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Cymaz Music Conference – 25th May

CYMAZ are planning another Count Me In! conference which will be on 25th May at Newquay Sands Hotel. The theme is ‘Ways In’.

The day will be a practical and informative conference about how music and creativity support children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. Music can help with raising aspirations and attainment and is scientifically proven to rebuild neural pathways in the brain. To book or find out more contact emily@cymaz.org.uk

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Lucy Gordon-Clark – theatre director, tutor, facilitator

I am from Cornwall originally and moved back from London in 2005.  I have worked extensively during the last twenty years with young people, at Hopeful Monsters Youth Theatre in London and in Europe. I have worked with disadvantaged children.  I have devised and run workshops for youth theatres and schools. Since moving back to Cornwall I have been teaching Trinity exams at St. Josephs School and running After School Clubs in North Cornwall Primary Schools. I also work as a director at Sterts Community Theatre and as a facilitator for one-off events, (such as with the People’s Theatre Company at the Plymouth Theatre Royal.)  Lucy has a diploma from Exeter University in Applied Drama.

I also work as a professional theatre director.

I am passionately committed to learning and development through the arts.

Contact: lucygordonclark@yahoo.com

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Ann Stott – music leader

AI am a skilled freelance, vocal workshop leader and trainer with over twenty years experience of working in the education sector, particularly in Early Years, Primary and Special Educational Needs settings. I have delivered a range of projects across Lincolnshire, including singing for communication in Special Schools, vocal activities for looked after children and their families, singing and music activities for parents and under 5”s in Children’s Centres, and covering PPA time in Primary Schools in Lincolnshire, teaching the Music Curriculum.

I have delivered training on behalf of Sing Up, SoundLINCS, NYMAZ and to Education Students at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.

I contributed to new materials and songs for Sing Up resources and created new songs for an SEN resource for soundLINCS, Lincolnshire Music Development Agency.


Contact: ann.stott@btinternet.com


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Al Head – Aerial Circus

I have been working in community arts since the early 1980’s and am committed to the community arts ethos: inclusion, accessibility and equal opportunities. 

I teach static trapeze at all levels and ground-based circus at beginner level.  I also teach drama, clowning and physical theatre and am especially interested in utilising these in projects based around themes such as current events, disability, sexuality and racism.

I specialise in issue-based drama sessions: 1 hour, 2 hour, half-day, full-day, weekend or week. Workshops are on themed issues such as diversity, disability and homophobia. Suitable for schools, youth clubs, conferences, youth or adult groups.
I am based in West Devon and can travel easily in Cornwall, Devon and Plymouth and to other places with enough notice. I can rig aerial equipment anywhere there are weight-bearing beams and a ladder/tower to reach them i.e. sports halls, church halls, school halls, gyms etc. I am CRB-checked and insured through Equity up to 5m.



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Circus Berzercus

CB IMAGESCircus Berzercus, is a Devon-based duo – juggler Ben Cornish and clown Steve Eldridge – who have performed their hilarious comedy shows throughout England and Wales as well as running their fun circus skills workshops. Much of their work has come via rural touring schemes; they’ve worked for most of the schemes, including Air in G.

Much of their workshop work is done in schools and community settings and they can adapt their workshops to include children and young people of all ages and abilities, including those with a range of physical and mental disabilities. Most of their work with schools is in preschool or primary but they have worked with older groups and include such aspects as performance skills for those interested in drama. There are some skills such as juggling and plate spinning with are included in all workshops but other skills such as poi and wirewalking are also available.

Circus Berzercus’ performances have genuine comedy appeal to people of all ages – from the very youngest to the elderly.

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Sarah Gatter – Colour Monkeys

Colour Monkeys is a series of children’s art workshops for children aged 4-9yrs, we explore junk sculpture making, printmaking, painting and clay work.  Colour Monkeys also provides art making in an educational and developmental learning context.

All workshops are facilitated by Sarah Gatter, who has a PGCE (with QTLS) for teaching in schools and colleges, as well as recently completing an MA in Twentieth Century Art & Design (2012).  Sarah is passionate that art is accessible for everyone and establishes this approach in a variety of community arts and participant led arts projects.

E –  sarah.gatter@yahoo.co.uk


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All Seasons Storymakers

For all seasonsAll Seasons Storymakers are Laura Salmon and Lisa Fresle.  We have a treasure trove of tales and tunes from Cornwall and all around the world, to suit any theme you are working with. We invite your group to join in with percussion, song or rhyme, becoming story characters, making the sound of the whistling wind or crashing waves.  We can make instruments, puppets, craft, even devise new stories or music together.  It is a fun way to support various areas of learning, including literacy, speaking and listening, creativity, environmental and local studies.  We can offer sessions according to your budget.

E   allseasonsse@hotmail.co.uk

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Denise Rowe – Tolo Ko Tolo

Denise Rowe

Denise Rowe is a movement artist, choreographer, dancer, mbira player, writer, film-maker and creative producer drawing primarily from traditional and contemporary pan-African dance forms and non-stylised movement.  Her work emerges from a creative movement practice and an intimacy with body, landscape and rhythm.

Denise has over twelve years experience of leading creative dance and movement workshops in schools, colleges, universities, dance companies and community settings around the world.  She teaches regularly at the University of Plymouth, Falmouth University as part of The Mbira Academy.  Her workshops include learning techniques, dances, songs and rhythms as well as exploring creative improvisations and the themes, history and cultural contexts of movement.  The sessions are dynamic, fun and informative, they can improve self-esteem, creativity, leadership and teamwork skills and body awareness.  Sessions can be tailored to meet your needs, with projects lasting from one day to one week, and with optional performance outcomes.

Director of Tolo Ko Tolo Dance Company, Denise also works as a solo artist on various cross-genre collaborative projects integrating dance, music, performance art, digital media, visual art, poetry and installation.   Recently awarded ADAD’s Trailblazers Champions, Denise has trained in African dance in the UK, Ghana, Gambia, Senegal, Zimbabwe and  Cameroon as well as in contemporary dance, Aikido and non-stylized and environmental movement.


E –  de8fish@yahoo.co.uk


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Claire Patrick – Play It Again

Claire Patrick

After graduating from Middlesex University’s Drama and Theatre BA course at Ivy House, Claire worked as a performer and workshop leader on various educational theatre projects and tours including Watford Palace Theatre and Forward Culture Arts. Claire has a PGCE from Exeter University and taught drama in Cornish schools, where she directed many school productions including Hairspray, The Crucible and Summer in the Park.  Claire has also has extensive experience of directing professional theatre, exam pieces and festival entries – recent work has included the Cornish Phoenix with Nick Stimson, Going Viral for Play It Again plus the DuMaurier Festival (Fowey Community College), One Night of Shakespeare (Liskeard School) and Darke Visions at HfC (Looe Community School).  Claire loves to create site-specific theatre with young people and has had great success with transition projects – helping year 6 pupils smoothly move up to secondary by bonding through creating theatre in the summer holidays.  Claire also specialises in creating socially-driven theatre for secondary age pupils and works closely with Play It Again to develop scripts with and for young audiences.  Claire is happy to undertake most creative theatre and performance project work in secondary and primary schools across the county.


E –  claire.patrick@rocketmail.com

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Sandra Reeve – Move into Life

The Move into Life approach and workshop programme draws on the teaching of the respected Javanese movement artist Suprapto Suryodarmo (Prapto), ecological principles and Buddhist mindfulness practice.  It reflects my passion for movement as an artist, a teacher, a therapist and a director.  Movement is my main source of creativity and my guide to health.

I completed a PhD in Performance Practice at the University of Exeter where I also lectured.  My thesis is called ‘The Ecological Body’.  In 2001, I qualified as a Senior Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist, enabling me to apply my skills to different client groups and to offer both therapy and supervision on a one-to-0ne basis.

For more details visit my website at www.moveintolife.com#

E –  sandra@moveintolife.co.uk

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