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Administrative Staff

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Our core team of administrative staff are the small, powerful motor behind Sheffield Music Academy, ensuring that it runs efficiently and flawlessly. Based in our Psalter Lane offices, they deal with all aspects of the academy, from parent enquiries and timetabling to safeguarding and concert organisation.  


Please do not hesitate to get in touch with them via phone or email with any queries you may have, from admissions to upcoming events.


General Manager

Matt Wigley


Matt grew up in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, before moving to the University of Nottingham to study music. Immersed in a musical world, Matt found his passion for a career in music. After completing an internship at the University of Birmingham, Matt moved to Suffolk to coordinate the Centre for Advanced Training Aldeburgh Young Musicians at Snape Maltings, ultimately progressing to Programme Manager. Matt then moved to the Glasshouse/Sage Gateshead as Head of Young People’s programme, leading Sage Gateshead’s plethora of education, community and engagement work, including the CAT. He then acted as Senior Producer, Make Music, at Sage Gateshead, until July 2023. Matt is delighted to continue his journey at Sheffield Music Academy - bringing experience, passion and vision.


Francesca Strongitharm-Cornell


Cesca recently graduated with an MA in Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Before studying in London she studied music at the University of Sheffield, specialising in Jazz Vocals. 

Cesca is passionate about empowering young people to access music and their creativity, and so is really excited to be a part of the team at the Academy!

07704 579310


Marketing Officer

Samantha Avila Ricci


Samantha is mid-way through her MA degree in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield. She has experience in digital marketing and communications with companies from around the world and in a variety of industries.


She is passionate about spreading awareness of the importance of arts education, and is excited to work alongside inspiring young musicians!

07704 579310

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