Fran Williams, Creative Director
The co-founder and prime mover of B Sharp. It’s Fran’s personal drive and relentless energy (along with 38 years experience of community, youth and social work) that has grown B Sharp from its small beginnings to its extensive programme of inclusive music and social enterprise opportunities.
Marcus Dixon, Managing Director
Marcus Dixon is a social entrepreneur with a background in developing sustainable community enterprises. As Chief Executive of Lyme Regis Development Trust, he launched and nurtured a range of initiatives and enterprises (including the internationally renowned Lyme Regis Fossil Festival) and is now key in taking B Sharp into its next phase of development.
Christine Newton, Administrator
Christine comes from a background of teaching and training, before making a career change into event management. Working with and supporting B Sharp has provided a way for her to combine her passion for personal growth and development of individuals with her love of music.
Jacques Verhaeren, Musician/Music Leader
Ten years ago, Jacques was a struggling musician trying to make a living through music. A chance encounter with Fran opened the door to his becoming a co-founder of B Sharp through which he has grown as a musician. Now, he’s not only one of our principal music leaders, he also fronts two bands: Papa le Gal and Mr Jean.
Jon Pogson – Musician/Music Leader
Jon was a late starter to B Sharp only joining in his last two years of school. However, it didn’t take long for him to see the appeal and find his place. After moving away to study at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, where he gained a 1st class degree in music with Guitar performance, Jon is now back working as a music tutor and musician alongside his work with BSharp.
Matt Hartnell – Musician/Music Leader
Matt started as a young B Sharp participant, achieved a 1st class degree in drumming performance at Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music, then returned to Lyme (and B Sharp) as a music leader. He is also a professional musician. Matt is the embodiment of what B Sharp is all about – through B Sharp he’s ‘built a sound future through music’.
Ella Foxall – Mentor/Trainee Music Leader
Ella is a young singer/songwriter who, through B Sharp, has taken advantage of developing herself through music. Since joining us as a participant 3 years ago, Ella has become a peer-to-peer mentor and trainee music leader. She is also one of the co-founders of LaunchPad, B Sharp’s new house band.
Fraser Earle – Mentor/Trainee Music Leader
Fraser, a guitarist who likes writing his own music, joined B Sharp as a young participant at the age of 11. He is now a peer-to-peer mentor and trainee music leader. He is also one of the co-founders of LaunchPad, B Sharp’s new house band.
Harvey Causely – Assistant Music Leader
Harvey joined B Sharp 7 years ago at the age of 12 and is now one of our Assistant Music Leaders helping to run sessions at Hub Jams, Boombox and Early Years. He’s been part of many events over the years and, in 2017, participated in ‘One’ our big singing project. He’s a keen performer too, being a member of LaunchPad, B Sharp’s house band, as well as a member of an original/cover band based in Bridport.
Hannah Lovegrove, Chair
Hannah is a business entrepreneur and has managed a variety of organisations across several business sectors from the arts to sustainable construction and renewable energy. Her wealth of experience is key in taking B Sharp forward to its next stage of development.
Polly Benfield, Treasurer
Polly has been involved with B Sharp since it began 10 years ago, serving on the Board of Trustees and becoming Treasurer. Her background, in company communications, training and project management has been a valuable resource for B Sharp over the past decade.
Starting with a BA Hons in Fine Art and an MA in Arts as Environment, Cleo also has extensive experience working in outdoor arts as both an artist and Producer/Production Manager. She has worked for The Arts Development Company since it was established and, previously, her work with The Art Team at Dorset County Council resulted in the formation of the arts and environment hub.
Mary’s background is in nursing and sales & marketing with blue chip companies in the healthcare industry. In 2008 she gained a Return to Nursing degree and came to work locally. She also has experience in setting up small businesses. Two of her three children joined B Sharp. It was watching their development during their teenage years that motivated Mary to become more involved and join the board of trustees.
John K Miles, Composer/Music Leader
John is professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a composer of music for film, television and theatre etc, and an instrumentalist playing with a variety of professional recording artists, he brings a wealth of world-class experience to the projects he leads for B Sharp. www.johnkmiles.com
Adriano Adwale, Percussionist and composer
Adriano Adewale’s music is a global fusion of musical influences. Rooted in the musical traditions of Nigeria, Angola and Brazil it’s infused with contemporary European classical and jazz styles. www.adrianoadewale.co.uk
Andy Baker, Bassist (guitar and double bass)
After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Andy joined the London Festival Ballet Orchestra, became Principal Bass of the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra, later joined the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and in 1996 was appointed ‘Community Musician’ for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Buster Birch, Drummer
Buster plays in many different settings and styles of music, but his main speciality is jazz and latin. He regularly teach one-to-one drum kit lessons, jazz improvisation workshops and classes and tutors on community projects. email@example.com
Glyn Bush, Musician, producer, composer & DJ
Glynn has a wide range of experience in the music industry and runs his own independent label from Dorset. With Ralph Cree he runs Magic Drum (providing drumming workshops) and leads the Magic Drum Orchestra, a 15 piece percussion group playing samba, afrobeat, hip hop and funk. www.magicdrum.org.uk
Ralph Cree, Drums and Percussion
A professional performaer and educator in World/Ethnic drums and percussion. With Glyn Bush he runs Magic Drum (Afro-Cuban and Brazilian drumming workshops) and leads the Magic Drum Orchestra who regularly play at festivals and local cultural events. www.magicdrum.org.uk
Deborah Jordan, Vocalist
Deborah studied music at City University following which she worked professionally with many great contemporary jazz and soul artists and in her own right. She tours nationally and internationally and performs regulary at several jazz festivals (North Sea Jazz Festival, Bucharest Jazz Festival, Jass a Vienne, London Jass Festival …)
Dave Manington, Bass
Dave studied music at Nottingham University before going on to study jazz at the Guildhall School of Music. He regularly plays with top professional jazz musicians and is constantly in demand from a broad range of ensembles as both a performer and a collaborative composer. www.davemanington.com
Sasha Mitchell, Singer and Actor
Sasha has been a professional performer since the age of 16 in television, radio and theatre and continues to work as a professional singer and actor. Last year she performed at The Roundhouse in London. She is working with B Sharp as a vocal skills and confidence coach bringing her passion for helping people find their voice and allowing them to feel comfortable in the spotlight.
Thanks to our funders and supporters:
A national charity investing in our music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances.
Arts Council England
Real Ideas Organisation
West Dorset District Council
East Devon District Council
Lyme Regis Town Council
Dorset Community Foundation
Dorset Music Education Hub
Devon Music Education Hub
A collaboration between all schools, music teachers, services and practitioners in the County, aiming together to make musical opportunities available, affordable, enjoyable and beneficial to every young person in Devon
Dorset Community Foundation
Soundstorm Music Education Agency
Grass Roots Grants
Grass Roots Grants Website???
E S G Robinson Charitable Trust
E S G Robinson Charitable Trust Website???
Thanks to; Candles on the Cobb, Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival, Ambition, Rex Trevett Memorial Fund and the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis.
Thanks to our funders and supporters:
- The Hub & LRDT
- The Arts Development Company
- Lighthouse Poole
- Devon Musical Education Hub
- Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues Festival
Schools & colleges in West Dorset & East Devon
We are passionate about working together in creating a culture where young people feel supported to take part in and contribute to their communities in enterprising ways, building a sound future for all.
Structure and governance
In 2014 B Sharp consolidated its management by registering as a charitable company at Companies House and as a charity with The Charity Commission. The new status has brought responsibilities but also immense advantages in widening the range of organisations with which it can work and sources from which it can secure funding.
Hannah Lovegrove is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at B Sharp, bringing a wealth of social enterprise and commercial experience. Alongside Hannah on the board are Polly Benfield who brings expertise from other trusts and public bodies, Cleo Evans and Mark Hewett both arts professionals, Cliff Allen professional financial experience and Mary Kahn who has a variety of experience in organisational development and recruitment.
The intention is to add trustees from the age group taking part in the project. They drive the direction of B Sharp and work closely with B Sharp’s Managing Director, Marcus Dixon who provides day-to-day leadership. B Sharp’s co-founder, Fran Williams is the Creative Director developing the scope and scale of the music charity’s programming.
Young people influence B Sharp’s evolution through representation on the management group and through regular participant consultation. B Sharp contracts its Music Leaders and other professional support on a self-employed basis as funding allows, generally on a project-by-project basis. Young Music Leader trainees are given a small allowance to help them stay in the area as informal apprentices.
“My son truly benefitted from the project and made great strides in his music making, his commitment to learning and social interaction. I would say this is true for many of the group. The cost of not funding work like this is a lack of ongoing opportunity and associated risks”
– Stephen Perrett, parent