Celebrating achievement and self-worth through inspiring performances...
The Time to Shine Project is a music charity based in Hastings, East Sussex. Through tailored singing projects we build self-confidence and help our participants during transitional periods in their lives. Our aim is to work towards an end goal which, although challenging, will ultimately lead to a more empowered sense of self. By ensuring that we provide a fun, safe and supported environment in which to learn, our participants can benefit from positive personal growth. Previous participants have noticed improved self-worth, care of appearance, better relationships, ability to cope with challenges and taking more responsibility.
Encouraging community engagement and understanding...
Our projects also aim to promote awareness and empathy across all groups within the wider community; if the individuals who make up society are valued, self-assured and productive, the result is a more connected, helpful and happy community.
As well as benefiting the individual participants, The Time to Shine Project can help you to fulfill your goals, develop working relationships with other organisations and help you to promote and increase awareness of your organisation and the work that you do.
Our performances are a celebration of achievement. We wish every participant to be proud of who they are and we want their strength and determination to be
an inspiration to others.
In 2007 Alison organised an event in which 20 people who had no previous performance experience participated in weekly rehearsals culminating in a live performance in front of their friends, family and the public. Alison’s aim was to develop their self-confidence as well as their musical abilities and those who could play an instrument as well as sing were invited to join a band of session musicians for the show. The results were inspiring: participants were calling for the project to be made a regular event with more rehearsals and bigger venues. All felt that they had gained a better appreciation of music but also that their self-esteem had improved significantly.
In 2014 Alison met Michael when she joined a local community choir that he was setting up in Hastings, East Sussex. After watching how he developed a group of "shower-singers" into a choir performing four-part harmony songs with confidence and joy, she approached him to collaborate on taking the Time To Shine Project forwards. Realising the enormous potential for music to bring people closer, express themselves and grow, Michael and Alison believe that each project should bring together people who have experienced (or are experiencing) similar challenges in a performance that is unapologetic, celebratory and inspiring.
With our combined skills and experience we can create what we believe to be an exciting and unique opportunity for the individuals taking part in the Time to Shine Project.
Michael is an international cabaret entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, teacher and composer. After studying at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he went on to perform in many musicals, concerts and recitals in London's West End and across the world. He has worked extensively in the worlds of classical music, jazz and musical theatre and regularly performs his own show around the world as a Guest Entertainer for the Cunard and P&O Cruise lines. Michael has always had an infectious passion for music and is happiest when working to encourage and inspire others in performance; to that end he runs three very successful amateur choirs who perform everything from The Jam to West Side Story - the weekly rehearsals always being the highlight of his week. He was also the creator of a highly successful series of music workshops for the charity HemiHelp, is a fully qualified teacher and has written three ballets for London Fringe companies and two musicals for schools.
Michael is a devoted and committed advocate of animal welfare and gives all of his free time to volunteering for the animal charity Blue Cross, for whom he organises events, gives educational talks in local schools and creates unique videos of pets looking for new homes.
Michael Grant musical director, arranger, voice and performance coach
Alison Cooper project manager, production coordinator, vocal and group support
I remember the joy and sense of freedom I got from singing away to myself in the safety of my darkened bedroom at the age of thirteen, clutching my adored boxed record player and Barbra Streisand albums. I overcame my own lack of self-confidence and self-consciousness by testing out my vocals at karaoke nights, this lead to joining cover bands as a backing vocalist, learning various forms of percussion and eventually forming my own bands, writing my own songs and recording.
I have always loved the physicality of music and so along with my love of making music and singing, I just love to dance! I have spent many years studying Salsa, Jazz, African and Rock n Roll dance and more recently become passionate about the more abstract creativity and performance of physical theatre. I am part of an established local physical theatre group called Nunah and have performed shows in Coastal Currents and Glastonbury Festival, to name a few.
The working side of my life has always involved supporting people to develop their own potential. This interest has led me to expand my skills and experience by completing a degree in Criminology & Applied Psychology, NVQ 1-3 in Counselling Skills & Theory and by training as a Mediator and Restorative Justice facilitator. I have also worked with people with autism, young people and people with substance and alcohol issues. All these skills seem to come together perfectly to succeed with The Time to Shine Project; using the feel-good factor of music for people to discover the best in themselves.
Mr Ian Martin Chairman
Is a business professional with 40 years’ experience of successfully running corporates and SME’s as a Managing Director, consultant, interim specialist, business mentor and coach. He has broad expertise and a successful track record in change management, business coaching and personal development, team building, mentoring and growing businesses. His broad experience includes executive recruitment to financial services, social enterprise and welfare work, as well as working with charities, the NHS and the Department for Work and Pensions and Local Enterprise Partnerships and Local Government.
Mrs Suzi Grant Secretary
Suzi had a career in insurance before marriage and children got in the way. Since then she has worked as a secretary, a qualified motorbike instructor and a driving instructor. She has always had a keen interest in local causes and institutions, and has served variously on school PTA’s, the Scouts Committee, as a School Governor, as Secretary and Treasurer to the NSPCC in Surrey and as Chairman of the Friends of the Royal College of Music Junior Department. She is also a qualified bookkeeper.
Mr David Price Treasurer
David is a qualified accountant retired from a career of over 30 years in the NHS, including acting as Director of Finance in four NHS organisations. His experience includes budgetary control, financial reporting, corporate governance, auditing and project management. He is a keen amateur musician and plays the saxophone with the forty-piece Invicta Jazz Orchestra as well as in a five-piece rock bank. David is also Governor for the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms Jan Allen Trustee
Jan is a qualified nurse with a BSc in Healthcare and Education and currently works for the NHS as an Emergency Planner in Kent, which involves working alongside multi-agency partners in preparation for incidents within the Trust and across Kent. She has always participated in voluntary work, including holding the Chair for her children’s school PTA and as a School Governor. She is a member of the Nursing Midwifery Council, the Royal College of Nursing, the Emergency Planning Society and an Associate Member of the Business Continuity Institute.
Ms Jane Burmingham Trustee
Jane has worked for over 20 years in the private sector, working with authorities in East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent, with community groups, the cultural sector and the tourism business. She was lead officer of the Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival for over 5 years, a consultant to the Bexhill Angling Festival and more recently set up and ran the Wealden Food and Wine Festival.
Ms Caz Sanigar Trustee
Caz has been a Registered General Nurse since 1985 and worked as a Ward Sister in the NHS for 18 years. She then studied music and production at college before setting up her own enterprise, “The Roomz”, a café-bar music venue with rehearsal rooms and a recording studio. She has launched a number of services for the elderly as a provider for East Sussex County Council and is currently a nurse and personal assistant for older people with dementia.