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The Staff of The Music Pool

Rob Strawson (Artistic Director) has worked for many years as a performer, songwriter, teacher, promoter and workshop leader with people of all ages and abilities.

He has a strong commitment to music as an essential, not peripheral, part of the everyday lives of everybody in the community.

Dennis Schiavon (Administrator) has had several years' varied experience in local government in Herefordshire, and holds the AAT qualification in public sector finance.

He is also a freelance musician, singer, songwriter and actor, having gained a BA actor/musician degree at Rose Bruford College, and has toured, recorded and broadcast extensively.

Mina N Payne (General Assistant) is active in several areas of the arts, in performing, stage management and administration, in addition to her work with The Music Pool.

She has a performing arts degree from the Hereford College of Arts, was a leading member of 4Play Theatre Company, and has helped run ZOO Venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for over ten years.

Nick Jaques (Youth Music Project Manager) has a BA (hons) in Music from Nottingham University and a Graduate Diploma in Jazz performance from Birmingham Conservatoire.

She has been working for The Music Pool as a project manager and workshop leader for over 6 years and was instrumental in setting up the Livewire project in 2010.  She is a vocalist, songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist, playing saxophone, clarinet and piano.

Chris Butts
(Youth Music Project Manager) has a BA (hons) in Music Practice from Brighton Institute of Modern Music facilitated by the University of Sussex.

He is a multi-instrumentalist playing bass, guitar and drums and has taught in all three instruments, however his specialities lie in bass.  Chris has over 5 years experience in leading youth music workshops.  Chris has been involved in Livewire since 2011, leading the Tuesday sessions since they began, as a workshop leader, as well as working at Livewire Centrals.

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