• Meet the board of trustees

Liz Blackford

Liz Blackford MA (Cantab) L.T.C.L.  P.G.C.E.

Graduating from Cambridge with a music degree in 1993, Liz developed a particular interest in classroom music teaching and especially with the early years of Primary School age children. She has been Head of Music at The New Beacon, Sevenoaks since 2008, and Junior Music Specialist there since 1995. Prior to this she was Head of Music at The Granville School, Sevenoaks. She has a passion for using and adapting the Kodály approach to music teaching and is completing a PhD which is investigating the potential benefits of this approach to learning music and its possible effects on other cognitive abilities.


The Board of Trustees

Stevie Higgins

Stevie studied at Oxford University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio in London and is now a conductor and pianist, working with the UK’s major opera houses including Glyndebourne, ROH, ENO and Scottish Opera. Passionate about music education, he has worked as a performer and conductor with Kidenza since its inception.




Barbara Stilwell

Barbara has a background in nursing, psychology and education and is passionate about music. She recently headed a global campaign called ‘Nursing Now’ and she brings very valuable skills to the board, including management, teaching, networking and communication.



Simon Daniels

Simon joined the Kidenza Board in January 2021.  After a false start on the recorder in Year 3, Simon studied the trumpet at school and then read music at the University of Edinburgh.  After graduating, he completed postgraduate research into Italian sacred music at the University of Birmingham.  Professionally, Simon has spent his career in arts fundraising, particularly at Historic Royal Palaces where he is Head of Development.  As a beneficiary of free music lessons at school and of the opportunities presented by many youth ensembles in his native North Tyneside, Simon is passionate about helping young people access and enjoy classical music.

Tim Barber-Lomax

Tim plays piano and trombone and is passionate about helping young people have access to music just like he did.


Oliver Dixon

Oliver is a primary school teacher working at Chailey Heritage – a non-maintained, Ofsted awarded ‘Outstanding’ special school for children and young people from nursery age up to 19 with complex neuro-disabilities, high health needs, sensory impairments, and associated learning difficulties.

Oliver’s experience of working in this environment is a huge asset to Kidenza and vital in helping us to make live orchestral music accessible to everyone

Partnerships and Supporters

  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Artsmark
  • Music Mark
  • Art Council
  • Sigred Rausing Trust
  • Ann Bryant
  • BBC Ten Pieces

Contact Us

Telephone: 01732 362820

Email: education@kidenza.co.uk

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