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Who we are

Founders

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Adèle Drake

Co-Founder and Trustee

In establishing three Drake Music UK charities, Adèle pioneered the widening of musical possibilities for disabled people through the game-changing use of technology.  In 2010, with composer Joel Cahen, Adèle established Liquid Vibrations (now Liquid Listening)  and remains a trustee.

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Joel Cahen

Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Joel specialises in recording and designing sound for film, dance, theatre, radio and art productions. Wet Sounds is Joel’s acclaimed project producing underwater sound installations at swimming pools internationally since 2008.  Joel is the creator of We're All Bats, an online and on-site listening arts workshop series.

Practitioners

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Helena Eflevora

Aquatic Practitioner

Helena Eflerová is a dedicated professional multidisciplinary artist and aquatic specialist, with over sixteen years’ experience in the arts for health and education industries. She has a proven track record of success, which includes productions, teaching and therapy in the region leading charities. She has created projects for diverse inter-generational and marginalised communities in Universities, Museums, Cathedrals and Galleries in the UK and abroad. She is a founder of HE AQUATICS that offer services of Aquatic Bodywork Floatation Therapy, Aquatic Contact Improvisation Dance, Yoga and Swimming. 

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Steph Hodgson

Aquatic Therapist and Craniosacral Therapist

Steph's background is in Emergency Nursing, where she worked as a Nurse Practitioner. She learnt there about managing every kind of stress, trauma, illness, and every type of response to these situations. Steph trained in Craniosacral Therapy after experiencing the work while looking after a friend with cancer, and observing the profound effect it had on the whole family. Cranial work taught her about the impact that our experiences have on us throughout our lives, and in particular about how we hold these in our bodies.

Read an article about Steph Hodgson and her pathway into Musical Hydrotherapy here​.

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Kamila Janiak

Aquatic Practitioner

Kamila is an aquatic bodyworker. Her work is based on WATSU , Water Dance, and Halliwick concepts. She is a recognized practitioner at the World Aquatic Bodywork Association. Her work balances bodywork and therapy where she explores the natural wisdom of self-healing by dropping into a state of deep relaxation in warm water. She also teaches swimming and works with people who fear the water. She enjoys running workshops for Liquid Listening bringing all her knowledge into disabled schools.

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Lawrence Bradshaw

Music Consultant

Lawrence is a passionate music and sound specialist with 12 years of SEND music teaching experience. Always trying to come up with new and exciting ways for children and young adults to access music and thrive with sound, Lawrence currently works as a consultant for Liquid Listening and as a recording studio manager

Staff

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Judith Robinson

Executive Director

Judith Robinson is an experienced arts professional with creative flair and a passion for achieving social justice through engagement in the arts, especially music. She was Head of Education at Sound and Music for more than a decade, and alongside her role at Liquid Listening, she now works as a consultant for music and music education organisations, including Southbank Centre, London Sinfonietta and Awards for Young Musicians. Judith is also Chair of the local governing body for Gladstone Park Primary School in Brent, London.

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Alice Walton

Marketing and Communications Manager

Alice has more than 20 years’ experience working in arts marketing and audience engagement. She was Marketing Director at the Philharmonia Orchestra for 15 years and Communications Director at Britten Sinfonia from 2018-22, as the orchestra was significantly increasing its commitment to partnership-based work in local education and therapeutic settings. Alongside her role at Liquid Listening, she manages a secondary school wellbeing hub and is a volunteer Brownie Leader.

Trustees

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Clare Smith

Chair

Clare is a disabled composer and musician with a wealth of experience of working in the charity and arts sector including for Drake Music,  as a freelance consultant and as CEO of Sound It Out Community Music.

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Mike Bettridge

Trustee

Mike has been a Trustee for Liquid LIstening (and previously, Liquid Vibrations), since 2014. A registered chartered accountant, he provides financial support and advice on a pro bono basis.  

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Hannah Bujic

Trustee

Hannah Bujic is Co-Head of Artist Development at Sound and Music, the UK's national organisation for new music. She has led the development and launch of the Fair Access Principles, a code of best practice for running inclusive artist development programmes, with over 30 organisations now signed up to the

network in the UK, and leads the New Voices programme which provides funding, coaching and training for music creators producing adventurous new work across all genres.

In her previous role at the London Sinfonietta she produced events at festivals including Aldeburgh, Latitude, Adelaide and Warsaw Autumn. She is passionate about supporting artists at all stages of their careers, and making opportunities inclusive for anyone to create and experience music.

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Duncan Chapman

Trustee

Duncan is a composer and sound artist who regularly works with leading music organisations throughout the world.

He is a contributor to courses at

De Montfort and York Universities.

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Lorna Crust

Trustee

Lorna trained as a PE teacher:  swimming, and anything to do with being in the water has always been her passion. She has been teaching for over 30 years in special needs schools in the South East and the introduction of musical hydrotherapy has been an amazing addition to the swim programmes she manages.

Lorna's swim school, Aquakids,  celebrates 30 years in 2024 and she has 850 swimmers attending weekly lessons. She is a Swim England Tutor training swim teachers and, also founder of The Virtual Pool,  a support network delivering free workshops to teachers.

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Rebecca Johnson

Trustee

Rebecca is a Communications Director and ICF-accredited Coach who has worked internationally in the private sector for her entire career.  In a number of roles, Rebecca has been accountable for Corporate Responsibility, Sponsorships and Environmental, Social & Governance aspects of business.  As a Trustee, she offers her expertise in Marketing, Communications and Brand as it is helpful to this cause, and brings insight into how corporates engage with the third sector, what needs they have, and how these are evolving to the mutual benefit of companies and charities. 

Rebecca is a long-term supporter of the work of Adele Drake, Liquid Listening’s co-founder.  She lives in North Yorkshire, and can often be found walking the Dales in her free time. 

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Ian Lush

Trustee

Ian Lush began his career as a viola-player in the Iceland Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, before moving into arts management, including as Marketing Director of the Barbican Centre and Managing Director of the London Mozart Players. From 2003-14 he was Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund, during which time he was also Director of Discovering Places, one of the major projects of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and Lead Governor of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

 

Since 2014 Ian Lush has been Chief Executive of Imperial Health Charity, supporting five hospitals in West London, and from 2020 Chairman of NHS Charities Together. Ian was awarded an OBE for charitable services to the NHS in the 2020 New Year’s Honours’ List.

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Janet Tyson

Trustee

Janet is an experienced SME HR Director with more than 20 years’ experience. She has the knowledge and experience of business planning and strategy, people management and organisational development with financial oversight. Known for the ability to challenge and advise and help to reach balanced judgements, she is very adept at listening, empathising, and establishing trusted relationships whilst being skilled and discreet throughout any issues in line with company culture and values.

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