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We are delighted and thrilled that John has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to Birmingham's Music Service and in his role as Chair of MTW's Trustees on the New Year Honours list 2016.   

Born and educated in Birmingham, John Clemson studied to diploma level at Birmingham School of Music (now Birmingham Conservatoire) with the 'cello as his main instrument. He then gained a Cert Ed and combined a career as a' cello teacher, initially with Solihull Music Service, with work as a freelance musician. John moved from Solihull to Birmingham Music Service in 1976 and continued as a 'cello teacher and added double bass. He introduced minibass teaching to the City and has many ex pupils, both 'cello and double bass, active as players and teachers.

He has held a number of managerial posts in Birmingham at increasing levels of responsibility from 1991 and was Head of Service from March 2000 to August 2014. The Birmingham Music Service HMI/OFSTED inspection took place in March 2001 and from the report - "The Birmingham Music Service has strong management and is well led by the Head of Service, an established tutor and highly regarded in this new role".

During his time as Head of Service the numbers of pupils supported each week by the Music Service increased fourfold and is now in excess of 33,000.

John was a nationally elected representative for five years, and then Secretary, of the Federation of Music
Services. He was also Chair of the British Suzuki Institute School Committee for ten years. He is a governor of two primary schools and sits on a number of other management and advisory boards. He has been a Trustee of Music Therapy Works since it was founded in 2000.

John was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Birmingham Conservatoire in June 2007 and the MBE in the New Year Honours List 2016.



Allan is a retired Social Worker having spent his career in Adult Mental Health. His final position was as Social Care Director for an NHS Trust. As well as his Social Work qualifications Allan also holds a Masters degree in Organisational Development. He is committed to a "strengths" approach which involves focussing on individual's abilities rather than any disability. He is hopeful that he will be able to widen his interests now he is retired.

Allan was previously Chairman of Worcester City Mind.

Allan enjoys walking in the countryside and has an allotment where he regularly grows a fine crop of weeds! He also tries to keep fit. Allan describes himself as a "musical illiterate" but he does enjoy Morris dancing.



Andrea is a retired Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser having spent her whole professional life in the accountancy profession. Andrea’s last position was as a Managing Director in Deloitte Hong Kong, having previously been a partner in Deloitte’s Birmingham office. Andrea’s specialism was corporate taxation and she has advised a wide number of multinational and domestic companies of all sizes.
Andrea also holds a first class degree in Business Operation & Control from the University of Salford.
During her time as a partner with Deloitte in Birmingham, Andrea helped with fundraising for the Birmingham Women’s Hospital, a cause close to her heart as her three children were all born there. Andrea gained recognition for her work with a local award.
In 2015 Andrea gained her Grade 8 in classical guitar and is a member of the Central England Guitar Ensemble which hold concerts for charity around the West Midlands. Andrea enjoys attending various school and CBSO Youth Chorus concerts as all three of her children are keen singers.


Rachel was born and educated in Worcester where music played a huge part in her early life. She began singing and playing the piano at the age of 6 and she played for her first church service at the age of 10 under the watchful eye of her organist Father on the organ bench.

Rachel went on to train as a classical singer and pianist at the London College of Music, winning the Directors prize for her performances of Mozart. In 1997 she trained as a music therapist at Anglia Ruskin University. Post qualification she worked extensively in both the NHS and educational settings in the fields of learning disability and mental health.

In 2008, Rachel joined the National Star College in Cheltenham, setting up two new education and therapy provisions for young people with profound and multiple learning disability and autism. In 2014 she was appointed Head of Victoria College in Birmingham, a new service for young people with complex medical and learning needs.

Rachel is also a qualified Intensive Interaction practitioner, trainer and mentor.



John is Emeritus Professor of Music History at the University of Birmingham. He has published the books Duet and Dialogue in the Age of Monteverdi (UMI), Monteverdi, 'Orfeo' (Cambridge University Press), and Monteverdi, Vespers (1610) (Cambridge University Press). With Richard Wistreich (Newcastle University), he more recently published The Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi (Cambridge University Press).

John is currently working on a project with colleagues at Heidelberg and Rome, and with former students now lecturing on music at universities in Greece, to produce an online series of editions of Italian vocal music from the first half of the seventeenth century. He is also currently working on a bibliographical study of Monteverdi's Selva morale e spirituale (1641). His edition of the second book of madrigals (1640) by Giovanni Rovetta (Monteverdi's assistant choirmaster at St. Mark's Venice) is available online (www.ascima.bham.ac.uk) and may be freely downloaded for study and performance.

John has worked extensively with Anthony Rooley, Emma Kirkby and The Consort of Musicke, particularly on their series of recordings of Monteverdi madrigals, and with The King's Consort and The Sixteen on recordings of Monteverdi's sacred music. For five years he was co-editor of the Oxford Journal Music & Letters and remains a member of its editorial board.

John supervised one of the first undergraduate dissertations in the UK on Music Therapy and also supported Eleanor Tingle in the establishment of a successful 3rd year undergraduate Music Therapy course at the University of Birmingham.


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