Melody Music Birmingham is currently run entirely by volunteer tutors, each of whom are either past or present students of Birmingham Conservatoire. They create, plan and lead all of the activities used in each session whilst also working alongside an assigned individual.
Co-Director Lauren Gilbert graduated with a BMus (Hons) from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2010 after studying piano with Victor Sangiorgio. She currently works as a freelance accompanist and piano teacher and is Musical Director for the local amateur dramatics group, The Arcadians. Lauren is a Director and Trustee of Melody
Co-Director Jenny is currently studying on the MMus performance & pedagogy course at Birmingham Conservatoire as an oboist. She is also the Learning assistant at Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and coordinates their out-of-school workshops. When she isn’t studying or BCMG-ing, Jenny enjoys working as a freelance musician or florist (or both) and developing projects and performances with her live music and film ensemble The Orchestra of Moving Pictures. On the rare occasion when she isn’t busy, Jenny loves to spend time with her family and friends and walk her dogs along the canal. She enjoys cooking and reading and looks forward to the summer when festival season comes into play!
Ben is currently a third year student at Birmingham Conservatoire studying tuba, having enjoyed playing it from the age of twelve. During his time at Conservatoire, Ben has been involved in a wide variety of orchestral, ensemble and solo opportunities. Ben has also participated in several Brass Quintet school visits, providing short presentations to classes in schools about the tuba and the joys playing and listening to music can bring.
Dom studied classical guitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Having spent time as a TA in a number of special schools across Birmingham, he now teaches private guitar lessons, works part time as a Playworker for an SEN play and inclusion charity, and co-directs a multi-sensory music workshop company for children with additional needs.
Co-Director Rosie Rushton collaborates in projects with numerous schools, charities and local communities throughout the Midlands alongside organisations including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, MENCAP, Action for Children and Autism Concern. She Co-Director and founder of the Community Interest Company Big Top Musical Adventures and a Director and Trustee of Melody.
Rosie graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a BMus (Hons) in Performance, and is now studying for a Masters of Education in Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.
Rosie has a keen interest in research into music education, disability and inclusivity.