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GET TO KNOW US

Meet the team

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ROSIE RUSHTON

Director

Rosie is a specialist in music provision for individuals with additional needs. Collaborating in projects with numerous schools, charities and local communities throughout the Midlands alongside organisations including, Manchester Camerata, MENCAP, Action for Children and Autism Concern. 

Rosie graduated from The University of Birmingham with a Masters of Education in Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and Birmingham Conservatoire with a BMus (Hons) in Performance. Shortlisted for the National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN) Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award (2018),  she is now supported by ESRC for her PhD studies; Music, Play and Learning Difficulties.

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JENNY 

Co-Facilitator

 Jenny has vast experience in working with children and young people with additional needs and is a specialist in working within the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS). Jenny trained at Birmingham Conservatoire (BMus, MMus) and the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CME Early Years). Jenny co-delivers weekly sessions at The Orchard Special School. 

Wearing other hats Jenny is the co-director of the charity Melody.

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EMILY

Co-Facilitator

Emily is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, a volunteer with Melody Music Birmingham and works on the In Harmony social mobility project based in Telford. She has experience working with children and young people with complex needs.

Emily is currently c0-leading the Big Top Band, Sandwell and delivering our provision supported by Children in Need in both Birmingham and Sandwell. 

DALMA 

Co-Facilitator

Dalma is a recent graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she studied opera and specialised in music education. After her studies, Dalma worked with Welsh National Opera as a vocal animateur intern and developed an interest in music-making that is accessible for all ages and abilities. This interest led Dalma to Big Top where she enjoys sharing music with young people with PMLD.  As well as her love of music education, Dalma also performs regularly with Birmingham based chamber opera group: Infinite Opera, singing science inspired contemporary music and exploring improvisation.

Dalma is working on our partnership project with SIPS Education, Sensory Singing, Big Top Babies and on our Big Top multi-sensory days at schools and settings across the West Midlands!

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BEN

Co-Facilitator

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ABBIE 

Co-Facilitator

Abbie is a graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she studied classical saxophone.

Abbie specialised in community music and pedagogy  gaining a place on the Musicate Programme with Cheltenham Festivals, where she provides music workshops in SEN schools and helps to organise their Relaxed Concert for Schools. Abbie is passionate about the creative, communicative and interactive opportunities music making provides! Continuing to develop her practice Abbie is currently researching musical approaches for children with severe learning disabilities and autism as part of her MA Inclusion (SPMLD) course at the University of Birmingham.

 

Abbie currently supports our partnership with SIPS Education - Music & Arts, delivering music in Sandwell schools, and is co-leading our Big Top Band sessions.

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HELEN

Operations Coordinator 

Originally from the Scottish Borders, Helen begun her education at the University of Edinburgh, life took an unusual turn when she began caring for a terminally ill parent. This led her to embrace a career in social care and it has been a passion for many years. Helen has had the privilege to work for Scottish Borders Council and Social Services, as well as many charity projects providing care and education for children and adults with profound and multiple learning and physical disabilities. 

Helen spent 3 years living and working in Italy where she taught English and was involved with volunteer work supporting primarily African refugees. This compounded her love of travel, culinary delights, language and people! The experience led to other volunteer-based adventures in the Belizean jungle and Trinidad and Tobago.

Helen manages the day-to-day operations of Big Top and makes sure all our musical adventures can take place! 

Ben studied Classical and Traditional 'cello performance at Leeds Conservatoire, he works as a performer and educator. Ben is passionate about bowed strings, particularly the 'cello. Ben works in community music, special educational needs and instrument tuition and has enjoyed working in various settings nationally. He is currently studying for a Masters in Music Therapy. Ben particularly enjoys facilitating music-making sessions which support social and emotional wellbeing. 

 

Ben currently delivers Wolverhampton Musicians sessions in partnership with Wolverhampton Council and supports our collaboration with ATHAC (Access to Heritage Arts and Culture).
 

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