Every member of the Good Vibrations team is a highly experienced community musician. As well as being accomplished musicians, every member of the team is an expert group facilitator, able to work confidently and flexibly with challenging groups, of all kinds. All are enhanced DBS checked.
Katy Haigh, Good Vibrations’ Executive Director, began learning Gamelan 16 years ago, whilst studying Music at The University of York. In 2003 she went on to introduce the genre to secondary schools in West London through the government’s Excellence in Cities Programme.
Katy sees Gamelan as an amazing way of supporting people to develop crucial life skills, such as confidence, listening and teamwork.
Katy’s professional experience is as a Senior Manager in the charity, education and creative sectors. Most recently she led organisational culture-change for Inanna Inc., an Australian organisation supporting people affected by homelessness, mental illness and trauma. Previously she was a Project Manager and then Deputy Chief Executive at award-winning education, employment and enterprise charity, Vital Regeneration, which works in some of the most deprived wards of London.
Katy began her career in 2002 as a Music and Sex and Relationships Education Teacher at Claremont High School in West London, where she later became Deputy Head of Music. This was followed by working as a Communications Advisor at the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.
In her spare time, Katy loves painting and composing.
Other members of the Good Vibrations Team are:
Robert is a workshop facilitator, a composer and qualified social worker. He worked for Westminster Social Services within a multi-disciplinary Community Care Team before becoming a freelance workshop facilitator and teacher. He has been studying gamelan music for 28 years and teaches gamelan within primary, secondary and adult education.
Rob runs the Cambridge University gamelan working with community groups and composition students. He has been a member of the Good Vibrations team since 2006.
Sunetra is a workshop facilitator and music administrator. She trained in music, gamelan and ethnomusicology in York, Indonesia and Malaysia in the 1990s and subsequently taught at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Her gamelan group in Malaysia, Rhythm in Bronze, initiated gamelan work in the community.
Sunetra moved to the UK in 2005 and has been a member of the Good Vibrations team since 2009.
Jane is the operations co-ordinator at Good Vibrations. She joined in 2010, having previously worked as a policy officer at the TUC. She started in the TUC's European policy unit, before moving to their London region, building relationships between employers and trade unions based on the European model. She has also worked freelance, specialising in employment equality policies and procedures.
Previously, Jane worked for the St Mungo Homeless charity as a resettlement worker, helping the long-term homeless find employment.
Kirstan is an assistant workshop facilitator. She read music at the University of Sheffield and went on to become an established Singing Coach. She teaches at local performing arts schools with children aged 6-18 and runs a small community choir in Devon for all age groups. Kirstan has a strong interest in the power of community music and her involvement with Good Vibrations began in 2011 as assistant facilitator and OCN tutor.
Paris is the project manager for Good Vibrations. She studied Music Workshop Skills at Goldsmiths College and Music Business & Music Technology at the Institute of Music & Technology. Paris is also an experienced facilitator in the creative, mental health and criminal justice sector specialising in life and work skills building, group dynamics and improvisational music creation and education.
Paris is passionate about social justice, penal reform, human rights and advocacy.
Nikki is a workshop facilitator, a freelance musician, composer and cultural arts practitioner working with a range of world percussion including Gamelan. She has been facilitating music workshops with schools, colleges, community groups, prisons and young offenders for over 16 years.
Nikki has been involved with Good Vibrations from the start and has worked regularly with groups of all ages and abilities.
Malcolm is the training and development manager for Good Vibrations. He has been teaching gamelan for 13 years following a two-year scholarship in Java and holds a level one PTLLS City and Guilds qualification. As well as nine years of workshop facilitation with Good Vibrations he works with LSO Discovery and the Southbank centre, teaching children and young adults including groups with various special needs. He has also worked with primary school children for Southwark's award-winning Music Service for 11 years.
Malcolm is an experienced sound engineer/producer, recording and mastering CDs for various gamelan ensembles, children's music projects and pop/rock groups.
John is a workshop facilitator who has 25 years experience teaching gamelan to groups in the UK, including work with adults with learning difficulties and substance abusers. He currently works at Southbank Centre and the Royal College of Music in London.
John has been involved with Good Vibrations since its start in 2003.
Kieran is a workshop facilitator who has been with Good Vibrations since 2010. He has Music Leader Training certification and Action Learning Facilitation qualifications.
Initially compelled by the punk explosion, Kieran was driven to learn three chords and start his own punk band. Twenty years later has seen him touring the world and releasing over six full-length albums coupled with an awakening that music is a force for change. Embracing the DIY ethos, Kieran has studied digital audio software and gamelan.
In addition to making music, he is an avid illustrator who designs album covers and band shirts for various artists.
Laurence is a workshop facilitator. He concluded his teaching career as advisory teacher for Hull Music Service, where he also set up a gamelan, extending the work of the Service into the community. Creativity is at the heart of his gamelan sessions.
He has worked for Good Vibrations since it started. For nearly 20 years Laurence has run Hull's annual "Singing Days" for primary schools, writing much of the music himself. Similarly, his choral workshops very much involve him in composition.
Mags is a workshop facilitator for Good Vibrations. She is a musician and storyteller working in the community since 2000. Her instruments include gamelan, voice and flute. Mags holds a BA in Applied Music with Community specialism and is registered with the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Kath is a workshop facilitator. She is a Scottish community musician who specialises in creative and inclusive music-making with a variety of instruments including gamelan. She currently performs with Gamelan Naga Mas, as well as working freelance in the community and with Common Wheel, a Glasgow-based music project for inpatients with mental health problems.
Katherine believes in everyone's right to access their creativity through music.