Have your say – join the Making Music Council

Would you like to contribute to the development of policies and services at Making Music? Then consider joining the Making Music Council.

Meeting once a year, the Making Music Council is a forum for discussion and consultation between members, Board and staff. It acts as a valuable advisory group for the development of policies and services at Making Music, and is a mechanism for staff and Board to keep in touch with the wants and needs of the members.

The Council has a named core of people, selected by the Board to represent a cross-section of our membership profile. However, anyone from any member group can attend the Council meeting and contribute to the discussion - this year taking place in York on 14 October - book now.

Named core members of the Council may also be consulted individually between meetings, if an issue arises that demands their particular area of expertise.

Members are invited annually to put themselves for the Council using the application form below. Presently we are particularly looking for representatives from the following types of group:

  • Choral society
  • Chamber choir
  • Community choir
  • Barbershop club
  • Opera
  • Musical theatre
  • Chamber orchestra
  • String orchestra
  • Wind, brass, concert or marching band
  • Youth orchestra
  • Folk or traditional music group
  • Rock, pop and reggae groups
  • Festival

We are also particularly seeking representatives from the following areas:

  • London and the South East
  • East Midlands
  • Yorkshire and the North East
  • Scotland
  • Isle of Man and Channel Islands
  • Northern Ireland

The current core of the Council includes:




Roger Morgan

South East

Benson Choral Society

Rosemary Allen

South West

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

Ray Hart

South East

Wokingham Choral Society

Shirley Smith


North Suffolk Youth Choir

Peter Cookson

South East

British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS)

David Gowdy


Atherstone Choral Society

Lorna Osborne


Lutterworth & District Choral Society

Anne Shepherd


Lytham St Annes Choral Society

Hilary Stokes


Kevock Choir

Adrian Brown


Bromley and Southgate Symphony Orchestras

Stephen Waring

South West

Dorchester Community Orchestra (Dorchestra)

David Bridges


Harmonie Concert Band Solihull

Julian Jenson

South West

Mount Kelly Concert Society

Stuart Isaac


East Midlands Jazz

Helen Allen


Cantorion Pontyclun Ladies Choir

Richard A Howells


Bois Goetre-Hen Male Choir

Matthew Ash

South East

Pop Goes the Choir

Anne Ellis


Bourneville Young Singers

Judith Sunderland

Yorkshire & North

Sheffield Symphony Orchestra

Catherine Tackley


Dr Jazz and the Cheshire Cats

Stephen Davies



Alex Murchie Yorkshire & North Music in the Minster
Sue Bond South West North Creedy Choral Society

Howard Rogerson

North West

Promenade Concert Orchestra

The Making Music Council is administered by Making Music staff in consultation with the Board. The terms of reference are below. For more information about the Council, or to submit your application to become a member, contact the Member Engagement Manager.

Download the application form

Download terms of reference