Who We Are

  • Emily Carr-Martin
    Job Title: Creative Director

    Emily co-founded Hear My Music in 2010 based on the belief that music is a powerful communicative tool that can change lives. She is a violinist with a long-term fascination and passion about the use of music within the community as a vehicle for change, particularly for people with complex needs and/or autism. This led her to complete her MSc Music in the Community at Edinburgh University and subsequently set up Hear My Music. Emily spends her free time walking, running and cycling around Scotland with her dog Isla. 

    “Music has the power to unlock, to reawaken, to begin the conversation...”

Freelance Practitioners

 

  • Ruth Mackay
    Job Title: Freelance Practioner

    Ruth is a professional musician (Scottish harp) and music teacher. She studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she completed a Diploma in Music Education and BA Hons Scottish Music. Ruth is passionate about music education and enjoys working on varied projects in school and community settings. She is excited to work with Hear My Music and promote inclusive music-making opportunities.

    In her free time, Ruth loves reading, independent cinema, and jigsaw puzzles.

  • Clea Friend
    Job Title: Freelance Practioner

    Clea works as a professional cellist and community musician in as many different places as she can. After studying music in Edinburgh and America she returned to Scotland to complete her MSc Music in the Community which reinforced her passion for using music to enable non-verbal communication for those who prefer not to use words.

    Hear My Music is an important component of Clea's working life and has brought her some of her most rewarding moments as a community musician.

  • Beth Black
    Job Title: Freelance Practioner

    Beth is a community music graduate who just will not stop talking about inclusivity issues in the music industry. She’s been involved with music for her whole life so far, and plans to keep it that way. She sees her work with Hear My Music’s participants (and other staff!) as a privilege and she learns from them as much as she teaches them. Outside of music she loves hillwalking, and her dog Mozart.

  • Melissa Humphreys
    Job Title: Freelance Practioner

    Melissa is originally from a teaching background and has an MSc in Music Therapy. She is excited to be involved with Hear My Music and about using music as a means of communication and expression, in an inclusive way. Outside of HMM, Melissa directs two choirs and teaches instrumental lessons.

  • Matthew Todd
    Job Title: Freelance Practioner

    Matt grew up in a large, musical family of seven siblings. Sharing his love of music with others has always been his passion. This grew all the more as he studied classical singing for six years, initially in Edinburgh College and then at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Since then he has had a varied career of performing, choral conducting, and community music, as well as writing and composing.

    “It has been my privilege to work with Hear My Music over a number of years. I am constantly inspired by their commitment to reaching adults and children with the healing power of music. Hear My Music brings hope and joy to some of Scotland’s most vulnerable individuals and I consider it an honour to be a part of that.”

Staff

 

  • Noanie Heffron
    Job Title: Staff

    Noanie is our part-time administrator and does a lot of non-musical sorting, filing, and emailing. In addition to her HMM role, Noanie is an event organiser, an Equality and Diversity advisor to Scottish Athletics, a welfare officer for a national dog rehoming charity, and is usually fostering at least one dog - in addition to her own three.

Board of Directors/Trustees

 

  • Shelly Coyne

    Shelly has been a member of the Hear My Music board since the start in 2010, bringing experience and knowledge of setting up and developing another music charity in Glasgow called Givin’ it Laldie.  Shelly’s passion lies in leading community singing groups with vulnerable and disadvantaged singers and she is close to finishing her PhD, looking at choirs for people who have experienced homelessness. Shelly loves dogs and as a puppy walker for the Guide Dog Association, she is currently ‘training’ dog number four.

  • Moyra Hawthorn

    Moyra has been a member of the Hear My Music board since 2010. Moyra is both a qualified social worker with extensive experience working with traumatised and disabled children and also a qualified Music Therapist, working with a range of children and young people individually and in group settings. She is involved in various community music activities, playing piano, harpsichord, clarinet and concertina, and supports her local community choir. Moyra also loves walking, back-packing, gardening and generally being outdoors.

  • Angela Barron

    Angela has around 17 years experience in the third sector. With a strong background in marketing and communications, she is now CEO of a small charity based in Stirling. Outside of work she is involved in the Scottish ultrarunning community, enjoys advocating for inclusion and equality, and spends most of her free time with her two rescue dogs. Angela freely admits that musical talent is one thing she does not bring to her role at Hear My Music.

  • David Turnbull

    David has an MA in politics, an MBE, and is a professionally qualified social worker. His experience is primarily in childcare and he has had a range of management posts in local authority and the voluntary sector. He has undertaken research at Lancaster, Liverpool and Glasgow universities. He worked for Action for Children where he was a senior manager responsible for a range of services focusing on children with learning difficulties. After ceasing permanent full time work in 2009 he undertook various temporary contracts in childcare management until ceasing paid work in 2016. As well as being a Director with Hear My Music, David is also on the Ethics Committee at The University of The West Of Scotland.