Advisory Board

As part of our commitment to delivering high quality CPD to the music education sector, an advisory board will inform the programme content of our 2018 event. Comprised of practising music and drama teachers, the board will help steer our content selections, ensuring our programme is as relevant, engaging and as wide-reaching as possible.

Victoria Bates

Victoria Bates has worked for Durham Music Service for 14 years, and will take up her post as Deputy Head of Service in September 2017. She was born and brought up in Central Scotland, learning both piano and oboe at school before going on to study performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and then Birmingham Conservatoire. It was while studying at Birmingham that she took up her first teaching role with Wolverhampton Music Service before moving to the North East.

Victoria is a passionate advocate of WCET teaching and currently oversees WCET teaching and development within the service.

Daniel Corrigan

Daniel Corrigan graduated from the University of Manchester in 2007 and began his teaching career in 2008. During his nearly 10 years of teaching, Daniel had the privilege to hold a number of roles within a teaching and learning and pastoral care capacity. He has been a Head of Department since 2014 and delivered CPD on Assessment in Music to colleagues at local conferences as well as delivering training to HMI inspectors for the North. He is currently working towards the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership.

Daniel is also an active musician and still performs with the St.Philip Neri Singers – one of the leading exponents of Catholic Liturgical Music in the North West.

Emily Dickens

Emily Dickens is a soprano, choral director and vocal coach. A chorister at Winchester Cathedral whilst attending her local comprehensive school, Emily read music at Trinity College, Cambridge before joining the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble Voces8 in 2009. She has performed throughout Asia, the US and Europe in some of the world’s best concert halls and is a Decca Classics Recording Artist with three albums reaching the top of the classical charts.

In demand as an educator and coach, Emily devises and directs vocal programmes and workshops in the UK and internationally and is known for her interesting arrangements and versatility.

Vicky Manderson

Vicky Manderson has worked in music education since 1997 and is currently Head of Music at Trinity Catholic School, Nottingham. Vicky has had the privilege of working with students from Foundation Stage to A level throughout her career and has enjoyed the many and varied experiences this has brought with it.

Vicky’s philosophy on music education is participation, enjoyment and excellence; through enjoyment we can inspire and motivate, often leading to excellence.

Ruth McCartney

Ruth McCartney has over 30 years’ experience in music education, with particular expertise in the primary age range. She is a specialist teacher for Ebor Academy Trust, teaching curriculum music and supporting both specialist and non-specialist teachers in music delivery. Ruth leads creative projects, delivers CPD and is music subject leader for Ebor Academy Trust Schools Direct PGCE. She led a very successful EY music group for 11 years and has also taught and coached students for music GSCE.

Other roles include Senior Advisory Teacher, The Voices Foundation; Primary Music Education Lecturer, Hull University; and MD for several York-based choirs.

Matt Yeoman

Matt Yeoman is the Lead Practitioner and Research Lead at Queen’s Park High School in Chester, Cheshire with a significant role in the development of teaching and learning and staff skillsets. His interest in innovative practice has enabled him to present at ResearchEd and National Expo’s and he is currently a Specialist Leader in Education for the Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance.

Matt is outcome-driven and firmly believes as an arts practitioner that the arts has a pivotal and key role in the shaping of students’ creativity in expression and passion for learning and success.

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