Meet the Sparks team
Miranda Francis is the Head of Junior Programmes and BMus Area Leader in Aural Training at the Royal College of Music. She studied Double Bass & Organ at the Royal Academy of Music. A passionate advocate for music education, Miranda has led music departments in both state and independent schools, and was formerly Head of Academic Music at the Purcell School, where she founded the Jazz Department. She is an advisor for the London Music Fund and a Trustee of the National Children's Orchestra.
Miranda works Monday to Saturday.
Head of Junior Programmes
+44 (0)20 7591 4332
Hayley Clements is the Head of Learning and Participation at the Royal College of Music. She manages the strategic vision of the RCM Sparks team and oversees the widening participation agenda for the RCM. Hayley was previously a Head of Music at a secondary school.
Hayley works Wednesday and Thursday.
Head of Learning and Participation
+44 (0)20 7591 4330
Ben Storey is Assistant Head of Junior Programmes at the Royal College of Music. Graduating from the RNCM, over the last 25 years he has had an active career as a professional trumpeter and also in music education. As well as helping manage the prestigious RCM Junior Department, he leads on the Sparks Schools’ programme, Hub partnerships, Sparkles and Sparks Juniors programmes. He is currently developing a Music learning strategy for children with Special Educational Needs, particularly Specific Learning Difficulties
Ben works Tuesday to Saturday.
Assistant Head of Junior Programmes
+44 (0)20 7591 4375
Katy Hemingway is the Learning and Participation Coordinator at the Royal College of Music. Katy’s passion for making music accessible began in her early career at BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Proms. Over the past ten years, she has developed Sparks public events at the Royal College of Music and a targeted community programme in the local area.
Katy works Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Learning and Participation Coordinator
+44 (0)20 7591 4375
Ruth Dewhirst is the Learning and Participation Assistant at the Royal College of Music and is the first point of contact for Sparks enquiries. Ruth previously worked in widening participation at IntoUniversity and the University of Cambridge.
Ruth works Monday to Friday.
Learning and Participation Assistant
+44 (0)20 7591 4394
Lydia Baldwin is the Learning and Participation Officer for the Royal College of Music Museum. She is currently in charge of delivering a number of audience development projects as part of the Museum’s Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment, as well as shaping content and interpretation to help different audiences engage with the RCM’s heritage collections.
Lydia works Monday to Friday.
Lydia Baldwin (née Cracknell)
Museum Learning & Participation Officer
+44 (0)20 7591 4842