John is a professional musician with a background in youth work, informal education and facilitation focusing on social change with over 30 years experience of promoting change toward equality and inclusion and the recognition of disability as a human rights issue. More recently John has been involved in the ongoing fight to ensure Independent Living. John has performed all over the world, and his music and songs, drawn from his personal experience have played a central role in creating dialogue & change. John is an Associate consultant with Drake Music working on Disability Equality in Music Education and Research and Development, and part of the leadership team on the Youth Music funded strategic programme Think22.
National Youth Choirs GB Assistant Music Director is regarded as one of the UK’s most dynamic choral conductors and is an international ambassador for choral music through performance and pioneering educational work.
Current positions include Musical Director of London Oriana Choir, Chief Conductor of The Chamber Choir of London, Artistic Director of Youth Choir Kenya, Artistic Director of Ulster Youth Choir, Guest Conductor for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, Guest Conductor for The London Mozart Players and Guest Lecturer at the University of Oxford. Dominic has previously worked as Guest Chorus Master for English National Opera, Guest Conductor for The Royal Opera’s Big Sings and mentor on BBC 2’s ‘The Naked Choir’. Recent engagements include the world premiere of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s ‘The Food of Love’ with the Meridian Sinfonia, Pete Townshend’s ‘Classic Quadrophenia’ for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and performances in China, Thailand, Nepal, UAE, the USA, and Singapore.
An experienced instrumental and classroom teacher, Fran is Managing Director of Musical Futures as well as Head of Extended Learning Development for ArtForms (the music education hub for Leeds). An experienced instrumental and classroom teacher, her work with both ArtForms and Musical Futures connects her with music educators in Leeds, the UK and internationally working to engage young people in relevant, accessible music activities through practical music-making so that they can experience the impact they can have in developing young musicians.
As an organisation dedicated to supporting those working with young people in music, Musical Futures was recently selected as one of the top 100 innovations in global education in 2018 by Finnish education organisation, HundrED.