Musicians / Vocalists

Benedict Heaney – Multi-instrumentalist, Vocalist, Teacher from Oxfordshire

Benedict Heaney & A professional multi-instrumentalist & vocalist from Oxfordshire delivering enthusiastically and overwhelmingly positively received performances for the broadest age range, across the spectrum of ability, needs and experience. Ben is constantly amazed that what started as a simple interest and enthusiasm for violin, prompted by the local violin teacher saying in school assembly, “hands up who wants to learn violin,” has been a constant in his career. He has been involved with music making for as long as he can remember, starting with violin lessons about aged 6 and within a couple of years piano and trumpet lessons too. He quickly became fully immersed in the local, county and then national youth music scene and continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating in 1993 with a special interest in electric violin he immersed himself in the music scene in Manchester and worked with the broadest range of musicians from a diverse cross-section of musical society. After successfully completing a PGCE course at the Manchester Metropolitan University he gained Qualified Teacher Status in 1998 and the following year moved to Abingdon working for Maestros (formerly the Berkshire Young Musician’s Trust). In 2001, he was offered a full-time teaching post at Cokethorpe School where he went on to become their Music Leader and Performing Arts Co-ordinator. Since 2014 he has launched his own company to publish educational resources and original music and work primarily as a self-employed musician serving the community across a very […]

Kate Schutt – Award-winning Songwriter, Singer, Guitarist; Tedx Speaker

Kate Schutt – Kate Schutt is an award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist, and producer whose voice NPR calls “glassily clear and glossily sweet.” Kate studied the influence of jazz on poetry at Harvard, and studied jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music. Working with legendary producer/arranger Rob Mounsey, Kate just finished recording her new album, Bright Nowhere. It maps the landscape of loss around her mother’s diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer. Kate spent four years as her mom’s primary caregiver, along the way writing songs about life, loss, and (to use Christopher Hitchens’s potent phrase) “living dyingly.” Known for her authenticity and deep connection to her fans, Kate’s been blogging about this life/death experience from the start. Kate’s songs have won top honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ASCAP. After nearly a decade living and making music in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, she now calls New York City home. The talk, “A Grief Casserole – How to help your friends & family through loss,” was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Her new album, Bright Nowhere, was just released in November. Kate continues to provide virtual concerts, songwriting lessons, life coaching and more. CONTACT:

Alan Mann – Pianist, Vocalist, Senior Entertainer from the U.K.

Alan Mann Alan Mann studied classical piano as a child, playing piano and singing songs from musicals with his mother. He remembers that one Christmas his Aunt and Uncle bought him a huge box of second hand Juke Box records. He thought this to be an unusual gift but these records introduced him to lots of different music and he played them for many years. At 15 he bought his first Roland electronic piano and started entertaining at the age of 17 when he joined his first pop covers band. Alan was entertaining in the Social Clubs and Miners Welfares in and around Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Living in Yorkshire became difficult so he re-located to Suffolk in the mid-eighties where after ten years working as an engineer he became a training instructor in the engineering sector. There he continued with his musical pastime playing piano with various bands entertaining at weddings and celebrations as well as working with a popular sixties band at theaters throughout East Anglia. In 2017, Alan Mann took an opportunity for early retirement and began singing as a solo artist entertaining in the Care Home settings. Here, Alan found that his musical talents were very much appreciated along with his easy-going friendly personality. Visiting the residential homes and spending time with residents and staff has given him a new direction in life, which he hopes to continue with for many years to come. During the pandemic Alan has continued to provide his entertainment by maintaining contact with […]

Nick DeMatteo – Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer & More…..

Nick DeMatteo – Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer & More….. A singer, songwriter, a film, stage, voice & commercial actor; multi-instrumentalist, music producer & recording engineer; podcaster, and a film director & producer – Nick lives to create and perform.  He was born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in South Jersey’s famed Camden County.  He attended Rutgers University, where he majored in Acting & Music. In 2000, he moved to NYC, and has lived there ever since. He has three children, all of whom are totes awesome and brilliant and funny.

Tina Salerno Torch Singer, Disco Survivor and Singer of Stoop Songs

Tina Salerno – Tina Salerno began singing in her local church folk mass group in the late 60’s. Singing was and is a joy to her and she is thankful to still be able to share  it! The late 60’s gave way to the 70’s music of Top 40 and disco.  She worked in several bands comprised of great musicians that are still at work in their craft. Those were fun musical decades for the theatrics of the disco genre, especially the clothing! For her, music and singing during the 80’s and 90’s required some adaption. She worked full time in a medical center in Brooklyn, NY. Her weekends were spent in wedding bands, street fairs and DJ gigs. During the early 2000’s she was doing local restaurants a couple of times a month, strolling and singing soft ballads, jazz, standards.  And if the establishment had the room, folks danced.  It was great to make a connection to people through music and song. For many years, she was honored to be asked to sing the National Anthem at the graduations of colleges at Carnegie Hall. In 2016 she retired from my 35-year “day” gig and left Brooklyn for North Carolina.  Since moving here, she has come to use her singing skills for events for the local American Legion post, a women’s club of which she is a member, her local church’s 55 and over group luncheon events, and the local assisted living facility. During the covid-19 pandemic (in better weather) […]

Inês Delgado – Violinist Performer, Educator & Community Music Facilitator

Inês Delgado Inês’ Delgado’s greatest purpose is to explore how music can help, empower and inspire others. Her passion is to design and offer meaningful musical experiences – performances, teaching and workshops – based on her strong belief that music has the power to enhance people’s health, wellbeing, happiness and confidence. With a classical music training from the Royal College of Music in London, where she completed her Bachelor and Masters Degrees, Inês has an extensive performance experience, being particularly passionate about orchestra and chamber music playing. Her many successes as a classical violinist include: being a 2020/2021 Foyle Future First violinist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (London); ongoing trial with the Ulster Orchestra (Ireland) for the position of second violin Section Leader; being awarded a place at the English National Opera Evolve Scheme; and various performances at some of the most prestigious venues in France (Arc du Triomphe and Opera Comique), Israel (Tel-Aviv Opera House), Portugal (Casa da Música and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian), and the UK (including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place and Royal Festival Hall). Her devotion to making music accessible to all and her passion for empowering others through musical activities, took Inês into a new adventure in her musical journey: the world of community music. To her, community music is about leading fun, inclusive and empowering musical experiences; inspiring others to use music as a tool for self- discovery and self-development; and creating an exciting and supportive community brought together by their love for […]

Glenn Bassett – Creator of TeaTime Tunes – Engaging Those with Memory Loss

Glenn Bassett – Creator of TeaTime Tunes – Creator of TeaTime Tunes – Engaging Those with Memory Loss Glenn Bassett, also known as ‘My Mate George’ lives in London, England and plays guitar and sings. His job since 2012 has been leading music sessions for people with dementia and their carers. They are energetic groups, and there is always plenty of dancing — it’s like a big party. He has over 2000 songs in his repertoire and can usually oblige any style. And if he doesn’t know it, I’ll go and learn it! Glenn Bassett created Teatime Tunes’, a brilliant idea to help engage and foster positive behaviors from those suffering memory loss and dementia. The components that make it compelling include: Regularity and timing. With routine clearly very important in dementia care, especially with most real-life services now cancelled, he sets a regular time for videos to be released. 3pm each day in the UK timed a mid-afternoon snack time: not too soon after lunch, but it’s still relatively light outside, and can provide some stimulation during the day which should aid sleep at night. He wanted it to be every day, as there are too many services that simply don’t exist at weekends or on Bank Holidays, and carers can be at a loss for ways to engage their loved ones at those times. The videos are also a maximum of ten minutes long. Attention spans can be short in dementia, but also, for carers to engage their loved […]

Stephanie Ann Ball – Concert Curator & Lyric Coloratura Soprano

Stephanie Ann Ball – Concert Curator & Lyric Coloratura Soprano Stephanie Ann Ball is a lyric coloratura soprano who is swiftly taking her place in the world of classical music with her warm, strong, lyric voice. As a highly sought after concert artist and curator, she has performed on stages alongside world-renowned composers such as the award-winning Mark Hayes, and the composer of the highly acclaimed new opera, Rider’s of The Purple Sage – Craig Bohmler. Following a recent collaboration, Mr. Bohmler said this of Ms. Ball’s work: “I worked with Stephanie for the first time where [we] did a concert of varied repertoire in Mesa AZ. I found her an incisive and committed performer who was easy to follow and whose mellifluous voice certainly touched her audience. I was pleased at her facility with many styles from Strauss to Spiritual.” Ms. Ball has been invited to perform as a guest artist on concert series across the country including St. Peter’s Cathedral in Mansfield, OH, the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, CO, and has commanded the stage of the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado as a soloist for the Colorado Council of Churches. Equally comfortable in the oratorio repertoire, Ms. Ball’s credits include appearances as the soloist for Mozart’s Requiem with the Bach Society of St. Louis, Handel’s Messiah with the Voices West Chorale, Songs of the Slave with the Larimer Chorale, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël with First Presbyterian Church of Rapid City, Vaughan Williams’ […]

Michael Krieger – Guitarist, Vocalist, Pianist Specializing in Alzheimer’s

Michael Krieger – Guitarist, Vocalist, Pianist Specializing in Alzheimer’s A singer/songwriter who has been earning his living as a musician in southeastern Michigan since 1992, he accompanies himself on piano, guitar and ukulele, Michael writes and sings songs that tickle the funny bone, touch the heart, stir the conscience and raise the spirit. For over twenty years, Michael has been working musically with individuals affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia, offering online and in-person sessions for assisted living facilities and private clients.  Michael is passionate about combining his musical gifts and a caring heart to lift up older people, particularly those dealing with memory loss.

Hedges Capers and Nancy Locke Capers – Recording, Television, Theater Stars

Hedges Capers and Nancy Locke Capers Hedges Capers has seven albums to his name and is a recording artist, performer and playwright who was signed by Capitol Records. His television performances include The Tonight Show, The Smothers Brothers Show, The Steve Allen Show, The Della Reese Show, The Midnight Special and numerous others. He has performed at the Greek Theater, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, O’Keefe Center and others. Hedges is also an experienced behavioral corporate consultant. Nancy Locke Capers is an actress with roles in over 523 films (Pretty Woman, Dead & Buried, Exit to Eden, Dead Man Walking, etc.). She guest starred in episodic television series, commercials and theater in Los Angeles. She is a Theater Director and former Artistic Director of the Alliance Theater Company in LA. She has wrote and sold two screenplays to Paramount Pictures and Vantage Films. She co-wrote with Hedges and also directed the musical “The Geeze & Me” – a musical about aging. By the way for her “day” job she is a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in the state of California.