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Our musicians


Fiona Chapman designed and has led the Musical Connections project since 2008. She has over 10 years’ experience of leading participatory music in care and community settings, has an MA in Community Music and is highly regarded as a trainer for musicians, care staff and other healthcare professionals. She is a singer and pianist, and her close connections with the universities of York and York St John, as well as many other music professionals and educators across York, help to ensure that Musical Connections offers a diverse and high quality experience for its participants.


Emma Tatnall has been part of the Musical Connections team since 2013.  She gained an MA in creative writing and used these creative roots combined with her primary love of music to forge a path into community music.  While she studied, Emma worked as a care assistant for six years at Woodland MS Respite Care Centre.  She teaches flute and piano, sings with York Opera and loves orchestral playing.  She is the music co-ordinator at Rufforth Primary school and particularly enjoys the intergenerational aspects of Musical Connections work.


Emma Louise Dickinson has an MA in Community Music from the University of York. During her degree she volunteered for Musical Connections gaining plenty of experience to take on a musician role in 2015.  She is also a private singing teacher and choral musical director and teaches singing at York Music Centre. She works on a freelance basis with other organisations such as Music4U project giving deaf students the opportunity to play the Gamelan, and Castaway Music Theatre in Goole as vocal coach for their musical productions. Emma loves singing and acting and performs regularly with several musical theatre companies.

Abby circle

Abigail Hall studied for her music degree at York St John University. Like Emma Dickinson, Abby volunteered with us during her time as a student and, since graduating, has become an accomplished community musician.  In addition, she teaches piano and singing, and works as a music teacher at Archibald Primary School in Middlesborough. She performs regularly at weddings and other public events.