The Team

Mark Davyd

Mark Davyd, CEO (FRSA)
After studying Sound Engineering at college in the early 80s, Mark embarked on a career in the music industry, first as a member of various moderately successful bands, then as a for-hire session player. By the late 80s, he was trading life on the road for more studio and venue orientated pursuits, resulting in the creation in 1993 of Tunbridge Wells Forum, the South East’s leading venue for rising touring acts. Alongside it’s impressive roster of live shows, which includes acts such as Coldplay, Oasis, Libertines, and Green Day, Mark and his partners at The Forum encouraged the development of the venue as a community arts centre, hosting a programme of comedy, drama, film and poetry with supporting projects for young people to encourage their participation through interactive workshops. Shortly after successfully securing Arts Council England support to develop this programme, Mark was appointed Project director for Rhythmix, and has been steering the organisation since 2000. In 2003 he created Outstanding Records and Artist Management, a successful production house company which has to date released 17 albums and manages 11 artists throughout the world. Outstanding has increasingly focused on Latin Alternative artists, and has led the way in developing new Latin music, placing music into films, TV and games, such as Nick and Norah, Beverley Hills Chihuahua, Ugly Betty, Entourage and FIFA 07/08/09.

Mark Randall

 

Mark Randall, Operations Consultant
After leaving Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys in 1978 with one ambition; to be a pop-star, Mark was slowly brought down to earth when after years of being in criminally under-rated , and commercially under-achieving bands, he sadly realised that the job had already been taken. Taking with him golden memories of having supported the original Bay City Rollers at the London Lyceum, and being heckled by 800 skinheads and punks at the Hammersmith Clarendon,  Mark then decided to take up gainful employment and became a guitar technician, then later, chief buyer for UK’s leading musical instrument wholesaler. In the meantime Mark was able to fulfil his creative bent by appearing as a singer/dancer in various productions of the musicals; La Cage aux Folles, City of Angels, and Anything Goes. However, ten years and four stone later Mark confines his involvement with the entertainment world by running a comedy club and new band night at a local venue, as well as singing and playing bass in a 60s/country rock band.

Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone, Strategic Consultant (FRSA)
Lucy has worked in education outreach since 1992 starting work as a youth worker before going to university to study Social Anthropology in 1997. After University Lucy completed a Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management in 2002. Lucy has worked on a wide variety of creative projects across a range of disciplines and with a range of stakeholders. Organisations Lucy has worked with includes Carnival Collective, Brighton Jewish Film Festival, Brighton University, West Kent Arts Partnership, Raft PR, Making Space, All Ways Learning, Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton & Hove Music Trust and Brighton & Hove Music Arts and Study Support. Lucy worked with Rhythmix whilst at Carnival Collective as General Manager and joined the Rhythmix team as Brighton & Hove Co-ordinator in 2007′

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Nora Mzaoui, Office Manager
Originally from the Netherlands, Nora has been an active member of the community and voluntary sector in Brighton and Hove for over 10 years, specialising in grant giving and supporting local community groups and activities. She volunteered for many projects and organisations in the city such as BHIP (supporting inclusive play) and is still active as a Community and Voluntary Sector Forum rep, Black and Minority Ethnic Health Forum rep and a volunteer for a Multi Cultural Youth Club.  She also sits on her local GP patient group, hoping to develop a voice for Young People and Black Minority Ethnic community through community engagement. 

Jo White

Jo White, Regional Co-ordinator + Team Leader
Having toured and played music professionally for many years, Jo became involved in Community Music in 2001. After graduating from the Goldsmith’s College Workshop Skills course, she freelanced for a number of Arts organisations and orchestras including Rhythmix, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra and  Choices for Children. She established her own company 100 Monkeys in 2005, to deliver music to young people in respite care. Jo developed a particular interest in Key Stage 2 creative work and helped to pilot, deliver and co-ordinate Brighton and Hove’s Soundmakers programme. Jo is now working across Kent with  the Youth and Music Services to broaden access to music making for young people in the area.

 Sam Halligan

Sam Halligan, Regional Co-ordinator
Sam has been involved in music since the age of 13 when he was asked if he would play the double bass. He used this knowledge to become self taught on a number of stringed and percussive instruments, and can even play the drums abit. He has played in a number of varied ensembles from stringed orchestras and big bands to heavy metal and folk. Sam followed his interest in music through college and university where he engineered and stage managed at a central London venue. Having left University in 2003, with a qualification in musical instrument making, Sam briefly worked as a luthier and still knows a thing or 2 about knocking a guitar together from scratch.  Sam retrained with a Masters in product design at the University of Brighton in 2009 and by this time was already working for Rhythmix as a sessional music leader. Inspired by the impact of the projects he was already working on, Sam used his Masters project to help set up new rehearsal facilities in Hastings and has continued involvement with the management of Rhythmix delivery ever since. 

Russ Grooms

 

Russ Grooms, Regional Co-ordinator
Russ Grooms is a multi-instrumental tutor with a love for many styles of music including Jazz, Soul, Blues, Electronica, Dance and Folk. An award winning Music Educator, Russ has also enjoyed a wide and varied career in the Music Industry and brings his skills both to the tutor team and to the staff team as Regional Co-ordinator. Outside of Rhythmix, Russ enjoys travelling and collecting vintage guitars. He prefers light exercise and has a soft spot for cheese.

Emma Dickson

 Emma Dickson, Regional Co-ordinator
Emma has worked in Community Music and Arts since her school days, her first summer job  was as a box office assistant at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe . Emma has worked with a wide range of community projects including Red Zebra, Brighton Carnival, Brighton Hip Hop Festival , Artscape and Audioactive, providing administration, project management and fundraising support. Emma is passionate about helping young people to make music and having worked with Rhythmix in the past is excited to now be part of the team. She may not make music herself but still puts in the occasional appearances at her friends weddings as a DJ!

 

 

Jack Kingslake, Mentoring Co-ordinator
Jack is an experienced musician, producer, music leader and project manager who works across a huge range of genres and settings, ranging from large ensemble projects with talented young instrumentalists to one-to-one mentoring with young offenders. Having been based in Bristol until 2009, Jack cut his teeth running music workshops in deprived inner city areas, where he established the community-recording studio ‘Hi-Road Studios’, that provides music making opportunities to large numbers of young people. Jack has also trained with Youth Music as an Advanced Music Mentor and has gone on to deliver mentor training for a number of different organisations across the country.