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: paul@matd.org.uk

DCIM100MEDIAPaul 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.


 Danny Lane, General Manager: danny@matd.org.uk

DCIM100MEDIADanny 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.


Ros Rowe, Finance Adminstrator: ros@matd.org.uk

DCIM100MEDIARos 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.

Lea Turner, Projects Administrator: lea@matd.org.uk


Lea was originally born in Halifax, has two children and joined Music and the Deaf as Project Administrator in 2014. Having gained a first class honours degree in Music Production, Lea has spent the last four years working in a range of arts and music based roles including positions based in Music Research, Theatre, Schools,  Recording Studios and Community Outreach.




 Craig Hoyle, Digital Publicist: craig@matd.org.uk

DCIM100MEDIA Craig Hoyle was born in Huddersfield and now lives in Batley. He joined Music and the Deaf as the Digital Publicist on 18th November 2013.  Craig has a passion for technology and uses this to enable deaf and hearing people to access a variety of services both in-house and externally. Since the short time he has been at Music and the Deaf, Craig has been an invaluable asset to the team. He is an active member of the local Huddersfield Deaf community and is a keen amateur dramatist. Craig enjoys singing and signing songs and will be performing in the next production by Huddersfield Deaf Club.



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