Workshop Leaders

Katherine Zeserson (Inspire Music, Sage Gateshead, Music Generation Ireland, Sing Up!)

Katherine’s work focuses on strategy, practice and professional development in music and culture. She believes in the power of reflective artistic practice to inspire human development and build compassionate communities. From 2001 to 2015 she was Founding Director of Learning and Participation at Sage Gateshead, and in 2016 she became Programme Director for inspire-music, a Paul Hamlyn Foundation initiative stimulating professional learning in music education. Other key roles include Strategic Advisor to Music Generation Ireland, Chair of Sing Up Ltd.  and a long-term advisory role supporting socially engaged youth music and arts programmes in São Paulo, Brazil.). She is a singer with particular interests in improvised music and inclusive vocal practice.

Dominic Peckham (National Youth Choirs of Great Britain)

NYCGB Assistant Music Director Dominic Peckham is regarded as one of the UK’s most dynamic young choral conductors and is also an international ambassador for choral music through performance and pioneering educational work. In addition to an array of positions including Musical Director of London Oriana Choir and Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House’s RM19 Youth Chorus, Dominic is Artistic Director and Founder of educational initiative iSingUK, has worked as Guest Chorus Master at English National Opera, and appeared as a mentor on BBC 2’s The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone. Other recent highlights include a tour to Nairobi to launch a Kenyan youth choir, chorus mastering for Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia at the Royal Albert Hall, and tours to Turkey, the Gulf and the Far East.

Pauline Brandon (In Harmony)

Pauline Brandon has been involved in providing music education for the past 27 years, both within the community and in a variety of school settings. She has worked with children from pre-school to university, at different ability levels.

The knowledge and experience Pauline has as a teacher and performer is grounded in her own strong musical education and training: Pauline is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where she studied with Yossi Zivoni and Maciej Rakowski.  She was also a student of David Vinden at the Purcell School of Music where she studied using the Kodaly approach to musicianship training. She is a strong advocate of this method, along with Dalcroze eurithmics and Colourstrings methods.

Pauline is currently the Programme Leader of In Harmony Newcastle Gateshead. In Harmony is an immersive music programme working with primary school children to help them improve their life chances, social skills and educational attainment through learning an orchestral instrument. The programme is delivered by Sage Gateshead in the West End of Newcastle mainly at Hawthorn Primary School. Pauline has created the curriculum, developed resources, composed repertoire, and constantly monitors progress of the children involved in the programme.

Pauline believes in: setting clear, achievable, realistic goals; providing quality teaching, support and resources; motivating and challenging students to improve; constantly monitoring progress, and working closely with colleagues, parents and most importantly the student to ensure that they continuously improve and ultimately achieve their personal best.

Pauline is passionate about music – the teaching of music and the importance of access to music education for children from all backgrounds and abilities.

Ben Sellars (Lead Musician: Transformance Music)

Ben Sellers is a clarinettist, teacher and trainer based in Yorkshire. His practice focuses on composition and improvisation, often using technology, and often in SEN/D settings. Author of the textbook ‘Teaching Music with Garageband for iPad’, and leader of Transformance Music’s training programme, his approach and curricula are used by teachers across the world. Like his workshop leader heroes, he sees the music workshop as a space for personal and social transformation. In addition to his role as Associate Musician with Drake Music, partners have included the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Museum of London, WOMAD Festival and several UK Music Hubs.

Ben is leading two workshops:

Composing with Garageband for iPad at KS2/3 – a hands-on, practical introduction to the extraordinary potential of Garageband as a tool for songwriting and composition. You will try out methods that allow students of all abilities to access multiple instruments and create exciting, original compositions whilst developing their theoretical knowledge in line with the NC. We will also explore improvisation, group performance and assessment strategies. Please bring your iPad along if you have one.

Using iPads with KS1/SEND – iPads come into their own in SEN/D settings. They require minimal movement, are multi-sensory, and organise music in new, intuitive ways. This session will survey a range of apps that we have used extensively in a variety of SEN/D contexts, demonstrating how to use them to deliver both musical and cross-curricular progression. Many of the apps are also suitable for KS1 and early years.


Jilly Jarman

Music director, composer and jazz musician, Jilly is a multi-instrumentalist who works with schools and youth and adult community groups on song-writing and performance projects. Her focus is on developing musicianship skills to increase confidence and creative thinking, and she uses improvisation as a way for the individual voice to be heard and celebrated within a cooperative group setting.

Founder and Creative Director of BlueJam Arts she enjoys collaborating with other artists and organisations. Currently she is establishing a network of Improv Choirs in England and Scotland, writing an online improvisation resource for teachers and devising gamelan, samba and jazz performances for youth and intergenerational groups.


Alison Richardson

Growing up in Cumbria Alison had instrumental lessons through the Music Service and after finishing her A-Levels went to study Music at Leeds College of Music. On completing her Diploma, Alison continued her studies in Cardiff at the University of Wales, and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Secondary Music Education.

Alison returned to Cumbria to work for the Music Service, as a peripatetic music teacher, and as a classroom music teacher at Ullswater Community College. In 2000 she moved to Trinity School in Carlisle, where she is now Head of Music and Curriculum Leader for the Arts. In 2011 Alison completed an MA in Performing Arts Education with the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, and was awarded her degree by Sir Paul McCartney. Also in 2011 Alison was made Cumbria News Group Teacher of the Year at the Golden Apple awards. In 2014 Alison took up an additional advisory role with Cumbria Music Hub as the Development leader for the north area of Cumbria.

In her spare time Alison still enjoys playing the trumpet and flugel horn with a variety of ensembles in Cumbria and Southern Scotland.


Alison Bedford

With a passion for performance, Alison works at Kingmoor Junior School, teaching French and Music, where she has been Music Leader for the past 16 years. Musical Director for StagedRight Youth Theatre since it began in 2004, Alison works with children aged 4-18, developing vocal skills, confidence, harmony and part singing. Alison’s success can be measured by her ongoing outstanding record at the Carlisle Music Festival with Kingmoor and StagedRight. Kingmoor Choir won the Junior Choir class in 2015 and 2017; the Orchestra remain undefeated for the last 4 years.

Alison’s work extends beyond Kingmoor, enjoying close links with many primary schools across the city, providing opportunities for children to sing at Carlisle Cathedral.

In her spare time Alison has set up the Songbirds choir in Dalston, where mums and their children sing and perform together.


Corrine Redman-Stewart

Corrine qualified as a primary teacher in 2003 and has taught at Stanwix School in Carlisle for the past 14 years. She has been a Year 5 class teacher, a Year 1 class teacher and is now subject leader for Music, teaching music across the school. She run the school’s orchestra and has recently reinstated a choir at her school. She play violin, piano and recorder and regularly plays around the area with local orchestras and as the second violin in Étoile string quartet.