Who We Are

Our experienced team have worked with inclusive music making, Assistive Music Technology and arts for health for over 30 years, working in a variety of settings including community adult groups, mainstream and SEN schools, higher education and workforce development.

Team

Doug has a varied background, including mechanical engineering, professional studio applications and music, and was first involved with assistive technology in 1988.

For many years he has worked in Education, teaching on Music technology and Music Production courses up to degree level, and has been involved in writing and developing HE courses in these areas.

Alongside running inclusive music workshops he has used his engineering experience to adapt conventional instruments to be played more inclusively in new ways. He is also active in publicising the need for assistive music technology and education, including instigating a major article in industry-leading magazine Sound On Sound, and prompting the University of Huddersfield to create the Adaptive Music Technology Research Group.

He continues to work with disabled musicians and as briggsaccordions.com he also designs and expertly hand-builds innovative carbon fibre accordions.

Andy is a percussionist and double bass player specialising in Afro-Cuban music. He has been using assistive music technology since 1998 to make and teach inclusive music making in schools and community groups, and now currently works with Omnimusic.

Ann Wilkes is a Manchester-based Freelance Fundraiser and Producer. She works with a range of organisations but her main interest lies in equitable access to the arts, both for wellbeing and simply as arts for art’s sake. As a trained classical singer, musical organisations will always be close to her heart.

Development Partners

Mark has a longstanding interest in combining music and technology. After completing a Masters in Music Technology at York University he has worked with a wide variety of organisations, exploring the potential of assistive technology which enables people of all abilities to make music. He has notably worked with the team creating the MIDIcreator and is the primary developer of the Apollo Ensemble software.

Mark is committed to making assistive technology accessible to everyone and has delivered a series of conferences, training and workshops to share this on a larger platform.

Rachael is a musician who also designs assistive music technology. Rachael was named Tech4Good IT Volunteer of the Year 2015 for her work with music and technology for young people at Royal School Manchester, Seashell. Rachael is passionate about community music-making, and has directed Mistral Clarinet Choir since 2013 to enable adult students of all abilities to make music together. She delivers musical sessions with the technology that she has developed at various special schools in the Manchester area.

Patron

Portrait of Adele Drake

Adele Drake

Patron of OmniMusic

In establishing three Drake Music UK charities, Adele pioneered the widening of musical possibilities for disabled people through the game-changing use of technology.

She is now the co-founder of Liquid Vibrations, a charity providing disabled children and young people ways to experience a space for deep relaxation and introspection and a break from the need to respond to stimuli and gravity through musical hydrotherapy.

Trustees

Adrian has been at the forefront of music and music technology education for over 40 years, writing and developing qualifications, training teachers and running some of the countries first courses in further and higher education colleges to offer music technology as a subject. He has also worked for awarding bodies, advised governments and performed as both a guitarist and keyboard player.

Adrian has also taught in secondary schools and has been very active as a composer and songwriter and continues to make music using technology.

Anne describes herself as a geologist and a musician. Her career in music and music education notably includes her position as Vice Principal of The Manchester College, Head of Music & Performance at The Manchester College and an examiner for BTEC.

Anne has also been heavily involved with the Jubilee Sailing Trust as a Watch Leader.

She currently holds the post as a trustee of the Ruswarp Village Hall.

Based in Manchester UK, Leon is a freelance musician, project manager and director of three leading cultural arts organisations. As a musician, he is fascinated by all things percussive. For the last 20 years he has focused on Afro-centric music and arts traditions eventually finding his main passion and focus in Global Carnival.

As an arts leader, he has helped to develop many of the Northwest’s leading carnival arts organisations, guiding them to produce high quality participatory arts and touring productions. Leon’s main focus and passion over the last ten years has been the development of the social enterprise Global Grooves as CEO.

Leon has also helped to develop the arts Module within the British Council’s ‘Active Citizens’ programme as well as being a Clore fellow 2014. More recently he has taken the lead on the development of a new Northwest Centre for Carnival Arts initiated by Global Grooves due to open in Mossley, Greater Manchester in 2021.

Mark Rowland is a graduate from the University of Chester. He is a musician, DJ and advocate of Assistive Music Technology.

He has worked on collaborative projects using innovative music technology with artists and projects including Jools Holland and Bonnie Tyler through the Drake Music project, DJ Fresh, Smirnoff Mindtunes and musician development at Valley Community Theatre.

Mark is a businessman in the legal, medical techology and education technology sectors. As a solicitor and entrepreneur, Mark brings considerable business and corporate governance experience to the Board of Trustees at OmniMusic.

Mark’s late brother, Daniel, suffered from Turners Syndrome and a learning disability. One of the joys of Daniel’s life was to perform music and dance in a group. Mark will strive always to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to play, sing, dance and be merry.