We’re delighted to confirm that Miles Wallis-Clarke, who has served on SfP’s Board of Trustees since 2016, has now officially taken over as Chair from Stephen Gregson, who stepped down at the AGM in August after several years’ sterling service.
Miles has been involved with Sing for Pleasure since his secondary school days, when he was taught by Rosemary Millward (née Redding) who was at the time an SfP tutor and national committee member. As a sixth former, he attended a weekend training event in Malvern and then Summer School, where he made friendships that continue today almost 35 years later.
After obtaining a degree in Newcastle upon Tyne, Miles trained as a secondary music teacher at Durham. His career has included secondary, special and primary education and for the last 18 years he has been a primary head. He now leads Hotspur Primary in Newcastle, a Platinum Artsmark school where learning through, and in, the arts is central to the life of the school. He is passionate about the importance of singing in schools – and the role that SfP has in promoting this.
He currently chairs the Newcastle Cultural Education Partnership and sits on the boards of Culture Bridge North East and Music Partnership North Music Education Hub. He recently led the Concordia Vocal Project, a two year project to develop singing in primary schools funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation which had a strong Sing for Pleasure collaboration through the Vocal Leadership Training Programme. Miles regularly speaks on creativity and the curriculum at universities and conferences.
Miles is looking forward to working with the Management Team, other Trustees, tutors and members to help shape the next phase of the charity’s development, leading up to its 60th anniversary in 2024.