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Shake It Up - Star Judges Confirmed

15th February 2018

Shake It Up, the music competition for schools that encourages teachers to make the most of their Schools Printed Music Licence, is delighted to announce its panel of judges. 

Shake It Up, the arranging competition for Schools, hosted by Printed Music Licensing Ltd (PMLL), is pleased to confirm its judging panel. The competition invites music teachers to make the most of their Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) and submit a unique arrangement for the chance to win £700 worth of music resources, and now the opportunity to meet our fantastic judging panel at our prize-giving ceremony on 10 May. Any music teacher engaged in supporting music education at licensed school can enter, including peripatetic teachers and those based at a local Music Hub or Instrumental Service. Find out more about the competition and how to apply. 

Collectively, the panel brings a variety of experience from across the music industry to the judging process: YolanDa Brown, premier saxophonist and composer, the first musician to win a MOBO award for 'Best Jazz' in two consecutive years, and recently appointed Chair of Youth Music; Chrissy Kinsella, CEO of the London Music Fund and a mentor for Arts Emergency; Alex Stevens, Editor of Music Teacher magazine; Richard King, CEO of Faber Music Ltd and Chair of PMLL; and Jane Dyball, CEO of the MPA Group of companies. Find out more about our esteemed judges below.

Shake It Up remains open for entries until 16 March. 



YolanDa Brown is an award-winning saxophonist and broadcaster. Her music is a delicious fusion of jazz, reggae and soul. She has toured with Diana Krall, The Temptations and Billy Ocean, and in 2010 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of East London. Her new album Love Politics War went to No.1 on the Jazz Charts. Passionate about music education, she is Chair of Youth Music and supports numerous other projects and charities in various capacities. You can read about some of her many achievements, awards and honours here

Chrissy Kinsella is CEO of the London Music Fund, set up in 2011 with the vision that every child who demonstrates significant musical ability, enthusiasm and commitment to learning an instrument is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and with the Mayor of London as its patron. Outside work, Chrissy is a soprano singing with a number of professional choirs, and occasionally teaching privately. She is proud to be a mentor for Arts Emergency, a new charity aimed at encouraging and supporting more school leavers from less privileged backgrounds into arts and humanities careers. 

Alex Stevens is the editor of Music Teacher magazine and Head of Content for the Music and Drama Education Expo. Alex joined Rhinegold Publishing as Assistant Editor of Music Teacher in June 2010, before becoming assistant and then deputy editor of Classical Music. He was delighted to return to Music Teacher as editor in May 2015, and is also relishing the challenge of helping produce the Music and Drama Education Expo as Head of Content. In the past he has worked in a marketing role at arts charity Create, and spent three months in Syria as part of the British Council and VSO's Global Xchange programme. 

Richard King is CEO of Faber Music Ltd, one of the UK's leading independent publishers of classical, contemporary, media, and printed pop and educational music. As Editorial Director of the company through the 90s, he shaped Faber Music's now world-renowned educational publishing list and led the company's acquisition of the Warner Chappell European print rights in 2005. He has most recently developed the company's educational print business in China, with over 130 titles now released or contracted for Chinese language publication. He is also Chair of PMLL, a director of PRS and the MPA (Music Publishers Association), and a Trustee of the PRS Foundation. 

Jane Dyball spent six years at indie publisher Virgin Music in international copyright and licensing, and then joined Warner/Chappell Music's Business Affairs Department. She became SVP International Legal and Business Affairs in 2005 assuming responsibility for all WCM's business affairs worldwide excluding the USA and Canada, alongside strategic issues such as collective rights management and digital rights. In June 2013 she left WCM and in January 2014 was appointed CEO of MCPS, IMPEL and PMLL and then CEO of the MPA Group of Companies in October 2015, assuming additional leadership of the MPA and bringing the companies under one umbrella.

The panel will be joined by Sarah Brear as CLA's representative. Sarah is CLA's Development Manager for Education and was formerly Copyright Manager at ABSRM. She has a music degree from the University of York and sings with several vocal groups.