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Surrey’s most influential music people: Movers and Shakers 2013

PUBLISHED: 17:32 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:56 10 July 2013

Julia Leggett

Julia Leggett


In recent months, team Surrey Life has been busy speaking to our contributors and industry experts from around the county to get a feel for just who makes Surrey tick

Julia Leggett

Woking resident Julia Leggett has played a key role in establishing the Academy of Contemporary Music as Britain’s leading music college and one of the UK’s largest training providers. With its headquarters in Guildford, plus six major teaching centres across three continents, high profile student successes include Mumford and Sons’ Ted Dwane, Newton Faulkner and Lawson’s Ryan Fletcher and Joel Peat, while its patrons include Roger Taylor of rock group Queen. Leggett’s aim to provide young people with access to affordable, high-quality, contemporary music lessons led to the launch last year of ACM Kids, Junior & XL, an immersive learning experience for those aged four to 16.

Paul Jones

Those in the know always keep one eye open for Cranleigh Arts Centre blues nights organised by former Manfred Mann singer and current Radio 2 DJ, Paul Jones, as they have been known to attract the odd guest appearance from Ewhurst local, Eric Clapton. Nowadays, the 71-year-old shares the lead with Mike D’Abo in The Manfreds - along with most of the original members of Manfred Mann - touring extensively both in the UK and abroad.

Sir Richard Stilgoe

Sir Richard Stilgoe – singer, songwriter and celebrated wit – received a knighthood last autumn in recognition of his tireless charitable work. Having fallen in love with the comic song when he was taken to see a Gilbert and Sullivan opera as a child, he eventually teamed up with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, writing the opening number for Cats, and then co-writing Starlight Express, which became a box-office smash. In 1998, the 70-year-old Oxted resident founded the Orpheus Centre in Godstone, a residential care home that helps young, disabled adults learn life skills through the performing arts.

Keep on moving

Of course, any such list is subjective and many more could have featured within these pages. Get in touch with your Movers & Shakers, the people who influence how we all live in Surrey, on and and maybe you’ll see them included next time round!

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