Alex Wade has worked for Durham Music Service since 2010, teaching Woodwind and working with various ensembles including the Durham North Regional Wind Band and the Durham County Flute Choir. As a Lead Practitioner she is developing a strategy to increase the scope and scale of Rock and Pop music provision across the county, including creating rock band workshops and large scale performance opportunities. Alex studied for a BA in Music and an MA in Musicology at Durham University. She is an experienced folk musician and educator, having delivered music and dance workshops across the country and abroad, and is a leading exponent of the English concertina, having published a successful tutor book for the instrument in 2013. Alex performs regularly with a number of ceilidh bands in the North East, and with the Newcastle based dance group Star and Shadow Rapper.