Inspiring children to be
happy and confident
through music …
Inspiring children to be
happy and confident
through music …

Our Ambassadors

 

The Voices for Life Ambassadors kindly donate their time to advocate for the charity in the community. If you are interested in becoming an ambassador for Voices for Life, get in touch with Tessa at tessa@voicesforlife.org.uk

  Voices for Life Ambassadors

Edward Bayntun-Coward DL

Suzi Digby OBE

Jamila Gavin (author)

Wera Hobhouse MP

Marian McNeir MBE

Thomas Sheppard DL

 

Edward Bayntun-Coward DL

Edward Bayntun-Coward is the owner of George Bayntun, the antiquarian bookshop and bindery in Bath. He was the Chairman of the Bath Preservation Trust and is currently Chairman of the Holburne Museum, Vice-Chairman of the American Museum and Gardens and Trustee of various charities. He was High Sheriff of Somerset and is an active Deputy Lieutenant.

Suzi Digby OBE

Suzi Digby OBE is an internationally renowned choral conductor and music educator. She has trail-blazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the community over three decades, founding organisations such as The Voices Foundation (the UK’s leading primary music education charity); Singing4Success (leadership and ‘accelerated learning’ for corporates) and London Youth Choirs. Her professional vocal consort, ORA Singers, won the Opus Klassik Best Ensemble of the Year, 2018. She also founded and conducts Voce Chamber Choir (a vibrant, young London-based chamber choir), which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2023.

Suzi has conducted major choral-orchestral works with, amongst others: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; BBC Symphony Orchestra; London Mozart Players; the English Concert and Brandenburg Festival Orchestra. Suzi has conducted at the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge and (with the Rolling Stones) the O2, Glastonbury Festival and Hyde Park. Suzi is the official choral conductor for The Rolling Stones.

Suzi has been a trustee of Music in Country Churches, among other music and education charities. She is Past President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and was Acting Music Director of Queens’ College, Cambridge (where she founded and ran the Queens’ Choral Conducting Programme). Amongst many TV appearances, she was a judge on the BBC1 hit show Last Choir Standing. She regularly adjudicates choral competitions and gives workshops and lectures around the world. In 2016, Suzi received an honorary degree from University of Aberdeen. She is visiting Professor at University of Southern California (Choral Studies).

 

Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath

Trained as a visual artist, Bath’s MP Wera Hobhouse firmly believes in supporting people of all ages, particularly young people, to express themselves creatively. Passionate about the power of music to enhance young people’s self-confidence and wellbeing, Wera is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Music Education. She is excited about supporting the work of Voices for Life. Wera loves singing in the shower herself.

Jamila Gavin

With an Indian father and an English mother, Jamila Gavin inherited two rich cultures which ran side by side throughout her life. She has produced collections of short stories, and several junior and teenage novels covering the whole age
range from six to sixteen. These include Grandpa Chatterji, which was short-listed for the Smarties Award and was dramatised for television on Channel 4 Schools, and The Surya Trilogy which were runner up and shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award in 1992. Coram Boy, which was winner of the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year 2000, was adapted for the National Theatre, and performed in London and New York.

Having trained, extensively, as a musician before becoming a writer, music has played a central role in her life and a constant inspiration, as can be seen in much of her writing. So, it has been with great pleasure that in recent years, she has been approached by composers to provide text for them.

Marian McNeir MBE

Coming Soon…

Thomas Sheppard DL

A solicitor in private practice who has been actively involved with charities and not for profit organisations throughout his working life. Usually as a trustee and often as the chair he has followed his interests which include arts-based charities, such as Bath Festivals, Bath Theatre Trust, and the Arnolfini in Bristol; health care organisations, such as Dorothy House Hospice Care, the Royal United Hospital NHS Trust and the mental health charity RICE.

Thomas has held local roles such as parish councillor and churchwarden. He spent over ten years on the Council of Management at the University of Bath and was a director of Bath Rugby in its first years as a professional rugby club.

He is currently the chair of the Bath Preservation Trust, a campaigning and heritage charity which also runs museums together with the Beckford Tower Trust and Herschel Museum of Astronomy. He also a chair and trustee of several grant making charities including the newly formed Somerset Supports Ukraine.
Thomas was the 960th High Sheriff of Somerset and appointed a deputy lieutenant of Somerset this year.