Jess DandyCo-founder & Contralto
Jess is from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, and is one of the co-founders of SongPath. As a contralto performing around the world, her passion is Lieder, and she enjoys putting together programmes of poetry and song inspired by the landscapes around her.
During his illustrious career, Martin Roscoe has become one of the UK’s most loved and respected pianists. With his extensive repertoire, consummate musicianship and immediate connection with audiences, he is in great demand as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. Martin appears regularly at Wigmore Hall and has long-standing associations with many of the UK’s leading orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony.
Rufus HarringtonSenior Lecturer, University of Cumbria
Rufus Harrington is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Cumbria.
Helen DanielsEvent Administrator
Helen is from Coventry and has joined the SongPath team as Event Administrator. Following three years working in arts administration Helen became a freelance singer and is now combining her passions of singing and event organisation with studying for a vocal masters degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Alongside her career Helen is a keen long distance runner and enjoys having the opportunity to experience her everyday landscapes differently when training
"When it feels like my mind is spiralling into the atmosphere, there's definitely something about putting my headphones on and setting off, that bit by bit begins to ground me.
Maybe it's clocking into a steady pulse, or the way emotion in music is always bound within its own rules - rhythm, pitch, harmony.
Everything has a shape, we just lose sight of that sometimes. "
Marianne BaileyPiano tuner
In my working life it is my privilege to create the potential for great music to happen – imposing order from the jangling chaos and discord of a piano in need of attention; hearing the results is one of life’s biggest joys. The restorative power of walking – encountering the natural world going about its business unconcerned by human preoccupations – is important to me. The memories made during these journeys can last a lifetime, and be called upon at times of stress.
"Music and nature are huge for me. I feel they are one and the same, and they both have equally helped me through everything.
The power of healing that comes from bathing your soul in your music while standing either atop a mountain, among a forest, or in a meadow, is cosmic.
I have always linked the music I sing to people or the events of my life and I turn to nature for the freedom of my body and mind.
C.S Lewis: 'There are far far better things ahead than we leave behind'
Clare EcclesSoprano & choir leader
"I love to get out walking as much as possible either in the Lake District or around Ulverston. It’s a great chance to clear my head. In a world with so many time pressures and distractions it is great to get out to feel calmer and to just be you for a while!
I’d also recommend getting a dog because then you have to get out walking every day! 🐾 🐶
"Getting out into nature is so important for our wellbeing, and most of us probably don't prioritise it nearly enough! I have an anxiety disorder, and in the bad times even leaving the house can seem impossible - but I know that if I can get myself down the park, I can take a breath and start to feel reconnected to the world. We should all help one another to walk more and talk more - and that's what makes SongPath such a great idea!"