to think about how to develop their own practice, and how to use their own creativity to enable the best outcomes of the groups they work with.”

Please bring your own instruments, sound makers and voices to this session!

Ros Hawley specialises in developing the use of music in hospital, educational and residential settings. She delivers training programmes for musicians and non-music specialists which support skills development and confidence in using music to create, interact and communicate inclusively. She has worked with numerous organisations across the UK and abroad to develop their creative residency programmes, training and reflective evaluation practices in SEND and healthcare settings.

She is lead trainer for Live Music Now’s flagship Inspire programme, which progressively develops musicians’ skills and competencies to work in special educational needs school settings. Ros is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Songbirds Music UK, she is passionate about the power of musical interaction to open new spaces for communication in peoples lives, and has written a PhD examining her approach to using music with children in hospital spaces.

Ros Hawley

Annie Mawson MBE MRSM: Sunbeams

Session : Music for Life

Sunbeams Music For Life® is the innovative Community Music Therapy programme which Annie pioneered in 1992, when she founded Sunbeams Music Trust. Through structured interactive workshops, specially trained professional musicians use live music as a tool for therapeutic and developmental benefit for groups of disabled and disadvantaged children and adults. They aim to improve quality of life and provide a unique yet innate means of communication, even if all other strategies have failed, encouraging personal development and self-expression. The interaction which takes place is profound, and also helps to eliminate any discrimination and preconceptions held by the general public.

“At Music For Life® there are never any wrong notes, only the person’s notes: notes aren’t moral.” (Quote from Annie!)

A typical statement from a Manager of one of Sunbeams’ project venues writes: “Many of our children have very profound learning and physical disabilities and some have behaviours which prove challenging in many aspects of daily life. These children are often excluded from life choices and opportunities – but not when Sunbeams is on the scene.”

Annie realised that music had the power to unlock the strongest of defence mechanisms. She put her theories into practice and has since witnessed some extremely moving transformations, some of which she will describe in today’s session and explain why the great American Composer, Philip Glass was her first Patron.

Although Annie is an International singer and harpist, she is most proud of being a Cumbrian farmer’s daughter, as it is her family, the Cumbrian fells and her Celtic heritage which have most inspired her along her musical journey. “Canto Ergo Sum” symbolises Annie’s philosophy - “I sing, therefore I am”, and thus she endeavours to bring out the music which she believes is inside everyone.

In 1992 Annie founded the Sunbeams Music Trust which now employs 10 professional multi-talented musicians, who provide “Music For Life®” and “Music for Dignity®” in over 50 projects every month, throughout Cumbria, for over 15,000 people with Special Needs. Wherever her professional singing career takes her, it is with Sunbeams where her heart and vision lie. By following her vision, her belief in the transformative power of music upon people with disabilities, Sunbeams have raised £2.5 million - to build their own Music Centre which is a “sustainable legacy” for people with special needs and opened in January 2017.

Annie Mawson