Sophie Rudge, 24, from York and Harry Twohig, 18, from Middlesbrough now both join the organisation’s Board of Trustees. Their role is to champion young people’s opportunities to play and enjoy music and represent the voice of young people.
Other changes to the board see NYMAZ Chair Sarah Derbyshire stepping down as Chair. Existing Trustee Eleanor Gill has been newly elected to the role. She is a Finance Programme Manager at the Department for Education and an active musician, responsible for setting up a community choir in her local area. She comments on the appointment of the young trustees:
“We know that music has the power to change lives – it can raise aspirations, enable personal development and enhance career prospects. That’s why we are so passionate about ensuring that every child has an opportunity to make and enjoy music, whatever their circumstances.
It is only right that our board reflects the communities we serve. The Board is committed to including younger voices at a leadership level and we are very excited that Sophie and Harry are joining us. We believe they will give us extra insight into the needs of young people, including the best ways to communicate with them.”
Folk singer, composer, and community musician Rebecca Denniff also joins the board as does Sarah Baumann, who is the Education and Development Coordinator for Brass Bands England.
As well as making sure it can benefit from young people’s insight at board level, NYMAZ is also reshaping its Ambassadors programme. 11-16 year olds will have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes in the music business, organising events and recording music. Meanwhile, 17-25 year olds will receive mentoring so they can deliver activity across the region.
From Left - Right: Eleanor Gill, Rebecca Denniff and Sarah Baumann.