Meet The Team

“Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to children of all ages.”

Steven Williams, Author

Steven Williams

Author

I am the founder of Singing for Learning. I graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England in 2006 and from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007 where I received my Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Since then I have taught music in schools in the UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Egypt. I have taught a range of different ages from 2 – 18 and have had tremendous success at all levels. I love to compose new songs for children that help to support learning across the whole curriculum and that is what led me to the idea for creating this site.

Gavin Higgins, Composer

Gavin Higgins

Composer

Gavin Higgins is one of our composers. Gavin graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England in 2005. Since then, Gavin has worked on many large-scale commissions including pieces for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata Orchestra. Gavin was also commissioned to write a new orchestral work called ‘Velocity’ which was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra as the opening piece to the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ in 2014. He has worked in many UK and international schools as an educator giving workshops on composition and he is really looking forward to working with Singing for Learning. Visit www.gavinhiggins.com for more information about Gavin.

Justin Wan Yap Foo, Animator

Justin Wan Yap Foo

Animator

Justin Wan is our animation specialist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Justin started out as a hotelier working for many top hotels across Kuala Lumpur until he realised his passion was in education and animating short films. Justin has worked in international primary schools as an assistant Physical Education teacher, studying animation in his spare time. We are really happy to have Justin on board as he is a very talented and committed animator who strives to please his audiences with his captivating animations.

Lucy Pankhurst, Composer

Lucy Pankhurst

Composer

As a composer, Lucy has received many prizes for her work, most notably in 2011 when she was presented with a ‘British Composer Award’ in the Brass/Wind Band category for her composition, ‘In Pitch Black’. In 2013 Lucy was also shortlisted for another ‘BASCA British Composer Award’ for a collaborative work, ‘Diversions After Benjamin Britten’. Lucy is a very renowned composer and we are really happy to have her as part of our team. For more information about Lucy, please visit her website at www.lucypankhurst.com

Jacqueline Belcher, Educational Advisor and Lyricist

Jacqueline Belcher

Educational Advisor and Lyricist

Jacqui qualified as a Primary School Teacher in 1998 from the University of Brighton, UK, with a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education. She has taught in England and Egypt. She has experience of teaching the whole range of National Curriculum subjects in Key Stage 1 and 2. We are delighted to be receiving the guidance of such an experienced teacher.