Trustees, Musical Directors and Tutors

Trustees

 


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Chair:

John Lawrence

John plays the flute in the orchestra. He has been a trustee of the charity and has chaired Furness Music Centre since 2011. John often apologises for the mistakes he is about to make before starting to play, but is an excellent example of someone who has made the decision to take up an instrument later in life
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Secretary:

Tim Baxter

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Tim plays the violin in the community orchestra and sings Bass in the community choir when his job (which involves working shifts) allows. We always consider it a bonus when Tim walks through the door on a Saturday! He has been a trustee and has acted a Secretary of Furness Music Centre since 2011. Tim and his wife Gill enjoy foreign holidays in the several weeks break he gets between shift patterns
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Treasurer:

Peter Fitzpatrick

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Peter plays the cello in the chamber music group and community orchestra and sings Baritone in the community choir. He is a founder member of Furness Music Centre and has acted as Treasurer from the creation of the charity. Peter also arranges music for the choir and orchestra, teaches cello as a tutor for Furness Music Centre and plays in string quartets when his job as a senior manager in the shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness permits
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Membership Secretary:

Jean Ashworth

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Jean sings Alto in the Choir and has been a trustee since 2016. She took over the role of Membership Secretary in November 2019. Outside Furness Music Centre, Jean is an enthusiastic amateur artist
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Publicity:

Jean Ashworth

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Jean sings Alto in the Choir and has been a trustee since XXXX. Jean's background is as a primary school teacher. Having retired she now enjoys art and is exploring gardening
 

FMC Music Directors

 


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Musical Director:

Richard Bagnall

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Richard is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He has been associated with Furness Music Centre for about 15 years, and was appointed as Musical Director in 2011. Richard is a qualified teacher and works at a primary school in Barrow-in-Furness. A clarinetist by training, he also plays most other woodwind instruments and with his wife Amy he plays guitar in the local ceilidh band 'Wooden Leg'
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Choral Director:

Elizabeth Wiejak

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Liz is a graduate of Sheffield University and a qualified teacher, currently working in two schools in Barrow-in-Furness. She has been associated with Furness Music Centre for about 15 years, and was appointed as Choral Director in 2011. Liz is a flautist and pianist and teaches both instruments. She looks after our younger members in the Training and Community orchestra, while also managing to slip out to give flute lessons and tutor children and adults in music theory. She is powered by tea and adrenaline on Saturdays!
 

FMCjuniors

 


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FMCjuniors Co-ordinator:

Amy Bagnall

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Amy is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, works as a professional accompanist and repitateur and as a music teacher in piano and flute and leads the flute section in the Community Orchestra. Together with Jo Ball, she created FMCjuniors in 2017 to bring music back into the primary schools in the area. In her spare time(!) Our FMCjuniors Co-ordinator plays flute and keyboard in the local ceilidh band 'Wooden Leg' with her husband Richard

Jo has degrees in Physics and Midwifery, and having had several previous careers is now a professional violin teacher. Jo leads the viola section in the Community Orchestra. Together with Amy Bagnall, she created FMCjuniors in 2017 to bring music back into the primary schools in the area
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FMCjuniors Tutor:

Mervyn Bedford

Mervyn teaches the clarinet at FMCjuniors
 

FMC Music Tutors

 


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Flute Tutor:

Elizabeth Wiejak

 
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Percussion Tutor:

Andy sproxton

 
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Cello Tutor:

Peter Fitzpatrick

 
 

Admin

 


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FMC Facebook Page Admin:

Madeleine Judge

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Maddy is in the latter stage of her training in care and plays in the second violins in the Community Orchestra
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Webmaster:

Peter Fitzpatrick

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Peter looks after the web site. Please let him know if you encounter any problems or have an suggestions for improvement
 
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