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Carolyn Baxendale

Carolyn graduated with a Master of Music from Manchester University in 1984 and has followed this with a career in music education.

She is currently Head of Bolton Music Service and leads the Greater Manchester Music Education Hub, driving collaborations with local, regional and national cultural partners.

Carolyn is an advocate for continuous improvement in music education, with expert panel contributions to the ABRSM Music Commission (2019), DfE Model Music Curriculum (2021), the current DfE review of the National Plan for Music Education, and as a current board member for the RNCM and Chetham’s School of Music.

She was awarded an MBE in January 2016 for services to music and an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Bolton University in July 2018 for services to education.