WORKSHOP MANAGER & FOUNDER
Anja is an interior designer, craftswoman and creativity facilitator based in Manchester. She was inspired to found the Manchester Music Workshop when she could not find any place in the city that would teach Introduction to Ensemble Playing in Jazz at a time when she was ready to progress from individual piano lessons at home to making music with other people at her level for the first time in her late thirties.
With a degree in Sociology, Media Studies and English, she used to work as a journalist reporting about British and American culture and society for German news outlets such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, Die Welt und ZEIT Online (here). She published numerous peer-reviewed academic articles and book chapters in the field of popular music and fandom studies (here), and runs an academic translation agency dedicated to helping German scholars disseminate their work in the English-speaking academic world in good English (here).
Anja has been an avid music fan all her life and is passionate about the idea of facilitating other people to get in touch with and giving a plattform to their creativity and expressiveness. www.anjalobert.co.uk
Kat Browning has earned degrees at the Royal Northern College of Music as well as Leeds College of Music. She is a single reeds player (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto and baritone saxophones), and the 2015 Award winner for bass clarinet at the Sickle Foundation of North Wales.
Kat is a familiar face in the Manchester jazz scene, playing regular gigs and jams at Matt and Phreds, The Hilary Step, The Thirsty Scholar, and others.
Born in 1988, Katherine was raised within a musical family in North Wales. This has resulted in being immersed in a rich background involving many genres of music including folk, jazz, Latino and classical music.
Kat also led the Leeds College of Music’s Latin Big Band on Alto Saxophone (later joining on Baritone Saxophone), played clarinet and bass clarinet in the Contemporary Big Band, as well as maintaining a steady solo and orchestral presence with the Symphony and Sinfonietta orchestras.
SENIOR LECTURER IN MUSIC, COMPOSER & SAXOPHONIST
WORKSHOPS RUN BY TIM: INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC IMPROVISATION
Tim Wise received his initial musical training in his native Texas, including composition with Karl Korte and electronic music composition with Thomas Wells at the University of Texas at Austin. Over the years he has played in all kinds of bands: marching bands, concert bands, stage bands, blues bands, and rock bands. He has performed in classical saxophone ensembles and in free improvisation ensembles; he is currently a member of the Adelphi Contemporary Music Group at the University of Salford where he is a senior lecturer in musicology.
He earned a PhD in music from the University of Liverpool. His analytical work has been published in Radical Musicology, American Music, Popular Music, Journal of American Folklore, and Musical Quarterly. His book, Yodeling and Meaning in American Music, a semiotic and ideological investigation of yodelling’s 200-year history in American music, was published by University Press of Mississippi in 2016. He is also a trained piano tuner; having won awards in this area, he worked for seven years as a concert tuner for the piano makers Steinway & Sons, tuning for many of the world’s leading pianists and orchestras.