12 Apr 2018

NYMAZ announces appointment of new Director

Youth music charity NYMAZ is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah McWatt as its new Director.

Sarah joins with a brief to lead the next stages of NYMAZ’s development as the charity works to create a musically-inclusive England, advocating for every child to have access to music-making opportunities, no matter their circumstances or geographic location.

Sarah McWatt takes up post at the end of April following two years as Music and the Deaf’s Director of Education. Her previous experience includes education roles with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, as well as event production for Leeds Lieder Festival and TUSK Festival.

Prior to that, Sarah worked as a music teacher in schools and universities across Yorkshire and Merseyside. She is an active musician and has toured the UK and Ireland extensively over the last 20 years.

Commenting on the appointment, Sarah Derbyshire MBE, Chair, NYMAZ Board of Trustees said, “I am delighted to welcome Sarah McWatt to the NYMAZ team.  She possesses a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to our vision.  I am confident that she will bring strong leadership and will ensure that the organisation continues to thrive as we enter a new, exciting phase of development.”

Speaking of her new role Sarah McWatt said, “I am enormously excited to be joining NYMAZ this spring. NYMAZ is a fantastic organisation and I feel very privileged to have been appointed to lead it in the next stages of its progress. I am very much looking forward to building upon the wonderful legacy of work that Heidi Johnson has developed over the last six years, and I aspire to produce further innovative strategies, projects and events to help create an even more musically inclusive England in the years to come.”

The incumbent Director, Heidi Johnson, is leaving after six years at the helm. She has recently secured significant multi-year funding arrangements which have laid the foundations for the charity’s future stability. She is stepping down to prioritise family commitments.

NYMAZ is one of Youth Music’s thirteen Fund C strategic partners, and has also recently embarked on the latest phase of online music education project Connect: Resound which is supported by a strategic grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

For more information & interviews:
info@nymaz.org.uk, 01904 543 382

NYMAZ is a youth music development charity which believes that all children and young people should have access to high quality music making opportunities, no matter what their circumstances or geographic location. It delivers high-quality music-making activities across North Yorkshire and runs professional networks to support the sector. NYMAZ has particular specialisms around rural isolation and digital innovation in the delivery of music tuition.


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