Music Facilitators

Tim Steiner

Musical Director, Harmonise

Tim Steiner is a composer and workshop facilitator with a specialty in devised and collaborative performance. He has directed hundreds of creative projects throughout Europe and has worked in virtually every conceivable musical and social context. His work ranges from small-scale devised work to large-scale multi-layered works involving massed groups of professionals, amateurs and beginners. … Read More

Merit Stephanos

Music Facilitator

Merit Stephanos is a singer, composer, workshop leader and Professor of Music Outreach at the Royal College of Music.  As a creative artist and leader she has worked for organisations such as the Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Guildhall Connect and Opera North.  After a year spent in Bosnia-Herzegovina working with war traumatised children, Merit has … Read More

Noga Ritter

Music Facilitator

Noga Ritter is a singer-song writer and a workshop leader. Originally from Israel, she has lived in Europe for the last few years. Noga has performed with various projects in a wide range of musical styles and performs regularly with her band VOCAL GLOBAL. Noga loves to collaborate with artist from different cultures and background … Read More

Emmanuela Yogolelo

Music Facilitator

Emmanuela Yogolelo is a singer, workshop leader and interpreter originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is also the lead singer of Manchester based ‘Beating Wing Orchestra’. Listen to her inspiring story on BBC World Service.

Jean-Paul Samputu

Music Facilitator

UN Ambassador for Peace, Jean Paul Samputu has established himself as one of the most prominent African artists on the world stage. Samputu sings in six languages and in styles ranging from soukous and rhumba, to traditional Rwandan 5/8, Afrobeat, pygmy, and gospel. A winner of the prestigious Kora Award (the “African Grammy”) in 2003, … Read More

Aidan Jolly

Music Facilitator

Aidan is a musician based in Manchester who has worked extensively as a workshop facilitator with Music Action International, Collective Encounters and Freedom from Torture.  As well as performing as a songwriter in his own right, he regularly collaborates with writers, filmmakers and communities.

Jaydev Mistry

Music Facilitator

Jaydev is a guitarist, percussionist and music technologist.  He won an Amnesty award for his music and has collaborated with artists such as Nitin Sawhney and the Kaliphz.  Jaydev has performed in many bands including Timeless Love Orchestra, Giddy and B.B and Me performing in venues including Band on the Wall, the Bridgewater Hall, the … Read More

Alex Loewenthal

Music Facilitator

Born in Trinidad, Alexander grew up in London where he divides his time between live performance, running his own small record label and doing poetry and calypso workshops in the UK and internationally. Alex spent 12 years as Calypsonian – in- Residence for the BBC and was UK Calypso Monarch in 2010/11 and 2011/12.                              

Farhaan (Faz) Shah

Music Facilitator

Born in Oldham, Faz started playing the violin in studios and on tracks from an early age and moved into classical music around 11 – 12 years old.  Faz pursued beat boxing from aged 13 and his since collaborated within numerous platforms of art, culture, music and movement.  At 18 years old, Faz scripted and wrote … Read More

Alim Kamara

Music Facilitator

Award winning hip-hop artist and public speaker ALIM KAMARA, is one of the most original British motivational speakers, who successfully redefines self empowerment by combining his contemporary oratory skills with his role as a community activist to engage with different age demographics. This combination of all sorts makes for the perfect marriage of socially relevant … Read More

Bina Pahlevan

Music Facilitator

Bina is Kurdish. She grew up in Iran but now lives in Manchester. She is a music facilitator, bilingual teaching assistant and interpreter. She is also a qualified counsellor and is currently undertaking Level 1 training in Immigration Advice. She does performance work with adults and young children, and has been with Music Action since … Read More

Sindy Czureja

Music Facilitator

Sindy is a young Roma singer/song writer, actor and beatboxer. She was born in Poland but raised in East London. The ability to play different instruments, sing, dance and even beatbox have been passed down to Sindy’s family for generation and they are part of a family band called “Romany Diamonds” who are one of … Read More

Tea Hodzic

Music Facilitator

Téa Hodzic (singer/songwriter) was born in Sarajevo , Bosnia where she trained in classical guitar and opera. She’s been in a popular singing partnership with her sister Mirella since the age of 10. Téa made regular appearances on National TV and Radio and was involved with numerous projects with the National Theatre in Sarajevo. As a result … Read More

Kayo Chingonyi

Music Facilitator

Kayo Chingonyi is a poet, lyricist, and DJ. He is the author of a book of poems, Some Bright Elegance (Salt Publishing, 2012), and features on Darkstorm’s Mind Like Water album (Bad Taste, 2013). Kayo is currently working on a new book and a collaborative EP with Rapsz Katai.

Roshi Nasehi

Music Facilitator

Born in Wales to Iranian parents, Roshi Nasehi is a singer-composer and sound artist with a strong track record in performance, recording, collaboration, public art and social intervention projects and workshops. Her records have received significant airplay (Radio 3, 6 Music, RTE) and considerable critical acclaim including twice record of the month in Mixmag who described … Read More

Martim Pocinho


Since a young age, Martim has travelled with his family around the world, meeting different people and exploring different countries.  He made Manchester his home 8 years ago, and has found the diversity of cultures very beautiful.  Martim sings and plays guitar in a band called Luna Marada, and they have recently started playing gigs in … Read More