We're working with young people who are passionate about live music in Birmingham to influence and guide the organisation towards a more diverse program that is relevant and representative of the city of Birmingham.
The panel work closely with experienced arts industry professionals as well as developing a close relationship with THSH’s Board of Trustees.
My name is Autumn Evans and I'm 24 years old from south-east London. I've lived in Birmingham for the past 5 years, at first as a student and now as a young professional working as Corporate Fundraiser at Birmingham Royal Ballet. I studied English Lit and Drama at the University of Birmingham so have been a student for most of my years here, but it's really exciting and enjoyable to now be experiencing the arts sector of Birmingham from the other side of the fence. In my own time I'm a folk singer-songwriter and I regularly gig in and around the city centre of Birmingham. I live very centrally - just on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter.
I am from Edinburgh and a recent graduate from Durham University. I moved back to Birmingham in July 2017 after spending two years here at the conservatoire from 2012-2014. I am currently living in Stirchley, in South Birmingham. Aside from a couple part time jobs I have (one of which is stewarding at Town Hall/Symphony Hall), I am a musician, performing all over the country in a band called Heavy Beat Brass Band. I have also recently set up an all female band called Break Out Brass Band. By starting Break Out Brass Band, my aim is to involve women from all around the UK and form a collective that can actively compete with similar bands who are dominated primarily by men.
Hi my name’s Michael and I’m living in Winson Green. As a full time performer, producer and writer I have invested in Birmingham’s “scene” and want to see its culture grow and mature so I’m excited to hear everyone’s ideas.
I’m a strong believer in the fact that the power to grow isn’t in the hands of the government or council but instead that we, as a community hold the answers. Birmingham is brimming with opportunity and potential and it’s ours for the taking.
I run an event called Neighbourhd to encourage community and collaboration which is just starting to pick up momentum. I reckon there’s a movement starting to take shape across the whole of Brum that will become something quite special.
I’m Grace Sice, a nineteen year old student from the University of Birmingham and I live in Selly Oak. In my spare time I am a presenter/DJ on a disco, soul and feel good radio show on the university radio station. As well as disco music I enjoy Jazz, Pop, Indie rock, all sorts really. I’m also really interested in entrepreneurship and start-ups. I’ll be bringing my skillset from running startup society at the university to the panel and my experience of building a community around an interest. A career in the media or broadcasting interests me so I’m on the panel to explore this possibility and learn more about the creative industries in general.
I am a 21-year-old classical mezzo-soprano, currently studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. I was born in South Africa and am currently living in Digbeth.
I am a Choral Scholar of St Chad's Cathedral under the Director of Music, David Saint. Within the Conservatoire, I am part of the Conservatoire Gospel Choir led by Chalcedony Williams and have previously been a member of the Conservatoire Chamber Choir led by Jeffrey Skidmore and Paul Spicer. Outside of the Conservatoire, I work as a Vocal Tutor for the Birmingham Music School in Jewellery Quarter.
I enjoy performing a wide range of music: I have been a part of various musical productions including Les Miserables and We Will Rock You; I enjoy going to jazz gigs around Birmingham and being a part of the jam session; I have previously been a member of the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble playing flute. I have a passion for all of the arts; I have studied ballet and contemporary dance, and I love to draw, even cultivating a small portfolio of doodles including a redraw of the Girl With A Pearl Earring and The Mona Lisa.
I'm a 21-year-old currently studying Philosophy at the University of Birmingham and living in Selly Oak. I’m originally from Essex but moved to Birmingham for university. My love of music began when I was young with my cousin playing me bands like Green Day and blink-182. I began to play the drums at the age of 10 and have since performed with a variety of bands/groups. My main project at the moment is Coffee Breath – a 5-piece indie/math/emo band who have been together for the last two years. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the panel and am excited at the prospect of learning about and contributing to the operations at THSH.
My name is Namiwa Jazz (23), I am a singer songwriter and composer of self a claimed genre of music, Afrotwang. I perform original music around the UK with my band. I make music that inspires and empowers people to search within themselves and reflect on who they are. In 2017, I founded Namiwa Change Formation to become a creative arts movement working across Birmingham and the West Midlands, supporting and celebrating the creative achievements of women and girls from Black and Asian Minority communities. I love what I do and have been living in Harborne, Birmingham for most of my life. I look forward to meeting everyone soon.
Twitter/Instagram : @namiwajazz @ncf_brum
Hi, I’m Shekayla Maragh (muh-rarj) I’m 25 and a freelance Creative Producer and arts project manager, with a specialism is live music events and festivals. I currently reside in sunny Digbeth. I love most things music and art and appreciate its many varying expressions, place and identities. Much of my work involves artist development and accessible audience development opportunities for people to engage with arts and culture. I like solving things that annoy me, so I look forward to being part of this panel to play a part in change and seeing progression. Fun fact? I play the drums and I'm learning to play bass?
Hia my name is Emily Hopper, I’m 18 and a first year at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire studying harp. I live on the BCU campus in halls but am originally from Canterbury, Kent.
I started playing violin when I was about four and picked up harp at the age of 11. My experience as a harpist has ranged from solo recital performances, orchestral, onstage bands for musicals to background music at weddings etc. Conservatoire has inspired me to start experimenting with extended and electronic effects on the harp.
Back home and outside of music, I used to coach gymnastics and took part in my annual village Christmas pantomime.
My mother is Filipina and my father is part English, part Irish, part Russian and was born in Singapore. I was born in Luton but spent my early childhood in the Philippines and California. As with a lot of second generation immigrants and biracial people, my roots and upbringing resonates with a global nationality and a worldly sense of home. I am a citizen of the world and I want to leave the earth in a better environmental, social and political state than I have found it.
Currently, I'm utilising my Fashion Communications degree to start an ethical fashion marketplace called, Here's Real to reintroduce people to the idea of having memories and positive associations attached to the items they wear everyday without compromising aesthetics, in the hopes to eliminate the "need" for fast fashion. As a Community Interest Company, profits will go to a different good causes in Birmingham each month, starting with The Real Junk Food Project.
Studying Media uni, Tia enjoys the creative arts, especially music. Tia's passion for music means you will often catch her on the radio chatting about Drake's latest song or the next upcoming artists. One of the many things Tia enjoys about music and media as a whole, is its capability to covey important messages and provide people with platforms. Tia hopes to utilise this and create conscious media that challenges mainstream perspectives in the future.
I am 23, originally from West Yorkshire, and I am now living in Edgbaston. After studying English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, I moved to the West Midlands to start work at BMet College, one of the UK’s largest FE colleges. I worked in Strategy, supporting the forward-planning of the college and how to best support young people. I now work as an Evaluation Officer for Highways England.
I have a great passion for the arts, and I have experience in stand-up comedy and poetry slams. I enjoy writing, particularly poetry, and have self-published my own collection of poems in 2016 to raise money for Shelter UK. I love music and watching live performances.