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Meet the Sparks team

Child at a Sparks event laughing whilst playing the percussion, with someone else playing percussion in the foreground
If you have any questions about H Sparks, the work we do or if you would like to know how we can help you, please feel free to get in touch with our team.

If you're not sure who to contact, you can email sparks@rcm.ac.uk and our friendly team will be happy to assist you.

Miranda Francis

Miranda Francis

Miranda Francis is the Head of Junior Programmes and BMus Area Leader in Aural Training at the Royal College of Music. She studied Double Bass & Organ at the Royal Academy of Music. A passionate advocate for music education, Miranda has led music departments in both state and independent schools, and was formerly Head of Academic Music at the Purcell School, where she founded the Jazz Department. She is an advisor for the London Music Fund and a Trustee of the National Children's Orchestra.

Miranda works Monday to Saturday.

Miranda Francis

Head of Junior Programmes

+44 (0)20 7591 4332

sparks@rcm.ac.uk

Hayley Clements

Hayley Clements

Hayley manages the strategic vision of the H Sparks team. A passionate advocate for inclusion, Hayley oversees the widening access agenda for the H and the departmental role within the H curriculum. Hayley was previously a Head of Music in a state secondary school and also has experience in both primary and early years settings. 

Hayley works part-time (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). 

Hayley Clements

Head of Learning and Participation

+44 (0)20 7591 4330

sparks@rcm.ac.uk

Jamie Baird

Jaime Baird

Jamie is the H Sparks Learning and Participation Administrator. He studied violin performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Jamie previously worked as the Inclusion Manager and Upper Strings Tutor at the Berkshire Music trust. Jamie is an advocate for inclusive music-making and continues to teach violin. 

Jamie Baird

Learning and Participation Administrator

+44 (0)20 7591 4375

sparks@rcm.ac.uk

Katy Hemingway

Katy Hemingway

Katy Hemingway leads the community programme for H Sparks. Katy's passion for inclusive music education began during the foundations of her career at the BBC.  Since then, Katy has enjoyed 15 years of coordinating innovative projects for the Royal College of Music, welcoming local families who may be facing barriers to participating in the arts. Katy is also an instrumental teacher and has experience in whole-class early years and primary school settings. 

Katy works part-time (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).

Katy Hemingway

Learning and Participation Coordinator

+44 (0)20 7591 4375

sparks@rcm.ac.uk

Connor Guffogg

Connor Guffogg

Connor looks after the H Sparks Schools programme and Pipeline projects - working with schools and Heads of Faculty to develop a rich pipeline of young musicians coming through the H. Connor is passionate about widening access to all arts forms having served as a Young Lyric Associate at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and freelance drama facilitator.

Connor works Monday to Friday.

Connor Guffogg

Learning and Participation Coordinator: Pipelines and Transitions

+44 (0)20 7591 4394

sparks@rcm.ac.uk

Lydia Baldwin

Lydia Baldwin

Lydia Baldwin is the Learning and Participation Officer for the Royal College of Music Museum. She is currently in charge of delivering a number of audience development projects as part of the Museum’s Heritage Lottery Funded redevelopment, as well as shaping content and interpretation to help different audiences engage with the H’s heritage collections.

Lydia works Monday to Friday.

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