The Primary Music Conference takes place on Wednesday 13th November at Bucks New University (High Wycombe Campus), 9:30 – 16:00.  With three streams of practical content to invigorate music in your school, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

We’d like to take a moment to introduce our speakers from the event.

Fay Hayhurst

Fay has over 20 years’ experience of inspiring children through music.  Her work spans all forms of musical education, from one on one support for those with profound and multiple learning difficulties to organising large scale concerts.

Fay’s qualifications include an honours degree in Music from Middlesex University, as well as a Masters’ in Music Education from University of London (Institute of Education).  Fay chose her focus on education by completing a PGCE at University of London (Institute of Education) in 2008.

Building on a solid foundation of music teaching, as well as active participation in extracurricular activities such as choir, concert and event organisation, Fay took her passion in a new direction in 2014 when she took up the role of Area Leader for Buckinghamshire Music Trust.  This role utilised Fay’s extensive teaching experience as well as harnessing her passion and expertise to deliver the strategic and operational management of two music centres; countywide development of accessible music education for different settings; as well as the management and coordination of a variety of local and countywide events. As part of her role with BMT Fay has responsibility for inclusion and diversity, as well developing singing in schools across the county.

Fay Hayhurst


Laura Felstead

Laura Felstead is the Whole Class Instrumental Teaching Leader for Buckinghamshire Music Trust.

Laura has specialised in whole class instrumental teaching since training to teach the violin at Kent Music, having extensively trained with Lori Norris. She then became Whole Class Instrumental Teaching coordinator for Slough Music Service and later Head of Slough Music Service where her main objectives were focused on offering high quality, diverse and inclusive musical opportunities that are accessible to all children and young people in the community. Now working for Buckinghamshire Music Trust Laura continues to advocate holistic, creative instrumental teaching and developing inspirational musical experiences both for everyday learning and large scale events.

Laura plays the electric violin in a punk band, and particularly enjoys playing at, and attending festivals and gigs.

Penny Hale

Penny is a musician and music teacher with a wealth of experience working within a wide range of settings. After studying for her BMus on the cello at Sheffield University, Penny became interested in early years music education during her time studying as a postgraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music where she was inspired by her experiences with Dalcroze Eurhythmics. After initially working as a peripatetic cello teacher, Penny now focusses on her work with young children alongside being an Area Leader for BMT in Aylesbury.

Penny Hale

Paul Guenault

Paul is the Director of Bucks Music Trust and has an extensive background in Music Education.

Previously he worked in schools for 22 years as a music teacher, arts leader, curriculum deputy, through to being a headteacher and was involved in Creative Partnerships and managing Specialist Schools Arts Status in North London.

He is also the South East Regional representative for MusicMark and has worked for Royal Opera House Bridge as a lead consultant for ArtsMark and ArtsAward in schools. This has meant he has been consulted by the Music Model Curriculum working party for DfE with involvement in discussions with the All Party Parliamentary Group for music education regarding music provision and OfSTED inspection


Sarah Robbins

Sarah is a musician, workshop leader and educator. She studied classical flute and piccolo at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama followed by postgraduate studies in ‘Performance and Communication Skills’. She went onto gain a Masters from Brunel University in ‘Contemporary Music’.

She has collaborated and performed with musicians from many parts of the world, in a wide range of styles from classical through improvised to new music, dance and music theatre.

Sarah lived and worked in Africa where she established arts based, community projects working with African musicians, dancers and school children. She is a multi-instrumentalist playing various flutes, Ilimba (thumb piano from Tanzania) and didgeridoo.

She has devised and led creative composition projects in the UK, USA and Africa with people of all ages and ranges of ability including Nursery, Primary, Secondary school children, children with special needs and teachers.

She has taught class music in International schools and implemented cross-curricular projects integrating music more fully into the school curriculum.

Sarah teaches flute, runs a flute group and is currently a consultant for Trinity College.

Inspire Works

Inspire-works lead world-music and dance workshops with 70,000 children per year. They hold two Guinness World Records (largest drumming lesson & largest samba band), are three times finalists in the Music Teacher Awards and winners in the Primary Music Magazine Awards. Inspire-works’ Musical Director, Mike Simpson, is a Senior Examiner for Trinity College London and author of Rhinegold Education’s Teach & Play world-music series of resources.

Practical workshop using authentic Indonesian gamelan, African, Brazilian and Caribbean instruments which focuses on strategies for teaching these genres in the classroom with or without authentic instruments. Full workshop notes are provided for all participants including notation of all music learnt in the workshop, teaching suggestions and cultural information.

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