A Choir in Every Care Home

Our national initiative to explore how singing and music could be made available in all of the UK’s care homes is gathering pace. It is supported by the Baring Foundation, and led by Live Music Now, in partnership with Sound Sense and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre. “This hugely important initiative will bring music to…

In conversation with Julian Lloyd Webber and Miloš

On Wednesday 8 April, I visited St Margaret’s Activity Centre run by Open Age in London, where an LMN session was taking place for people from the local community and residents from the sheltered accommodation above. This was the first session that soprano Anna Sideris and pianist Jocelyn Freeman had done for LMN, so they were understandably a…

Bristol Reggae Orchestra hits the high notes

On Sunday 20 November, I was lucky to attend a concert at St George’s, Bristol by the remarkable Bristol Reggae Orchestra. Amongst other things, it was the culmination of a collaboration with young Scottish composer Kim Moore, who had been “adopted” by the Orchestra over a year ago. This was part of Making Music’s ‘Adopt…

Live Music Now – my new job

In October last year, I was appointed as LMN's new Executive Director. This is a really exciting opportunity for me to help lead one of the UK's most successful and creative music organisations. I was delighted and honoured to accept the post. LMN was founded by Yehudi Menuhin over 36 years ago, with his friend…

Wellbeing Choir – amazing first rehearsal

Last night was the first meeting of a new ‘wellbeing choir’, a project I initiated about 4 months ago, whilst working for Making Music. It is being run by Hannah Currant, and the choir leaders are Katia Gorrie and Ian Towers. The idea is to create a friendly choir, that people can come along to…

WNO and the Bristol Singing Strategy

We are one year into the Singing Strategy for Bristol, led by Welsh National Opera, project manager Laurie Stewart and hub manager Andy Gleadhill. The initiative is part of the Music Education Hub (entitled Bristol Plays Music), which is a partnership between all sorts of amazing organisations, including Making Music, Colston Hall, Bristol Choral Society,…

Adopting Composers

Today, at St Martins in London, I led proceedings at the launch event for the Adopt a Composer scheme. This was the 12th year that the project has taken place, and the 8th time that I’ve been one of the project leaders. It’s a fairly straightforward idea. Every year, we pair up six composers with…