Mike is a life-long resident of North Wales who works with organisations to unlock the transformative power of the arts for people, places and communities. He is a consultant with the Co-production Lab Wales, a Visiting Researcher at Wrexham University, an advisor to the Public Services of North Wales, and a member of the Wrexham City of Culture Board.
Originally from Wrexham, Laura began studying the bass aged 17. She very much enjoyed playing in youth music ensembles in North Wales and in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, where she met one of her long standing teachers and fellow Welsh bass player, Richard Lewis. Laura studied a Bachelors in Music at the University of Nottingham before heading to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for a Masters, studying with Kevin Rundell. She had a successful freelance career before joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018, and then became a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in February 2020. Despite no longer living in Wales, she loves returning to perform with NEW Sinfonia, and is passionate about ongoing music provision in North Wales.
Mark has always been passionate about the arts and the third sector. He part-owns Chell Perkins Ltd, a company which exists to equip small to medium sized charities throughout the UK with practical fundraising support and training.
Mark is a strong believer in the universal language of music and that music in all forms should be accessible to everyone. Mark has a history of amateur songwriting and composing seeing his music being performed in an eclectic mix of venues - ranging from a Worcestershire Youth Music composition at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, to any open mic night that will accept him, to a profit making musical as part of his degree at the University of York. Since having children, he is now almost fully proficient at performing Disney classics and nursery rhymes to an audience of three.
Evrah is a poet, author, and activist who is proud of her Wrexham roots. Along with commissions for; NEW Sinfonia, BBC Sport Wales, BBC Sesh, Shelter Cymru and Chwarae Teg – Evrah has become a prominent voice in Wales, in both poetry circles and amongst those dedicated to social causes. Evrah has enjoyed residencies at both Ty Pawb, and Wrexham AFC and worked with a number of organisations and educational facilities including, local schools, Cell B, Coleg Cambria, HMP Berwyn and Glyndŵr University providing workshops to students and young people, to promote a positive sense of self and mental health wellbeing, using writing as an outlet of expression.
Tudur Eames is Creative Producer of Gwasanaeth Cerdd Ysgolion Gwynedd a Môn (Gwynedd and Anglesey Music Service), promoting and encouraging musical activity among the children and young people of the region. A professional harpist now living in Tremeirchron, he is passionate about the creative arts and education. Tudur is a fluent Welsh speaker.