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 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.
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 the music teacher at Westfield Primary Community School in Acomb. She performs regularly at weddings and other public events.
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 thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for Musical Connections throughout her degree. Having made York her home, she now assists with the project management of the charity and also runs 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.