Trustees

ADÈLE DRAKE
Co-Founder

In establishing three Drake Music UK charities, Adèle pioneered the widening of musical possibilities for disabled people through the game-changing use of technology. In 2010, with composer Joel Cahen, Adèle established Liquid Vibrations and remains a trustee.

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CLARE SMITH
Chair

Clare is a disabled musician and former CEO of Sound It Out Community Music, Birmingham.

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MIKE BETTRIDGE

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DUNCAN CHAPMAN

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JULIA JAMES

Mike is a registered chartered accountant.  

 

Composer and sound artist who regularly works with leading music organisations throughout the world. He is a contributor to courses at De Montfort and York Universities.  

Staff

Julia is Principal and South West Regional Lead, based at the Ofsted rated outstanding Bedelsford School in Kingston, London.

 

Artistic Director

& co-founder

Executive Director

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Joel specialises in recording and designing sound for film, dance, theatre, radio and art productions.

Wet Sounds, is Joel’s acclaimed project producing underwater sound installations at swimming pools internationally since 2008. 

Creator of We're All Bats. Online and on site listening arts workshops

JUDITH ROBINSON 
judith @liquidlistening.org
 

Judith Robinson is an experienced arts professional with creative flair and a passion for achieving social justice through engagement in the arts, especially music. She was Head of Education at Sound and Music for more than a decade, and alongside her role at Liquid Vibrations, she now works as a consultant for music and music education organisations including London Sinfonietta and Arts Award. Judith is also a primary school governor.

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REBECCA JOHNSON

Rebecca is a communications professional and coach who works in the corporate sector. 

 

Marketing and Communications

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Alice has more than 20 years’ experience working in arts marketing and audience engagement. She was Marketing Director at the Philharmonia Orchestra for 15 years and Communications Director at Britten Sinfonia as the orchestra was significantly increasing its commitment to partnership-based work in local education and therapeutic settings. Alongside her role at Liquid Vibrations, she works at Britten Sinfonia on business planning policy and is a volunteer Brownie Leader.

In Memory of STEVE KNIGHT: 03.12.1966 - 27.07.2020

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The Board of Liquid Vibrations is saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Knight, one of our longest standing trustees, and an accomplished and pioneering Disabled musician.

 

Charity co-founder and trustee Adele Drake says:

 

‘I first met Steve Knight when he came to the Drake Music Research Project workshops in Blackheath Concert Halls. This was in the mid-1980s and I think he was 22. His music teacher at Charlton Park School had picked up on the interest he’d shown in music and she was looking for suitable routes for Steve’s talents. Self-taught and using his feet on a synthesiser, Steve could play by ear and from memory.

 

Of the many memorable times that myself and friends have had with Steve, one which stands out in particular was when he was given the red carpet treatment in Iceland. He performed at many major concerts including sharing the stage with Jools Holland and Andy Sheppard in London and Edinburgh. For a number of years, Steve was a tutor to younger disabled musicians at Orpheus Centre, as well as in many Drake Music workshops.

 

The news of Steve’s passing is deeply shocking, and our thoughts are with his family and many friends. His contribution to Liquid Vibrations board has been transformational, and he was a keen and passionate advocate of other disabled people. His sense of pragmatism and shrewdness, was matched by his generosity, humour and warmth, and he will be greatly missed by the many friends he leaves behind.’