Don Gillthorpe

Don is Assistant Principal and Director of Music at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy in Lancaster, where he has established a thriving department with a culture of music making as an integral part of school life. As part of the school’s wider remit, Don is a Lead Practitioner and a Specialist Leader in Education, supporting other music departments and leading a school-centred Secondary Music PGCE programme.

Alongside his school work, Don is Head of Publications and a Choral Conducting Tutor for the national choral charity, Sing for Pleasure, Director of Music at Lancaster Priory, Director of Church Music for the Morland Choristers’ Camp and the current President of the Music Teachers’ Association.