Welcome to Swindon Music Service
Swindon Music Service is a not-for-profit Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) formed in 2019. Prior to this, the music service was a long-standing department within the Local Authority’s Children Services.
Its mainly funded through the Department for Education (DfE) grant, which is managed through the Arts Council England (ACE). This grant is offered to create a mixed economy approach to our work through the National Plan for Music Education.
Swindon Music Service is the lead organisation for Make Music Swindon, the local music hub. You can see the hub’s website and what on offer here: Make Music Swindon's Website
As a charity we also have a fundraising strategy to allow organisations and individuals to donate to our cause. The fundraising strategy has been developed to support children and young people access musical opportunities where finance would/could be a barrier. Fundraising
Meet the team
Peter Clark (CEO Swindon Music Service and Head of Make Music Swindon Hub)
As the CEO, Peter is responsible for the strategic leadership of Swindon Music Service and the development of effective and sustainable partnerships with a range of providers for the benefit of children and young people in Swindon.
Peter has over 18 years’ experience leading and teaching music in a range of contexts, including instrumental provision in schools, local authority music services & community organisations.
Peter has developed strategies and resources for the teaching and learning of music, which combine the very best of current pedagogical methods to keep children motivated whilst making sound progress from the start.
Peter has a master’s degree in music, is an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM) and holds management post graduate diplomas.
Peter enjoys going to the theatre, and eating out at nice restaurants.
Paul Rowe (Schools Delivery Manager)
After graduating from Trinity College of Music, Paul spent five years teaching piano in schools. At this time he also accompanied for the Tower Hamlets Strings Project (an early precursor of Whole Class Ensemble Tuition), worked with adult beginner musicians and played in bands.
After gaining a PGCE he went on to work at secondary schools in London and Swindon for 23 years, occupying a variety of roles including Head of Faculty, Assistant Head and Deputy Head.
Two years teaching WCET in Swindon primary schools followed and since 2014 he has worked as Delivery Manager for Swindon Music Service. Paul is also a freelance composer and arranger. As well as his LTCL in classical piano and GTCL music degree Paul has an MBA in Educational Management and NPQH.
Paul enjoys composing music in all genres, spending time with family and friends and trying (with mixed success) to stop his house from falling into a general state of dilapidation.
Lynn Hawkins (Singing Champion and Senior Finance Officer)
As singing Champion for Swindon Music Service, Lynn is supporting schools to develop high quality singing programmes and opportunities for their pupils through our excellent CPD and singing festivals.
Lynn also develops, delivers and coordinates the Early Years programmes for pre-school and primary school settings within the borough. This is done with the offer of in class training and a series of EY festivals hosted and promoted by Lynn. In addition to this, Lynn heads the out of school music ensembles provision for the Music Service and develops new and exciting opportunities for CYP to participate in a wide range of musical activities.
Lynn has taught singing for over 30 years, additionally, Lynn has a depth of knowledge in early years music delivery. With a Master’s Degree in Early Years Music Education, BA Hons in EY Education, BSc in EY Education along with qualifications in ABRSM Music and management qualifications Lynn is able to cover a wide range of skills within the music service from finance to classroom delivery.
Lynn Enjoys all musical genres and spending quality time with her family.
Val Weston (Schools Outreach Officer, Inclusion lead for the music hub and music tutor)
Kati Lawrence (Schools Outreach and Inclusion Officer, Instrument Repair Technician and Peripatetic tutor)
Summer Scotford (Business Administration Officer)
Summer has grown up with Swindon Young Musicians as she joined Lynn’s choir when she was 8 years old and also did our Tuesday Night Rock School. During this time, Summer was awarded the ‘Young Leadership’ award and assisted with running the Rock Pod class on a Saturday morning. As Summer got older, she became our Admin Assistant and assisted with running the front desk. From this, Summer has done an apprenticeship qualification through Swindon Music Service, in ‘Business Administration Level 3’ and is now our Business Administrator Officer. Summer has also done graded exams in Piano and Singing.
Summer enjoys Musical theatre, baking and hunting for nice gluten free food.