Rugby Area Talent Trust was created with initial funding from two founder trustees and a donation from local business Brown & Cockerill. The trustees are passionate about supporting local young people with talent and potential, both directly by creating a grant fund, and also by facilitating events to showcase talent and provide experience.
The charity’s formal objectives are defined as being to “…encourage, facilitate and fund the development of talent in individual young people (under the age of 30) from Rugby, Warwickshire and the surrounding areas (those who have resided in Rugby Borough for a period of 3 years or more) and who demonstrate particular skills and passion in music, arts, academia, sport or entrepreneurism, through the provision of grant funding and the facilitating of events.”
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The trustees of RATT are David & Angela Head, Gary Stocking and Carl Watts.
David was the founder of and ran Rugby Music Festival from 2011 to 2014. He is a passionate supporter of local live music and keen to see Rugby youngsters with a spark of talent supported and nurtured. He has worked in the charity sector in a professional capacity since 2003 and in several other voluntary posts, including at Rugby Music Festival, Rugby Rokeby Lions and Rugby Hospital Radio.
Angela is a civil servant based in Rugby. She shares David’s passion for supporting young talent and brings a wealth of administrative experience to RATT. She also acts as the charity’s secretary.
Gary is based in Hillmorton and is director of DMX Stagetech. He brings technical expertise to the group, especially when planning and delivering events. Gary has been involved with Rugby live music for many years providing technical services for many bands and events.
Carl is MD at Brown & Cockerill Estate Agents in Rugby. Through the company Carl supported Rugby Music Festival for 2012-14. He brings a passion for live music and young people, business experience and local knowledge to the trustees’ group.
The trustees are ably assisted by Musical Director, Duncan Arrow.
Duncan is a musician (drummer, pianist and songwriter) and is based in Rugby. Currently one half of The Belladors and the Dirty Jazz Jukebox, he has been performing and playing live for over 30 years, having performed extensively in the UK and Europe. He supports arts and music activities at two Rugby schools and has worked in the charity sector in a professional capacity. He now runs his own business as a creative web-developer and graphic designer.
|July 2017||Charity evening supporting and performing with Last Lesson|
|June 2017||Garden party in Bilton with musical director + 3 performers|
|June 2017||Various school fetes and festivals|
|June 2017||Musical director + 2 performers invited to perform at a local fundraising event.|
|June 2017||Ascot Ladies Day at Brownsover Hall (The Belladors + 1 RATT performer)|
|June 2017||The Lions Charter House lunch at the Draycote Hotel (The Belladors + 1 RATT performer)|
|May 2017||The RATTstage becomes a TRUCKstage and we provide the entertainment at Rugby Spring Fair|
|Mar 2017||Performance in Rugby library for local Civic leaders being shown around the town by the Mayor of Rugby|
|Jan 2017||Delivered The Mayor of Rugby's Charity Concert, Benn Hall, Rugby|
|Dec 2016||Performance at Rotary Club Christmas party|
|Dec 2016||2 singers perform with musical director at Alzheimer's Cafe|
|Dec 2016||RATT organises M&S flash mob as well as 2 singers performing a selection of Christmas songs.|
|Dec 2016||Participation in Rugby Male Voice Christmas Concert.|
|Nov 2016||Performance at Our Rugby Our Future event, Benn Hall, Rugby|
|Oct 2016||Auditions night engages new talent|
|Sep 2016||RATTStage at opening of new park|
|Aug 2016||2 singers perform with musical director at Alzheimer's Cafe|
|Jul 2016||Donation received from Rugby Rotary Lions Club|
|Jul 2016||RATTstage appearances at several local festivals and fetes|
|Jun 2016||RATT performers sing at Rugby's Civic Service 2016|
|May 2016||RATTstage "live" at Rugby Spring Fair|
|May 2016||RATT chosen as Mayoral Charity by Rugby's new mayor|
|Apr 2016||Broadcasting experience on Coventry Hospital Radio|
|Mar 2016||First tranche of RATT grants|
|Jan 2016||Public performances in Rugby town centre|
|Dec 2015||Fundraising gig in Rugby raises £300|
|Aug 2015||Public launch event at Rugby Mini Fest|
|Jun 2015||RATT founded in Rugby, Warwickshire|