Board of Directors

M. C. Grice Peters (FRSA) – Creative Director – Chair

Grice Peters is the founder of Sound Gallery (2000) a music development organisation supporting musicians and artists in Exeter and the surrounding areas first set up with support from the Elmgrant Trust and Creative Director and founder of social enterprise Sound Gallery CIC (2007).

In 2008 he established Sound Gallery Studios in the basement complex at Exeter Phoenix. As a social entrepreneur and UnLtd award winner he has devised and delivered several projects and music industry events, including the Analogue to Digital Music Expo, Phoenixsounds, SiMPTI (work experience programme), C.O.B.R.A (City of Bristol Rising Artists), E.R.A (Exeter Rising Artists), The Virtual Vincenzo project, State of the Arts and more.

Over the past 20 years he has recorded and produced albums and singles for a number of artists and bands including Raphael Ravenscroft (Forgiveness) and Siobhan McCrudden (Icarus Girl). Grice is a member of the MU, PRS, MCPS, RSA (Royal Society of Arts) and RSBP! Read more

Maria Kamba Peters (MEd.) – Company Secretary

Maria is Sound Gallery’s education and marketing manager, administrator, fundraising officer and work experience co-ordinator. She has a successful record in writing funding bids and applications to the PRSFoundation, Arts Council England and the Big Lottery in support of Sound Gallery’s youth enrichment programmes, and social agenda projects. Her latest successes include securing grants from UK Youth, Emergency Response Fund (ACE) and Culture Recovery Fund (Arts Council England, DCMS).

She has studied Psychology, Education and Pedagogy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has set up and taught courses on Modern Greek for adult learners and taught A-Level Psychology at Exeter College and City of Bristol College where she set up COBRA (City of Bristol Rising Artists), music enrichment programme for young people.

She has a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics (University of Exeter) and she was a research assistant to professor Malcom Ross on the ‘State of The Arts’ project at the School of Education at the University of Exeter which was published under both their names in 1998. Read more and has worked as a professional proofreader at the School of Education (University of Exeter) CPD department.

Duncan Chave – Technical Director

Recording engineer, sound designer and Sound Gallery’s Technical Director, Duncan has extensive experience of working with bands, singer-songwriters, musicians, composers and arrangers as well as delivering music technology courses and tuition on a number of DAWs (Logic, Cubase, Ableton, Reason).

Duncan is in charge of Sound Gallery’s equipment and software updates and delivers Sound Gallery’s music technology courses, the SiMPTI work experience programme and Access to SiMPTI programme. Read more

Aleksis Gailans – Vice Chair & Treasurer

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. 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

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. Alex 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.