London born musician, social entrepreneur and founder of Sound Gallery (2000), Sound Gallery CIC (2007) and hungersleep productions (2010). Grice studied percussion at Trinity School in London and had the chance to accompany Vera Lynn as a chorister at the Royal Albert Hall when he was 8 years old. Later on, he studied History of Art and Sociology at Croydon College in London and got involved in the music scene from an early age through forming groups, playing in bands and writing original material. He has worked and collaborated with a number of high profile artists as producer and musical contributor (Raphael Ravenscroft, Duffy, Richard Barbieri). He has also had his music featured on BBC (William and Kate: A Royal Engagement), Black Diamond Films, Sky Extreme Sports, MTVFrance and more.
He is also member of the Musicians Union, PRS, MCPS and RSA. In 2006, he was winner of the UnLtd Millennium Awards which enabled him to set up and deliver a music enrichment programme for disengaged young people at the City of Bristol College in association with Aim Higher (COBRA: City of Bristol Rising Artists) which he later replicated in Exeter (ERA: Exeter Rising Artists) under 3 strands: Form a Band, Digital Sounds and Sing it.
Other original projects and initiatives include: Moon Maths, The Virtual Vincenzo, New Works for Lost Voices, The State of the Arts, Phoenixsounds, Sunday Social, Analogue to Digital Music Expo, SiMPTI (Standards in Music, Production, Technology and Industry) and the Peters Cellars Cocktail Club.
His multi-cultural background and passion for the arts and young people who live in challenging circumstances have led him to devise original, innovative cross arts projects which are underpinned by a deeply rooted social and cultural agenda. Resourcefulness, innovation, persistence, resilience, determination, high aspirations, artistic integrity and high standards are the driving principles of his work and these clearly translate into Sound Gallery’s ethos and his work as a musician.
In recognition of Grice’s achievements in providing opportunities for musicians for the past 14 years, he was recently invited to become a Fellow of the RSA by their research team. He has released two solo albums on his label hungersleep records, Propeller (2012) and Alexandrine (2015).
After finishing a BEd. degree in Psychology, Education and Pedagogy at the University of Athens in 1992, Maria came to the UK where she completed an MEd. in Education at the University of Exeter. In 1994, she was invited to work as a research assistant and co-author by arts lecturer Malcolm Ross (RSA) at Exeter University, on ‘The State of the Arts in 5 Secondary Schools’ research project, which examined the attitudes and perceptions of students and teachers to arts education. In 1996, she founded and taught a number of Greek Language courses and started teaching GSCE and A-Level Psychology at Exeter College. She has also acted as assistant examiner for the AQA exam board for A-Level Psychology.
In 2002, she was appointed as full time Psychology lecturer at City of Bristol College where she also acted as enrichment officer and co-founded the City of Bristol Rising Artists programmes.
In 2010, she took responsibility of Sound Gallery's Youth Volunteering programme as programme co-ordinator. She currently works full time at Sound Gallery Studios and she co-ordinates the educational and work experience programmes, and is in charge of administration, finances, marketing and fundraising activities. Her skills in research, fundraising, education, music and the arts in general combined with her dedication and drive to succeed, make her an invaluable member of the Sound Gallery team. Maria is an affiliate member of the Institute for Learning (IfL) and part of the hungersleep productions team.
Composer, sound designer, programmer and Sound Gallery's head engineer, Duncan specialises in music technology and has extensive experience of working with directors, composers, arrangers and musicians to produce music and sound for performance using cutting edge hardware and software technology. He has also worked as composer, musician, programmer and sound designer at the Royal National Theatre. He has been involved in keyboard programming and the reparation of sampled sounds for Westend musicals, TV and film music, sound installations, live engineering and recording as well as music for new media.
Duncan designs and delivers Sound Gallery’s music technology technology courses (Creative Music Technology, Digital Sounds, Electronic Music Production) and contributes to the SiMPTI work experience programme by demonstrating recording and mixing techniques to students and giving masterclasses on specialist subjects (LogicPro, Ableton Live, Reason and ProTools).
Aleksis Gailans - Vice Chair and Treasurer Sound Gallery CIC
Aleksis has been part of Sound Gallery since its beginnings as a not for profit organisation and is in charge IT and Web Development. He has helped put on shows around the country for musicians, advised on business, finance and technology, and even helped build the studio! His experience has been a great asset as the organisation grows.
Aleksis comes from an events background and is a professional lighting designer. He has worked on various West End shows, tours, concerts and large-scale live events including awards ceremonies, concerts, roadshows and conferences. Over the last few years he has lit events with renowned artists such as Emeli Sande, Shirley Bassey, JLS and Rudimental and worked for clients such as the BBC, ITV, Nokia, MTV and GSK.
Alexander Marchant - Director of Youth Engagement Sound Gallery CIC
Talented musician, sound engineer and producer, Alex has been involved in running recording studio sessions, delivering music enrichment programmes and co-ordinating volunteers as part of the Vinvolved programme and the Analogue to Digital Music Expo. Alexander has been involved with the studio from a very early age and he is Sound Gallery’s youngest Director. He has a talent for live sound and is an accomplished recording engineer.
From an early age, Alexander has worked in Exeter as a live sound engineer in local music venues (The Hub) and has also been part of music groups and bands. He is currently residing in London writing, performing, recording and producing his own material as a solo artist with a group of talented musicians. Since the beginning of Sound Gallery as a not for profit organisation, he has assisted in running its youth enrichment programmes (Digital Sounds and Form a Band) and has acted as volunteer co-ordinator during the Vinvolved project. More recently he has been involved in the Analogue to Digital Music Expo as technical adviser and event co-ordinator.