Board Members

Sarah Hennessy Chair

  Main Responsibilities 

  • Chairing committee members and general overseeing of the work of the committee
  • Organising the Summer School
  • Promoting the Orff Approach through writing and teaching

Contact Information 

sarah@orff.org.uk


How did I become involved?

Having spend the first five years of my teaching career as a secondary music teacher I then reinvented myself as an advisory teacher for primary music mainly working with class teachers. This led me to attend various courses - the best and most influential for me was the Orff Summer School in York 1991. Now that I am a trainer of teachers, at Exeter University, I have found the Orff Approach to be the most valuable and appropriate way of working with both specialists and generalists. The courses run by the society renew my own practice and keep me in touch with the national and international Orff community. 

Kate Buchanan Orff Times, Editor

  Main Responsibilities 

  • Editor of the Orff Times
  • Course Tutor

Contact Information

kate@orff.org.uk

How did I become involved?

Having taught music for a couple of years, I knew that I wanted children to have a creative input into their music making through improvisation. So it was fortunate that Marjorie Ayling who had been involved with Orff Schulwerk since the early 1960s, suggested I might like to join an introductory Orff course. In 1982, I undertook a year-long par-time course at Southlands College and was fortunate to be taught by Margaret Murray, Francine Watson Colman and Anne Woolfe-Skinner. 

During the eighties I taught many different age groups and levels of experience ranging from adult musicianship and flute classes, inter-generational community work and all kinds of classroom work across the primary age range and applied the principles of Orff Schulwerk in all these settings. In the nineties I worked with orchestral musicians, teachers and students in a wide range of projects many of which focused on composition and improvisation alongside skill development which I believe is central to Orff Schulwerk. 

It wasn't until 1995 that I re-joined the Society and became a member of the committee taking the role of Chair between 200-2007. 

I currently work at the Royal Northern College of Music where I introduced a module entitled: Orff Schulwerk: its growth and practice in the UK, Europe and beyond from 1960s to the present day. I am working on a biography of Margaret Murray which is drawing on interviews with Margaret and many of the colleagues she worked with through the 1960's, 70s and 80s to the present day both in the UK and beyond. 

In March 2013, the Orff Society UK had an exciting opportunity to present a short presentation of Orff's Schulwerk at the South Bank Centre, London. I was invited to introduce the children's performances and place it in context of the year-long festival based on Alex Ross' book 'The Rest is Noise.'

Orff Times Vol. 4 No 1. November 1982: article about the Southlands Course with a photo which includes me on page 1. 


Sue Forrest Membership Secretary

  Main Responsibilities 

  • Keep updated records of membership welcoming new members
  • Arranges printing and distributing of Orff Times each quarter
  • Attends and contributes to committee meetings and communicating with other committee members on society business as necessary 
  • Coordinates Summer School 2013 by updating records of applicants and participants, dealing with enquiries and meeting and greeting at the summer school

Contact Information 

membership@orff.org.uk

How did I become involved?

I took my 'Music Teachers Certificate' (the equivalent of today's Post Graduate Certificate of Education) at the Institute of Education in 1970. After a few years I wanted to update my music teaching skills and so I attended a week long Orff Summer School course held in Wimbledon . This 'caught' me and so, throughout my teaching life I continued to attend Orff Courses for development and inspiration. When I retired I wanted to give something back to the society as a 'thank you' and so volunteered to be Membership Secretary when the position became vacant. 

Nadja Kraft

 
Main Responsibilities

  • Advocacy work
  • Leading workshops  

Contact Information 


nadja@orff.org.uk

How did I become involved?

I completed the Bachelor and Master Programme “Elementary Music and Dance Education” at the Orff-Institute in Salzburg, department for Music and Dance Education at the University “Mozarteum”. During my Master Programme I went to Helsinki, Finland, for 2 years to be an Exchange Student at the Department for Music Education at “Sibelius Academy”, and studied with Soili Perkiö from the Orff Society Finland”Jasesoi”. When I moved to London, I found out about the Orff Society UK and got in touch with Margaret Murray to see what sort of Music and Movement Education is going on in this country. I’m a member on the Committee and was teaching “Music in Action”, a music club for 4-5 year olds, at the Sunflower Montessori School in Twickenham for the past 2 years. I am currently on Maternity Leave but will be back to teaching soon and am looking to set up some Orff style Music and Movement Classes in the North West area of London.

Wendy Lampa

  Main Responsibilities

  • Hosting Orff Society committe meetings, on behalf of Schott Music, at Great Marlborough Street
  • Informing the committee of Schott plans relating to Orff-Schulwerk publications
  • Prsenting publishing proposals from Orff Society members to Schott international publishing committee
  • Liaising with editor of Orff Times regarding contributions (e.g. advertisements for Schott publications)

Contact Information

wendy@orff.org.uk


How did I Become Involved?

I became involved with the Orff Society through working as Educational Music Editor, and now as Head of International Publishing at Schott Music. I have a particular interest in music education. Having studied German and Music at London University, I continued to study at Trinity College, London, most recently completing the Fellowship Diploma in Music Education (FMusEdTCL). During the course of my studies I researched different approaches to music education, including Orff-Schulwerk, Suzuki, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Kodaly. I have participated in many courses including two one-week Orff-Schulwerk courses in Germany, whilst teaching at the German School in London. It is a great privilege to represent Schott at the American Orff-Schulwerk Association convention each year and Orff Forum events in Salzburg to promote the original Orff-Schulwerk materials as well as our new publications. It is motivating and inspiring to meet dedicated teachers and musicians from around the world.