How songs, music and movement build relationships in early childhood. This session was recorded as part of the Froebel Trust Conference in March 2021.

All of the projects you hear about in the recorded session have been funded by the Froebel Trust.


• Let’s Play
Speaker: Samantha Lane (Little Angel Theatre)

Samantha Lane is the Artistic Director at Little Angel Theatre. She was formerly Director of Projects at the Almeida Theatre where she made theatre for, by and with young people aged 14-25, and set up a Facilitation PGCert in partnership with RCSSD; and Education Manager at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, where she created numerous Theatre-in-Education shows for primary and secondary schools, as well as directing community plays with casts of 60+ people. Samantha has also worked at The V&A Theatre Museum, as a secondary Drama Teacher and on various freelance theatre/education projects – including working in Singapore and Canada. Samantha completed an MA in Text and Performance at KCL and RADA in 2010; and she is author of Directing Young People in Theatre: A Guide to Staging Plays with Young Casts (Macmillan). She also completed the Froebel Professional Development Certificate in Early Childhood in 2020.

• Singing with Baby
Speaker: Rachel Tonkin (Family Lives)

Rachel Tonkin, Director of Communications, joined Family Lives in 2012 following a merger with Parenting UK where she was Head of Communications. Before working at Parenting UK Rachel worked for The Stroke Association and Ofsted. As Director of Communications Rachel oversees all Family Lives communications work with a wide variety of stakeholders and is currently overseeing a three-year digital innovation project.

• Mapping Emerging Musicality, exploring musical development in the early years
Speaker: Angela Voyajolu, (University of Roehampton)

Angela Voyajolu recently completed her PhD in the School of Education’s Applied Music Research Centre at the University Roehampton, funded by the Froebel Trust. Her research explored early childhood musical development. Angela is Music Operations Manager for the Amber Trust, a charity which provides musical opportunities for blind and partially sighted children and is a Music Therapist at the Children’s Trust, where she works with children and young people with acquired brain injury.