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Palace date for Lincolnshire MBE winner Nikki-Kate

By CJHall_LE  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

PALACE DATE: Nikki-Kate Heyes will collect her MBE next week.

PALACE DATE: Nikki-Kate Heyes will collect her MBE next week.

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A pioneer who put Lincolnshire on the community music map will travel to London next week to collect her MBE.

SoundLINCS chief executive Nikki-Kate Heyes, who was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in the summer, is attending her Buckingham Palace investiture.

It is taking place next Thursday, December 19.

The 46-year-old community musician, composer, conductor and cellist lives at Ingham, seven miles north-west of Lincoln.

Hertfordshire-born, she studied at Greenhead Grammar School in Keighley, West Yorkshire, before taking up a place at the Leeds College of Music - and was awarded an honours degree in music and inter-arts by the University of Leeds.

And in 1998 Nikki-Kate was appointed to head the new SoundLINCS organisation to create and deliver music-making opportunities to remote or socially isolated communities across Lincolnshire.

It is now an Arts Council England national portfolio organisation.

SoundLINCS, based at soundHOUSE, on St Martin’s Lane, Lincoln, engages with people of all and abilities across all genres.

Specialising in working with very young children and young people in challenging circumstances, it is also involved with workforce development and delivering large-scale live events.

In addition to steering soundLINCS through the last 15 years, Nikki-Kate has held several high-profile posts within the music-making community at both local and national level.

She is a former East Midlands regional council member for Arts Council England, vice-chairman of the East Midlands Arts in Rural Areas Network and a past chair of Sound Sense, the national organisation for community music).

As a composer, Nikki-Kate has written for the theatre and for the City of London Sinfonia.

She maintains her writing, arranging and performing skills through the Heyes Ensemble - a chamber group which she founded in 1995 and which draws from a diverse repertoire spanning Mozart to Metallica.

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