Chris Beck (Artistic Director)
As a professional actor, singer and musician, Chris has enjoyed a varied and successful career in theatre, television and the performing arts. He worked in Children’s Theatre (including Theatre in Education) and H.M. Prisons. Performing in Plays and Stage Musicals including the award winning musicals ‘Barnum’, Les Miserables and Guys and Dolls, he has appeared at the RSC, National Theatre, London Palladium, The Albert Hall and O2 Arena, and in numerous touring theatre productions (including Delphi and Austria). Other work includes: Television sit coms, comedy sketch shows (writing and performing), Presenting, Radio, voice overs and television commercials. Chris worked in Children’s Television for CITV, S4C Wales and the BBC (Where he can still be seen most days on CBeebies as Milo the Tweenie!) It was working with the Poet Tony Harrison that inspired Chris to write and as a singer-songwriter, Chris has released two albums.
Steve Redfearn (Studio Director/Engineer) is the owner of the Rockhopper, a fully equipped professional mobile recording studio based in a 1963 Airstream Caravan.
He is an experienced sound engineer, musician and producer. Previously, Steve worked at a senior level in the food industry, including setting up and running his own highly successful ingredients business.
He is experienced in strategic planning, finance, training and development.
Helen Sheppard (Television & Video Production) has directed and produced children’s programmes for BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and S4C, both on location and in multi-camera studios. Projects include Tweenies, Show Me Show Me, Something Special, Minibeast Adventures with Jess, Fimbles, Cbeebies Panto, Strictly Cinderella, Jim Jam & Sunny, Numberjacks, Justin’s House and Hi 5.
Her work has involved live action, animatronics, skins, puppets and animation.
Christopher Baines (Television & Video Production) works as a freelance photographer, taking TV production stills for BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
Formerly an actor with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, he turned to working behind the camera as a director and cameraman after attending a course at the National Film and Television School. He has directed short films for Sony Pictures, Intel, NHS and Oxford Contemporary Music.
Amanda Beck (Creative Director) is a freelance Artist and Tutor.
Since graduating in Illustration from Anglia Ruskin University in 1992 she has gained a wide range of skills and experience within the arts from regularly exhibiting, teaching in schools, art centres and museums to running a popular and successful Art Studio offering young people mentoring, holiday workshops and after school clubs. Since 2011 she has delivered regular art workshops for the Ashmolean Museum's educational programme. In her role as an Arts Award Advisor for Song Unite she is responsible for the planning, delivery and the evaluation of student’s Arts Awards along with preparing work for moderation for Trinity College in London. Song Unite has a 100% success rate with students who have taken the award.
Mike Hirst OBE (Consultant) retired from a successful career in Education in August 2011 after 31 years in the teaching profession. Having initially qualified in Physical Education at Leeds, he went on to work with young people with special learning, physical and behavioural needs. He was appointed Deputy Head at a residential special school aged 29 and second Deputy Headship at a nursery through to secondary special school in 1990. Mike was then appointed as Head Teacher at Ravenscliffe High, Halifax in 1994 where he began transforming the school through many successful curricular, staffing, training and building initiatives. The school was among the first to achieve Sports College status in 2007 and as Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College, was included in the Ofsted publication ‘Twelve Outstanding Special Schools’ two years later, following three outstanding inspections. The school’s positive reputation further extended into the areas of Music and Performance, achieving local and national Music for Youth Awards.
Mike was awarded an OBE for Services to Education in 2013
Clem Cattini (Patron) is a Drummer and founder member of The Tornados (Telstar). He is one of the most prolific drummers in the UK and as a session drummer, he has played on many recordings and with many well known Artists and Bands. To date, he has featured on over 45 number one hit singles. Please click on Clem’s name link to read more about this extremely kind and talented man including his Lifetime achievement Award. CLEM CATTINI
Barnaby Beck rightly deserves a place on our Team page.
A song writing experience with his Father, (Chris) was the inspiration behind Song Unite and since then, Barnaby has become an important part of the Song Unite Team. He is a full time Student, drummer/percussionist, a member of the Musician’s Union, takes part in many Theatre, Art, Music and Dance activities and has achieved his Bronze Arts Award with Song Unite. He often gigs ‘live’ and he enjoys life to the full.
To read the Song Unite story, please click on this link.
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Mike even managed to make the Queen laugh. When Her Majesty suggested to him that his job must be hard work, Mike replied “ I guess it’s a little like your own work Ma’am - every day is different.“