BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Abby moved to Norfolk in 2001 to study International Development at UEA and subsequently worked for several locally based charities and organisations including the National Trust, Age Concern Norfolk, CAFOD, Banana Link and the UEA. Following further study at UEA, Abby now works as a children’s speech and language therapist. Abby started learning the violin aged 7 and the flute aged 11, and feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to play in orchestras and small ensembles throughout school and university. She continues to play violin with a Norwich-based amateur orchestra, and enjoys the wonderful and varied music scene that Norwich and Norfolk have to offer. Abby joined the NORCA and Sistema in Norwich Board of Trustees in 2015.
Karl is a Project Management and software tester for a digital agency in Norwich.
I enjoy being involved with something different to what I do as a career, and can bring some of my skillset to help the other trustees and staff members of NORCA & Sistema. I enjoy working with the staff and get to see some of them on a daily basis as I share office space with them. Volunteering is a good way to challenge yourself as you don't HAVE to do it. It's nice to give something back.
Karl's interests include - Blue skies. Roast duck and Rioja. Hoyo De Monterrey. Champagne tasting at sunrise. Ian Fraser Kilmister. Handmade Italian leather boots. The pride of East Anglia. Dad jokes. Free climbing at the local bouldering club.
I have been a Music Teacher for over 10 years, working across schools in Cambridge and as Director of Music at an international school in Shanghai. My own experience as a violinist and chorister led me to train as a conductor from the age of 17 and fuelled my passion for ensemble music. Whilst an undergraduate, I was awarded a scholarship to study for a year abroad in Pennsylvania which introduced me to the pedagogy and instrument method courses used to inform the ensemble programmes across the USA. As a teacher I continue to combine my interest in ensemble music and music technology alongside general music education; this had led to my collaboration on innovative research projects which include teaching musical composition through computer coding (Cambridge), and engagement-led approach to music education (Juilliard). I am currently studying for a Master’s in Education Management at King’s College London, and my research is focused on digitally-mediated music education, and notions of social justice in music education. My belief in the power of community arts and music for social justice are what led me to NORCA, and I look forward to supporting the organisation moving forward.
We are looking for new trustees. If you would be interested in getting involved then please have a check out our recruitment pack and get in touch.