As well as being a Music Maker, I also have another life ‘behind the scenes’, working both professionally and voluntarily on all kinds of facilitation, production, management, and consultancy in various art forms.
I was privileged to work for 7 years at England’s leading chamber-music promoter Music in the Round as Learning & Participation Manager, leading a step-change in the importance of L&P and producing all kinds of pioneering projects including Bridge, Schubert in Schools, and the specialism in Early Years – as well as contributing to South Yorkshire’s musical life and supporting its young musicians.
In Sheffield I also co-founded and led in various ways the Classical Sheffield movement, bringing thousands of Music Makers together with new and existing audience members to cause a substantial and lasting shift in the city’s cultural life.
I now work at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival – specifically for Festival Bridge, funded by Arts Council England to radically improve cultural education for the 560,000 children and young people in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough, and Suffolk.
Plus I always find myself running and helping out with all kinds of things – including recently the Crescendo festival in Suffolk (featuring the BBC’s Zeb Soanes). I have done all kinds of consultancy, advising, and general supporting, including with The Montgomery, Vivacity Choir, Hallam Choral Society, and many others – always aiming to work with people’s strengths, identify challenges and opportunities, and support them to crack on and make a difference.
Plus, with a Producer hat on, here’s a recent film project that I produced here in Norwich with the High School musicians and Dougie Evans as director. Merry Christmas!
Whether you are interested in consultancy, production, or anything else, please call on me if you think I can be useful to you!