Who we are
Music and the Deaf was founded in 1988 by Dr Paul Whittaker OBE, to help deaf people, and those who live and work them, access and enjoy music.
On this page you will find more information about who we are and how to contact us. Welcome to Music and the Deaf!
Paul Whittaker OBE, Artistic Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Whittaker was born in Huddersfield in 1964 and has been deaf all his life. He plays the piano and organ and has also trained choirs. Paul has a music degree from Oxford University, a post-graduate diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and in 2007 was awarded an OBE for Services to Music.
For 18 years Paul was a theatre interpreter and in 2010 gave the first ever signed performance at the BBC Proms – “Sondheim at 80.” Paul continues to work with the Edinburgh International Festival, Rambert Dance Company and The Sixteen choir.
As Music and the Deaf’s Artistic Director Paul is responsible for the creative and artistic development of the charity. For the past 4 years he has been very involved in Sing Up, of which Music and the Deaf was a flagship organisation, encouraging people to both sing and sign and creating signed song resources.
Danny Lane, General Manager: email@example.com
Danny Lane joined Music and the Deaf as the Education Projects Manager in 2002 and became General Manager in 2012. Over the years, Danny has carried out research in schools and produced a number of Keys to Music publications, he founded the West Yorkshire Deaf Youth Orchestra which influenced the set up similar groups in other areas of England, he led the Hi-Notes Ensemble and conducted the group at the Royal Albert Hall in 2008 during the National Festival of Music for Youth.
Danny was brought up near Selby and has been profoundly deaf from birth. He obtained a degree in Music and French from the University of Keele and also studied at the Universite d’Amiens in France. He plays the piano and enjoys classical music.
Angela Parker, Projects Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela was born in Huddersfield and is married with 2 children. She has worked for a variety of organisations in the last 26 years; Builders Merchants, Customer Service Management, Financial Services and Debt Management. Angela has been in the Arts Industry since 2002 working with children, elders, education authorities and hard to reach individuals. Working at Music and the Deaf for the past few months has been an interesting and enjoyable experience. Angela says “I enjoy people watching and seeing each character in the office emerge has been fantastic. Long may it continue”.
Ros Rowe, Finance Administrator: email@example.com
Ros was born in Hexham and moved to Huddersfield having completed her degree in Business Studies. An HR professional, Ros has worked in Local Authorities for the last 20 years before leaving to set up her own part time Venue Dressing Business. Married with two children, Ros enjoys working in the community and has been a Governor at her local High School and has also served on the Board of Directors of Castle and Minster Credit Union.
The trustees of Music and the Deaf have wide experience of business, finance, education, music and deafness and are responsible for the overall management of the charity:
Paul Herrington Mike Payne Sandy Goler Matthew Herrington Wendy McCracken Ann Stokes Graham Crowder