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YolanDa Brown


Award Winning YolanDa Brown is the premier female saxophonist in the UK, known for her delicious fusion of reggae, jazz and soul. YolanDa has toured with Diana Krall and The Temptations to name a few.

A broadcaster too – presenting numerous shows for the BBC including her eponymous series for CBeebies, "YolanDa’s Band Jam", which won the Royal Television Society NW Awards in the Best Children’s category. She recently announced her new radio show on Jazz Fm which airs every Saturday.

YolanDa was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of East London.  A champion for the importance of music education, she strives to bring access to the power of music and joy it emits to young people across the country. A real renaissance woman, set to reach new heights.

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  • Favourite film Pay it Forward
  • Favourite book Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • Favourite album Marvin Gaye - What’s going on
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Sophia Alexandra Hall


Recently named as an international ‘Top Talent under 25’ by Gen*ZEO, and making the PPA 30 under 30 list, Sophia is the Content Editor for Classic FM. As the first care experienced person to graduate from the University of Oxford with a degree in Music, she understands first-hand how music can shape a life.

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  • Favourite song Don't be a Fool by Gregory Porter
  • Favourite game Mario Kart 8 (Switch)
  • Favourite fruit Strawberries
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Freddie Aitken


Freddie works in Operations and Finance at Brighter Sound, a music charity based in the North West. Alongside this, he runs an electronic music record label, hosts monthly radio shows, and DJs in his home city of Manchester and around the UK. He is also a keen vinyl collector.

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  • Favourite album Tongue by Anenon
  • Favourite biscuit Lemon Puffs
  • Favourite book The Lemon Table by Julian Barnes
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Miri Buac


Miri is a brand strategist and Head of Communications for a not-for-profit membership organisation. She has worked with an array of consumer brands and charities leading on creative and behaviour change projects. She’s passionate about youth culture, helping people share their lived experiences to influence societal change or help increase opportunities available to individuals and communities.

Over the years, Miri has worked on the launch of Apple Music, implementing programmes with Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, and national governing bodies, and even whipped up a media storm(zy) about Youth Music. 

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  • Favourite album Dave, Psychodrama
  • Favourite food Pickles
  • Happy place Glastonbury
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Rachel Lindley


Rachel is Director of Music Publishing at Oxford University Press, the largest university press in the world and one of the longest-established music publishers, overseeing its classical, choral and educational catalogue. Rachel has a wealth of experience in the printed music, choral/vocal and music education sectors, having also worked as Head of Education for Bloomsbury Publishing plc, launching music education platforms, in artist management, and singing professionally. She also sits on the board of the MPA and PMLL.

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  • Favourite place The Yorkshire Dales
  • Favourite album Motivated Music for the Syncopated Soul by Cory Wong
  • Favourite piece Howells Requiem
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Sam Denniston


Sam is the founder of Verdigris Management, an independent artist management company that helps artists realise their creative vision. Sam represents a diverse set of artists across a range of genres. From creating global success stories; Jungle and Hot Chip - to breaking emerging artists - Priya Ragu and Smoothboi Ezra - Sam’s passion for integrity and creativity within the music industry has helped him to grow the company from a one-man bedroom-based operation to a team of 10 working over 25 artists, producers and mixers; in just eight years.

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  • No. 1 favourite My family
  • No. 2 favourite Track days
  • No. 3 favourite Sold out shows at Brixton Academy!
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Nathifa Jordan


Nathifa Jordan is the Business Director at CultureMix Arts, a not-for-profit music and carnival arts organisation based in Berkshire. She is an experienced creative with a demonstrated history of working with young people in music related activities. 

Nathifa has a degree in Sociology from the University of Surrey and is passionate about education and personal development. She leads the facilitation of business training, work experience, careers advice and mentoring making a positive difference to the lives and futures of many young people. Through her work her mission is to help empower young people to achieve their ambitions and further develop prospects for careers in the music and creative industry.

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  • Favourite instrument Steel pan
  • Favourite fruit Red grapes
  • Favourite season Summer
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Rachel Nelken


Rachel’s 20+ years in the creative sector have included work with many high-profile and grassroots arts organisations designing, developing and running creative programmes for communities, developing artists, producing events and shows and working with strategic music funders, including setting up and developing the PRS Foundation for New Music in 1999.

Rachel is currently CEO for Brixton-based community music organisation Raw Material Music and Media which supports young people and adults at risk with creative and digital skills development. Recent senior roles in the performing arts include Head of Creative Programmes at The Albany in Deptford and Senior Producer at the Roundhouse in Camden.

In 2008 Rachel developed the ArtsTrain programme offering creative music making opportunities to young people across South East London. Rachel is an advisor for Help Musicians UK and the PRS Foundation. She is an avid reader, mum to two lively and opinionated teen daughters and a musician in her own right, currently honing her jazz cello skills!

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  • Favourite album Homogenic – Bjork
  • Favourite place Music festivals
  • Favourite Book The Great Divorce – CS Lewis
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Sam Ross


Sam is Associate Director and Head of Subscription Services at Stephenson Law, an alternative law firm that provides unstuffy advice to fast-scaling tech companies.  He was previously an in-house General Counsel at ComplyAdvantage, a provider of digital anti-money laundering checks, and WorldRemit, an online money transfer company that helps migrants send money home quickly without paying exorbitant fees. Sam initially trained at City Firm Olswang (known for its experience in media and music law) and then moved to Barclays to support its global operations and technology function.  

  • Favourite singer Donny Hathaway
  • Favourite album Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales
  • Favourite football team Watford FC

Coming from a foster care background, my voice didn’t always feel like it was being heard. To have been appointed as the youngest trustee of Youth Music means more than I can say. I feel so, so empowered to be able to play a part in shaping youth music making.

Sophia Alexandra Hall, Youth Music Trustee