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Ros is recognised internationally as a musician and music leader who is passionate about the potential for music to promote agency and social change.

She uses her musicianship to create opportunities for performance, interaction and communication in some of the most sensitive of contexts, where a musician’s ability to interact and communicate ‘in music’ is paramount.


Ros has led creative music projects with many UK orchestras and ensembles, and is a lead musician and trainer for some of the key organisations working in disability settings in the UK. A specialist in working with children and young people with sensory impairment and complex healthcare needs, Ros is a Music for Health Specialist at Lime Arts, where she has developed pioneering training programmes in music and communication in hospitals for students of The Royal Northern College of Music and The University of Manchester Medical School, alongside fellow musician and Music for Health Specialist Mark Fisher.

 

Ros is a founder member of the Songbirds Programme at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where, alongside Mark she delivers interactive music making sessions at the bedside with long term hospitalised children and young people, many of whom are non-verbal. Songbirds has been recognised by the Council for Disabled Children as an ‘inspiring example of listening practice in listening to individual children through music.’ (2017).

 

Ros is an alumna of Yehudi Menuhin’s highly acclaimed charity Live Music Now!, who work with some of the UK’s finest young performers at the start of their professional careers, and now works with the organisation in a training and advisory capacity. Ros is   Chair of the Advisory group for Live Music Now’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities/INSPIRE programme, funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Youth Music. She has worked with the organisation to transform the learning pathway for young professional musicians on the scheme who are working in speciali educational needs and disability settings.

 

 

Ros has been instrumental in developing klezmer performance and study within the UK. She is a founder member of the Michael Kahan Kapelye at The University of Manchester, the UK’s only assessed klezmer performance ensemble, and, after studying with many of the world’s finest klezmer performers in her early career she is proud to be Head of Faculty for Klezfest 2017, hosted by The Jewish Music Institute.

“You’ve always been so enterprising long before it was fashionable to start talking about social/creative enterprise! Good for you!”

Peter Renshaw, Head of Research and Development, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1984-2001
Ros is a graduate of The Royal Northern College of Music.  She was awarded a bursary to study on the highly respected Performance and Communication Skills Course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1994), and holds a Masters’ Degree with Distinction in Performance as Research from SOAS, University of London, supported by a scholarship from the Jewish Music Institute (2008). In 2001 Ros was invited as part of a delegation led by National Campaign for the Arts to meet the Arts Minister, Alan Howarth.

 

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