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+Arts is an arts agency that runs alongside Warwickshire Music with the intention of offering schools quality curriculum enrichment programmes, using the highest quality, highly trained artists in any genre of artistic endeavour that schools may request

Fareed Siddiqui

Fareed Siddiqui - Director of Pandemonium & Pannissimo Steel Orchestras

Fareed has worked for Warwickshire Music for 9 years, having worked in business and marketing before changing career, and started playing steel pans at the age of 6 years old; thus amassing over 38 years of playing experience. Musical highlights have included performing in the Notting Hill and the Trinidad and Tobago Carnivals - the latter being where steel pans were invented. As an expert steel pan practitioner, Fareed has won the coveted 'Champions of Steel' UK competition on more than one occasion. As well as Plus Arts project leader Fareed is the also the musical director for Warwickshire Music steel orchestras Pandemonium and Pannissimo.


Kath Kimber-McTiffen - Dance

Kath has almost 20 years’ experience of working professionally as a dance practitioner. Her portfolio career has seen her work as a performer, touring across the UK, choreographer, teacher and mentor. She specialises in contemporary, creative dance and physical theatre, working in both primary and secondary schools and across the community. She has experience of teaching a wide range of ages and abilities from Early Years and Primary education to under-graduate students. Kath has also taught, GCSE and A Level Dance and on the BA (hons) degree at Coventry University. Kath delivers mentoring and training for teachers and graduate dance students, alongside intensive projects in schools, developing themes closely related to the curriculum to enhance learning, as well as devising performances for children and young people.


Claire Honey - World Music

Claire Honey has spent all of her working life delivering music education to young people. A graduate from Birmingham Conservatoire, Claire’s teaching career has ranged from ‘A’ Level Music right down to Baby song classes for toddlers. With over twenty years of experience in the classroom, world music instruments have proved invaluable for bringing high energy, exciting activities to youngsters alongside their learning of ensemble and performance skills. Claire is passionate about making music accessible for all abilities and age groups and delivers samba and djembe workshops across the county.


Jake Wilson - Song writer and composer of All's Well

After training as a classical violinist and piano player, Jake went to India to study the sitar. He then focused his attention on the guitar, inspired particularly by the playing of British folk-rock pioneer, Richard Thompson. Jake Wilson is now a folk-rock guitarist and songwriter in the Richard Thompson mould. As well as performing his own material, Jake currently plays with ex-Fairport Convention folk fiddle legend, Dave Swarbrick, who has described him as “one of the best guitarists and songwriters around today”. He has led many school workshops based around his extraordinary personal musical exploration and journey in the footsteps of Captain Scott and the ill fated Antarctica expedition of 1912.

John Rushton

John Ruston - Music Technology

John had extensive experience as a composer and teacher for music and music technology courses in FE before joining Warwickshire Music. He is able to support all aspects of music technology in schools and deliver music technology programmes in a variety of educational settings. He regularly visits Warwickshire schools to advsie on music technology resources and best practice. John supported music technology teaching at Harris School last year and is currently preparing an innovative music technology programme for LAC in addition to teaching 1:1 at Avon Park, a special education school.


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The children and staff were delighted with the Samba music experience they were lucky enough to take part in recently and would happily recommend the workshop to others.

The pace of the session was fast but thanks to the workshop leader, instructions were clear and simple therefore every child was able to achieve and rapidly move on. My children delighted in trying all instruments and mastering them within moments because of the quality of teaching. The Samba workshop really is something everybody should experience and brings together shared learning through entertainment and experience. We can’t wait for the next one!


 A very uplifting and energetic way to learn and a fabulous way to learn music, whilst promoting teamwork.

I’ve never seen my children so engaged yet making so much noise!

Jane Moore, Deputy Head
Woodloes Primary School