If you have any questions about RCM Sparks, the work we do or if you would like to know how we can help you, please feel free to get in touch with our team.
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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.
Hayley manages the strategic vision of the RCM Sparks team. A passionate advocate for inclusion, Hayley oversees the widening access agenda for the RCM and the departmental role within the RCM curriculum. Hayley was previously a Head of Music in a state secondary school and also has experience in both primary and early years settings.
Hayley works part-time (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).
Jamie is the RCM Sparks Learning and Participation Administrator. He studied violin performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Jamie previously worked as the Inclusion Manager and Upper Strings Tutor at the Berkshire Music trust. Jamie is an advocate for inclusive music-making and continues to teach violin.
Katy Hemingway leads the community programme for RCM Sparks. Katy's passion for inclusive music education began during the foundations of her career at the BBC. Since then, Katy has enjoyed 15 years of coordinating innovative projects for the Royal College of Music, welcoming local families who may be facing barriers to participating in the arts. Katy is also an instrumental teacher and has experience in whole-class early years and primary school settings.
Katy works part-time (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).
Connor looks after the RCM Sparks Schools programme and Pipeline projects - working with schools and Heads of Faculty to develop a rich pipeline of young musicians coming through the RCM. Connor is passionate about widening access to all arts forms having served as a Young Lyric Associate at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and freelance drama facilitator.
Connor works Monday to Friday.
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.