Tansy Troy (Chair)
Founding member of KINSHIP, Tansy grew up in Covent Garden, Morocco, India and Wales before going to King’s College Cambridge, where she studied English and French Literature. After graduating, she travelled round schools and nurseries with a host of masks, songs as Flying Tiger. On her creative journey, she danced and sang with children all over London and the UK, in Dharamsala and Shey (India), and Tokyo (Japan).
Back in the UK, she worked as Children’s Artist in Residence Upstairs at The Art Shop (Abergavenny) and further north at Ysgol Y Garreg along with monks from Tashi Lhumpo Monastry, South India. In London, she led Music and Creative Arts at Primrose Hill Primary School for five years and became a Workshop Leader for Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots Programme in 2012. In 2013, she devised and directed her first promenade performance opera Hamza & Petal with ninety children, staff and actors at Primrose Hill Primary School.
This year, she has returned to her original post of KINSHIP Chair after fulfilling other roles within the organisation. She is co ordinating workshops for KINSHIP in Zanskar 2013, which will visit Primary schools in London and Zanskar, accompanied by students from the Royal Academy of Music.
Fenella Fairbairn (Secretary)
Fenella Fairbairn was born in Scotland, but only just, in the town of Coldstream, Berwickshire. She spent an idyllic early childhood based on a farm catapulting across the border day by day to a classroom in an isolated castle turret. The animals in her life at this stage had equal status to people. This was followed by secondary school outside Edinburgh and to university at St. Andrews. A love of music took her to study music at Dartington in Devon, on to Bath to study organ and composition at degree level and finally to London's Institute of Education to train as a music teacher. Music has formed an important part of her work, hand in hand with teaching English to second language speakers. Fenella has led music workshops and courses for adults and children in the UK and in Norway. Presently she participates in music workshops in Baerum, Norway for refugees. She uses piano, strums guitar, attacks the viola and clarinet and uses her singing voice when helpful to the aims of music workshops. She spent 13 years singing in the Choir of St. Martin-in-the-Fields where she honed her poetic voice during only the very longest church services.An interest in writing children’s stories took her to the City University writing course and into the Finsbury Writing Group. In KINSHIP she has recently taken on the committee role of Secretary.
Tanzin Norbu (Treasurer)
Tanzin Norbu was born in the Zanskari village of Testa to a family holding status akin to royalty when Zanskar was an independent Kingdom. He left the village at the age of seven to attend the school in Manali in northern India. He has since attended university in India as well as in UK. After completing his first degree in India, he studied MA in Sustainable Tourism development in London Metropolitan University and MA in Tourism Management in University of Westminster. Since its outset, Tanzin has been involved with the Himalayan Documentary Foundation, a collaboration that culminated in the documentary film `Walking in Circles`. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the International Association for Ladakh Studies. In 2011, Tanzin jointly won the Royal Geographical Society Neville Shulman Challenge prize for a radio schooling project he intends to pilot in Zanskar. Tanzin has also worked as an external consultant on the Royal Geographical Society`s `Hidden Histories` project. He is an adviser for the Lamdon Model School Pipi-ting Zanskar and Druk White Lotus School Leh, and is currently giving introductory talks on Zanskar to students across the UK at schools including Bohunt, Eton College and Oundle. His travel company Mountain Tribal Vision, is generously subsiding the KINSHIP in Zanskar 2013 trek.
Will Embliss (Musician Instrument Maker)
Will studied musical instrument making at the London College of Furniture. Since then he has been working as a designer and maker of tuned percussion instruments – often using locally sourced materials, many of which are reclaimed. With the aim of offering more access to musical instruments, Will developed musical instruments for school playgrounds, then developed workshops so that pupils could take part in making these instruments for their school. He was commissioned by Dame Evelyn Glennie to make her a chromatic Batonka and has worked in many combined arts situations, designing musical floats for the Thames Festival with Emergency Exit Arts. Will toured playing the trumpet for many years with the Bollywood Brass Band and Zubop. He has also composed music for theatre and dance pieces - notably with Green Candle Dance Company.
In 2012 Will was commissioned to make the Xylofence (120 key xylophone from sweet chestnut) for Oxhey Woods Sculpture Trail in Herts.