Photograph of Carol Bowden

Carol Bowden

Associate Artist

Carol is a musician, performer and educator based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

She enjoys sharing her love of music, through delivery, mentoring and training and strongly believes that we can nurture relationships, support development and find
ways to heal through music and musical play.

Carol is the founder of Treble Time music classes for babies, pre-schoolers and their grownups, supporting the emotional and social development of young children. She has also developed a podcast, The Community Musician, as part of her Masters Degree at York St John University.

Having worked extensively at Sage Gateshead across their Learning and Participation Programme, Carol’s now a freelance musician working with babies, the elderly and all ages in between, with families with care experience, domestic abuse recovery, SEND and autism. She has devised training in working with families with care experience, autism and inclusive practice.

Carol has worked collaboratively in partnerships with The Great North Children’s Hospital, North East Autism Society, Children North East, Durham, Gateshead and Newcastle Fostering and Adoption Services, Wearside Women In Need and Music Services (HUBS) across the North East.

She was a vocalist and percussion player with Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, a four-piece contemporary folk/acoustic band based in Newcastle, gaining critical acclaim with BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music, and playing Glastonbury Festival.

Carol is a Festival Compere for Cambridge Folk Festival, is on the Board of Directors of Sound Sense and is a team member of the International Centre of Community Music at York St John University.

Find out more about Carol here.