Fiona Chapman designed and has led the Musical Connections project since 2009.She has an MA in Community Music and over 15 years' experience of leading participatory music in care and community settings. 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.
Abigail Hall studied and gained a first class music degree from York St John University. Abigail volunteered with us during her time as a student and, since graduating, has become an accomplished community musician joining the Musical Connections team. She works as the music teacher at Westfield Primary Community School in Acomb, in addition to teaching vocals & piano. As well as teaching, she also performs regularly at weddings and events.
Amy Walker completed her BA Music degree at the University of York in 2019, and subsequently graduated with an MA in Performance Practice in 2021, where she was also the recipient of the Dame Janet Baker Scholarship. Having completed her studies, Amy now works as an educator and administrator for the arts, and regularly sings with the Ebor Singers, The White Rose Consort and St Lawrence's Evensong Choir in York. Alongside this, she's also been a part of a number of nationally acclaimed music schemes, such as Genesis Sixteen. Amy enjoys a variety of musical styles, from classical to pop, and believes that music can bring excitement and enrichment to a person's life, whether as an education, a science, a form of therapy, or just for fun.
Charlotte Yandell graduated from the University of York in 2019 with an MA in Music Psychology. She’s always been hugely passionate about the power of music and its effect on health and wellbeing, and thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for Musical Connections throughout her degree course. Having made York her home, she rejoined the MC team as a project management assistant in mid-2019, and now leads two of our sheltered housing scheme groups, alongside running her own educational and therapeutic music business, Kiddleydivey. She frequently contributes to the musical life of the city: regularly performing with the Yorkshire Bach Choir, the Ebor Singers, and leading Sunday evensong services at St Lawrence’s Church.