SMALL TEAM OF COURSE FACILITATORS AND ADVISORS
About the Course Facilitator
Nigel Neill is a professional community musician based in the south west
of the UK running four community choirs in Taunton, Exeter, Minehead and
Tiverton. He has worked extensively with learning disability groups and
in life limiting care settings as well as providing on going music programmes
for the brain injury charity Headway throughout Somerset; working with
Parkinsons UK in North and West Somerset and providing music for those
with dementia in residential home settings. He has worked closely with
the mental health charity Rethink and is currently developing a music
well being programme for Sompar NHS Trust to be rolled out in the Spring
of 2020. Academic qualifications include a combined science honours degree;
post graduate certificate in music and health (uwe) and certificate (level
four) in counselling skills (uwe); four years running a school of sound
engineering in the noughties and he has taught sound engineering and music
and song composition at Peterborough Regional College in the nineties.
Nigel recently studied music therapy for two years in Bristol, before
switching to counselling skills for a third year; his professional background
is music performance, recording, composition and song writing; composing
original instrumental music for bbc television and recording many established
artists. Nigel is married with no children and is sixty years old. He
lives in West Somerset. More information here
About our External Course Advisor
Dr Catherine Pestano is based in London and is an established community
music leader, singer song writer and social worker. She is chair of 'Culture
&' and previous chair of 'Sound Sense'. She brings a wealth of experience
to our small team. She is an external examiner for the Open University
and provides our Song Therapy Network with advice and guidance as we build
this is supportive movement for independent community music makers worldwide.
In 2019 she was awarded a Doctorate by Winchester University as acknowledgement
of her contribution to practice in diversity, community music and social
work. More information here
About our Student Support Officer
Chappel is an experienced BACP* qualified counsellor and provides formal
and informal support to students who might be facing challenges in their
music making workplaces. She offers support via telephone, email and ZOOM.
Her services are currently supplied free of charge to students. She is
based in West Somerset, UK. More information here.
*British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
About our Mindfulness Facilitator
Lynsey Wellington is a highly experienced mindfulness practitioner who
delivers a two hour unit attached to module three of the course. In addition
she advises on developments in mindfulness practice and offers her own
programmes of mindfulness training. She is based in Gloucestershire, UK.
More information here.