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Who Are We?

Emma Cunliffe
Outreach Programme Manager

Emma originally trained as a secondary school Music teacher, going on to be Head of Music at a large comprehensive. From there she went on to work at Huddersfield University, the BBC Philharmonic and The Bridgewater Hall in community music and music outreach roles, as well as working with many other arts organisations as a freelance project manager and consultant. Having studied at Chetham’s as a student, she couldn’t keep away and came back full circle to work here in 2010.

Emma lives in the Greater Manchester area with her husband and two young children and spends her spare time playing the bassoon, cooking, reading, swimming and trying valiantly (but in vain) to keep the house tidy.


Sarah Atter
Workshop Leader and Animateur

Sarah Atter is a Manchester-musician based with extensive experience of devising and delivering education and community projects. She works across a variety of fields including music in healthcare, music in the community, music in education, music in criminal justice and collaborative cross-art form projects. As the Creative Director of Tram Tracks – a creative composition project conceived by Sarah and delivered in partnership with the Bridgewater Hall – Sarah will be engaging nearly 100 community and education groups across Greater Manchester.

Sarah works both as an independent practitioner and in partnership with organisations including Manchester International Festival, Manchester Camerata, Streetwise Opera, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Music in Prisons. Sarah has also lectured at The University of Manchester, and designs and delivers artist development training for TiPP and Chetham’s School of Music.

As a flautist, Sarah works across the country in orchestras and chamber ensembles. She also inspires the next generation by teaching flute players of all ages across Greater Manchester.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys cooking (and eating), trying to do DIY and having lots of sleep!


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