Meet The Team

Ben Czurja
Ben Czurja
Few words about me, Im a Roma guitarist that come from a musical Gypsy family Background, I worked as a
Alice Nicolay
Alice Nicolay
Development Manager
Alice joined the team in 2016 as Development Manager, having worked with refugees and asylum seekers for the previous five
Leila Seguine
Leila Seguine
Music Facilitator
Leila is a French professional musician (Singer & Flutist) performing with her band, Cristobal and the Sea, across Europe. They
Mazaher
Mazaher
Musician and film-maker
ARTIST STATEMENT I was born in 1978 Why? I don’t know In one of the most beautiful cities in the
Arian Sadr
Arian Sadr
Music Facilitator
Arian Sadr has been enthusiastic about music since childhood, particularly Persian percussion. He started learning Tonbak (Persian goblet drum) and Daf
Kayo Chingonyi
Kayo Chingonyi
Music & Spoken Word Facilitator
Kayo Chingonyi (pronounced kai-o chin-gone-yee) is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry
Glenn Sharp
Glenn Sharp
Musician
Glenn is a session musician, composer and producer. He is a session guitarist who specialises in traditional acoustic music (flamenco
Pat Mackman
Pat Mackman
Music Facilitator
Rioghnach Connolly
Rioghnach Connolly
Music Facilitator
James Sandy
James Sandy
Film-Maker
Sam Jones
Sam Jones
Producer, Stone Flowers
Ralph Kennedy
Ralph Kennedy
Trustee
Ralph Kennedy joined Music Action International as Business Development Manager in September 2012.  He has since worked as Head of
Christine Adcock
Christine Adcock
Trustee
Christine Adcock trained as a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist and is an amateur cellist. She has worked in the NHS
Paul Cowham
Paul Cowham
Treasurer
Treasurer and freelance accountant specialising in the charity and voluntary sector. Paul works with and advises a wide range of
Debra King
Debra King
Joint Chair
Debra King has worked across the arts and education sector in management, creative producing and programming.  She is currently the
Ian Ritchie
Ian Ritchie
Joint Chair
Artistic Director of the Setúbal Music Festival in Portugal, Artistic Director of The Musical Brain, was until recently also Director
Dr Martyn Hudson
Dr Martyn Hudson
Evaluator and Consultant
Martyn has a PHD from Brunel University on Islam, science and philosophy and has written widely on arts and literature,
Alim Kamara
Alim Kamara
Spoken Word Facilitator
Award winning hip-hop artist and public speaker Alim Kamara, is one of the most original British motivational speakers, who successfully
Hassan Nezamian
Hassan Nezamian
Photographer
Originally from Iran, Hassan has worked with Music Action International for the past two years. He has been a photographer
Farhaan (Faz) Shah
Farhaan (Faz) Shah
Music Facilitator & NW Harmonise Co-ordinator
Born in Oldham, Faz started playing the violin in studios and on tracks from an early age and moved into
Jaydev Mistry
Jaydev Mistry
Music Facilitator
Jaydev is a guitarist, percussionist and music technologist.  He won an Amnesty award for his music and has collaborated with
Aidan Jolly
Aidan Jolly
Music Facilitator
Aidan is a musician based in Manchester who has worked extensively as a creative facilitator with Music Action International, Collective
Adam ‘Madz’ Alnajjar
Adam ‘Madz’ Alnajjar
Music Facilitator
Madz is a 20 year old from Damascus, Syria, who has practiced and performed the art of beatboxing on streets
Merit Stephanos
Merit Stephanos
Music Facilitator
Merit Stephanos is a singer, composer, workshop leader and Professor of Music Outreach at the Royal College of Music, London.
Tim Steiner
Tim Steiner
Music Facilitator & Trainer
Tim Steiner is a composer and workshop facilitator with a specialty in devised and collaborative performance. He has directed hundreds
Ivana Gavrić
Ivana Gavrić
Ambassador
“Music has the wonderful power to transcend divisions of language, cultures and age, and can help bring people together, particularly
Jean Paul Samputu
Jean Paul Samputu
Ambassador & Music Facilitator
Jean Paul Samputu is a singer, songwriter, and musician from Rwanda. He has established himself as one of the most
Harry Christophers
Harry Christophers
Ambassador
“Music can add a semblance of sanity to a world that is full of conflict. I firmly believe that it
Lis Murphy
Lis Murphy
Creative Director
Lis Murphy has pioneered the use of singing and songwriting to support war and torture survivors find peace through personal
Nick Jones
Nick Jones
Programme Manager
Nick joined as a volunteer musician in the ‘Stone Flowers’ project in 2013, and has since progressed to a professional
Emmanuela Yogolelo
Emmanuela Yogolelo
Music Facilitator
Emmanuela Yogolelo is a singer, workshop leader and interpreter who fled war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is
Noga Ritter
Noga Ritter
Music Facilitator
Originally from Israel, Noga has lived in Europe for the last few years. She has performed with various projects in