Meet the Team

Voluntarily managed by musicians for musicians, FOMS is only possible thanks to our amazingly passionate and talented team, past and present. Find out a bit more about the team that brings you FOMS:


Chris Nankervis

Marketing Manager | Pianist
Music Teacher

"Music is a powerful and uplifting way to inspire hope in our everyday lives. The Friends of Music at St George's really enriches the community. I'm so excited to be a part of it!" 

Leonie Thompson

Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Pianist | Philanthropy Coordinator

"The value and impact of philanthropy in the music industry is an increasingly important thing - whether it be through supporting a talented musician in their musical training, or by contributing to concert life and thereby enriching the community. FOMS plays a wonderful role in both nurturing emerging talent, and fundraising for a sustained and meaningful future of music in the community."

Nick Slaney

Co-Founder & Communications Manager | Pianist | Music Teacher

"Music and language are my two passions, so it's a rewarding experience to bring these two things together in such a positive community-minded initiative as FOMS."



Uri Barak

Melbourne Uni Student Liaison

Pianist | Composer

"Music is perhaps one of the most universal and elaborate forms of communication. The Friends of Music Series is an exciting opportunity to explore and experience this exchange between fresh talent, established artists and the community as a whole."


Carol Dixon

Concert Reviewer | Composer | Nurse

 "I am captivated by the way music transforms lives as it has done with my own. I am driven to compose and listen where I can to the musical expressions of others, and to embrace this as an enriching tool in my life. It is a pleasure to work with a community and share their enthusiasm for musical expressions and to see  bonds develop through this process. I enjoy  thinking about what makes a piece of music work and hence  I occasionally  help FOMS by  writing reviews of  concerts.”


Natasha Lin

Past Artistic Director &

Digital Content Manager

Pianist | Composer | Music Therapist

"Connecting people through music is one of my passions as a musician. For me, this is a role to collaborate, and inspire collaboration between musicians, and between musicians and their communities. To help emerging composers and performers with their work through FOMS is a very exciting time for the Melbourne music scene, as more musicians and communities are becoming more aware of the power of music in fostering community wellbeing. An extension of this collective spirit is having a team that support this series, whose ideas blossom with the support from the St. George's Anglican Church, our friends and patrons." 



Liz Hender

Past Communications Manager
Pianist | Music Teacher





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