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Driving force of Morecambe music charity leaves after 28 years

Kathryn MacDonald

A driving force behind More Music in Morecambe is stepping down as director and today leaves the organisation after almost three decades.

Kathryn MacDonald was the West End-based music organisation's first employee in 1996 and has led the charity as executive director since 2020.

More Music said Kathryn is "moving on to new and different projects and ventures" and "her energy and vision will be greatly missed by all the staff, the board and the communities in which she has worked".

Today (Wednesday March 27) is her final day in post.

Kathryn's work includes founding the Catch the Wind Kite Festival (which she started with local residents, Mike Boardley and Melody Treasure) and then producing it with the More Music team for 20 years.

It became one of the town's most iconic festivals, showing Morecambe at its very best and showcasing musicians and artists from across the world.

Kathryn has also been committed to the continuation of Holocaust Memorial Day projects and to creating opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers to engage with More Music and the local community.

She has supported and encouraged the growth and success of More Music’s young people’s work which has transformed the lives of countless young people.

Lauren Zawadzki, chair of the More Music board of trustees, said: “Kathryn has been a good friend and a great colleague over the many years I have worked with the charity.

"Her compassion and kindness to be supportive and encouraging to all of More Music’s participants and audiences is like no other; while her determination for the organisation and its people to succeed in delivering its vision and mission is nothing but inspirational.

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