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Featuring a range of established arts and music organisations.

Along with Trinity Laban Alumni who have successfully launched their careers in the sector and a diverse group of music leaders, instrumental tutors and animateurs who work in schools, music hubs, arts organisations and on exciting music projects.

Speaker biographies

Lucy Drever

Lucy Drever is a workshop leader and presenter. She works with various arts organisations including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and Lambert Jackson.

Lucy works in a variety of settings including Early Years spaces, schools, arts venues, hospitals, care homes and prisons.

She has upcoming projects with the Benedetti Foundation, Snape Maltings, Wigmore Hall and Edinburgh International Festival.

Lucy has recently been announced as an Associate Artist of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Nicola Tagoe

Nicola Tagoe

Born in London to parents of Ghanaian and Scottish descent, Nicola Tagoe is a classically-trained flute player. Nicola has performed as a soloist, in orchestras, with chamber ensembles and bands at venues including St John’s, Smith Square; Savill Garden, Windsor; Roundhouse, Camden; Hackney Empire; Oxford House; The Albany, Deptford; RichMix; Red Gallery, Shoreditch; Oliver’s Jazz Bar and the Spice of Life. Festivals include British Isles Music Festival and Early Bloom Festival, as well as Galicia Music Festival and Zenobia Music Festival in Spain.

Nicola has collaborated with guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas, performing music by Cuban and Latin composers (listen here). Further appearances have included celebration events for Black Woman in the Arts and Black History Studies featuring classical music by composers of African descent, gigs with Dutch singer-songwriter, Maaike Siegerist, and recitals with pianist, Stavroula Thoma.

Nicola studied the bansuri (Hindustani bamboo) flute with specialist, Clive Bell, at The Bhavan Centre. She has since collaborated with the Live Literature Company, playing improvised music tailored to accompany a staged production of Rabindranath Tagore’s The Post Office, showing at the British Library Theatre and the Nehru Centre (Indian High Commission). Nicola was also invited to feature on the track ‘Doli’ by Indian classical vocalist, Rani Juttla.

Nicola attended the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) for three years, before travelling to Northern Spain, where she continued her music studies at the Escola Municipal de Musica de Oleiros. She has performed in masterclasses to international flautists including Wissam Boustany, Susan Milan, Sam Coles and Gareth Davies, and received performance coaching from contemporary pianist Leon Michener. Nicola graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2010, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Solo Performance, and a Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology.

Daisy Swift

Daisy Swift

At Wigmore Hall, Daisy leads the learning and participation programme, managing a team of six.

The programme has been giving people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities opportunities to take part in music making for over 20 years.

Daisy began her career with Music in the Round thanks to the University’s links with the organisation. Daisy says that her time with Music in the Round provided a foundation to her career.

Nina Swann

Lucy Drever

Nina has over ten years of music outreach experience, developing and managing programmes at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, the London Symphony Orchestra, The Opera Group and Sound Connections. She has a particular interest in schools, families and the under-5s, and in developing and supporting individuals and ensembles working with those groups. Nina is a classically trained oboist and singer and still performs when given the chance.

Adam Saunders

Adam Saunders

Adam has designed and led projects with some of the country’s leading organisations including the National Youth Orchestra, the Southbank Centre and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

He has curated and conducted choirs across the UK, including Citibank, Bupa Head Office and the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir (first seen on the Gareth Malone BBC 2 programme ‘Sing While You Work’).

As a creative consultant, he has worked on numerous global advertising campaigns. In 2019, he was the musical director for Amazon’s holiday campaign, conducting a choir of workers from an Amazon fulfilment centre outside Paris.

Adam thrives on large-scale collaborations; his latest musical, ‘Thames Tales’, was performed at the Royal Albert Hall, by a cast of over a thousand. Other recent projects include partnerships with the South African High Commission, the Tower of London and the New Wimbledon Theatre.

He has appeared as a keynote speaker at national and international music conferences including the Big Gig (Melbourne), Music and Drama Education Expo (London) and the Music Learning Revolution (Manchester). He is an advisor for Trinity College London, Musical Futures International, Sing Up and the Abram Wilson Foundation.

Adam is one of the feature pianists for DECCA records ‘Music Lab Collective’ and has performed at some of the UK’s most iconic venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the Camden Roundhouse and the Hammersmith Apollo.

Natasha Lohan

Natasha Lohan is a singer (holding a Masters in Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) who has 30 years of performing experience with music ensembles, dance and theatre companies in her native Ireland and the UK. Known for her exploratory use of voice, she has presented new compositions by many composers and collaborated across other art forms, most recently appearing in Macbeth at the Globe Theatre. Natasha discovered the power of group vocal experience first as an ensemble performer and later as a music animateur. Her interest in how voicework contributes to wellbeing has developed over 15 years of leading groups and individuals of all ages and abilities to realise their true singing self. Natasha has been the lead music animateur on Trinity Laban’s programme of older people’s arts activities and has specialised in working with dancers and musicians to find their vocal identities. Her approach is unique in incorporating her dance, theatre and vocal skills to lead fun and exploratory workshops in which participants are guided in releasing the daily tensions of life and exploring their vocal self.

Hannah Conway

Internationally recognised for her work with some of the world’s leading opera houses and orchestras, Hannah has led projects in eighteen different countries, carving a path as a composer, presenter and music director. At the heart of her work always is intense collaboration and musical input from diverse communities and young people.

In 2019 she was appointed Artistic Director of Streetwise Opera and in 2020 she founded Sound Voice, a project which uses the creation of live performance and new artistic works as a catalyst for change and collaborative innovation across the arts, healthcare, technology sectors.

She has composed operas in 12 different languages, presented for BBC Radio 3, devised BBC Proms and received commissions from the London Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Opera House. The Freedom Game opera (2015) received its premiere at the Royal Albert Hall for 1200 performers and Beautiful World (2016) won the Education Middle East Performing Arts Award at the National Theatre, Abu Dhabi.

Performances of her recent works include the opera Dare to Dream (premiere/Royal Albert Hall March 2019) for 1800 singers – devised in collaboration with young people from Uganda, Syria, Bangladesh and the UK; The Tale Of Two Dragons/Tyger Tyger commissioned by the BBC Singers; Towards Another World, a promenade opera for the English National Opera at the V&A museum; and A Young Known Voice, a work commissioned by the Acadamy of Ancient Music (Barbican, UK).

Hannah has been adjudicator for BBC Young Musician and regularly acts as moderator for international Arts sector conferences notably for the European Commission: the first opportunity since COVID-19 for a direct dialogue of the Cultural and Creative Sectors with Commissioner Gabriel, the European Parliament and the Council  and EU Cultural Forum 2017 in Milan.

Sought as a guest artist, she has collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Opéra de Dijon, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonie, LʼOrchéstre de Paris, Muziekcentrum Van De Omroep, European Youth Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She was engaged by the European Network for Opera and Dance Education (RESEO) to direct a series of creative opera residencies for professional musicians drawn from across the EU in Serbia (Madlenianum Opera), France (LʼOpera Bastille) and Sweden (Swedish Royal Opera)

Hannah frequently leads professional development for artists and ensembles in creative educational practice, audience engagement, and composition including consultancy for the Royal Danish Opera, Het Muziek Theater, Fundacja Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, De Nederlandse Bach Vereniging the English National Ballet and for the charity Songbound in India.

She has specialised in designing and presenting orchestral concerts for young audiences with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, Sir Mark Elder with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sir Roger Norrington, John Elliot Gardiner with the Monterverdi Choir and Orchestra and for the BBC Proms. She was presented for the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Concerts and was the first to sign interpret music within their orchestral concerts for deaf children. She has guest lectured at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Hague Conservatorium and at Cambridge University where she has since annually returned having gained her MA and PGCE  (1995-9).

Hannah is passionate working in diverse international settings and has led projects for children in Mumbai, Palestine and Bosnia continuing to collect songs from the street in her travels across the globe including Mali, Tanzania, Guyana, Zambia and Malawi.

James Moriarty

James Moriarty is a musical facilitator based in London. His work harnesses the power of co-creativity to produce rich musical experiences and build musical communities. Driven by a belief that everyone has the right to engage in creative activity he leads projects ranging from work in schools to collaborations with fellow artists. This work is informed by a commitment to co-creation, to the power of the voice, and the social value of musical participation.

Claire Furlong

Claire has over ten years’ experience in the jazz sector. Alongside a jazz performance degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she has experience as a booking agent for some of the UK’s most exciting jazz artists.  Prior to joining NYJO in 2015, Claire was responsible for delivering Serious’ Learning & Participation programme, including large-scale participatory projects for London 2012 and the annual London Jazz Festival. Claire is passionate about inspiring a love of jazz in young people, and helping young musicians to reach their potential.

Omar Shahryar

Omar Shahryar

Omar Shahryar is an award-winning composer, facilitator and peace-maker working for opera companies and arts festivals around the world. His internationally acclaimed opera about young people’s reactions to extremism, A Shoe Full of Stars, won the YAMAward Prize for Best Opera for Young People 2018 and was reported on by UK national news programmes. His next opera, The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me, is touring with English Touring Opera in Spring 2020.

Omar has led participatory music projects for some of the world’s leading opera companies and concert halls, including the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera, Wigmore Hall and Streetwise Opera. He has led artist trainings for the Royal Opera House of Norway and the Royal Opera House of Oman.

Omar is the Artistic Director of Opera Schmopera, an opera company for young people, and a board member for Tête-à-tête Opera Company and the European Network of Opera, Music and Dance Education (RESEO). 2020 saw Omar finish his PhD thesis in the Composition of Opera for Young People at the University of York funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Sarah Freestone

Sarah is a member of the BBC Concert Orchestra. She began her musical career aged 7 playing and singing in folk clubs and by the age of 11 she was gigging regularly on guitar with her junior school jazz combo “The Average Height Band”… She went on to study guitar and violin as joint principal studies at the Royal Academy of Music, winning several prizes and awards on the way including the Julian Bream Prize, Queensland Conservatorium of Music Guitar Prize and semi-finalist in the Tarrega International Guitar Competition. She also studied bass guitar with the late great Jeff Cline, playing with the Royal Academy of Music Big Band. Sarah was the leader of the Lullingstone Quartet, Aditi Ensemble, Marcel Sinfonia and Future Music Records Orchestra and has been in demand as a multi-instrumentalist – guitars, electric violin, percussion and backing vocals – performing worldwide with artists including Alison Moyet and the legendary Lee Hazlewood. Sarah made her professional acting debut in the UK premiere of “Playing For Time”, Arthur Miller’s play about the women’s orchestra in Auschwitz, at Salisbury Playhouse in 2005.

Sarah has worked in a wide variety of musical genres, as both writer and performer, from classical music to jazz, rock and pop. For the past eighteen years she has been the director of the Lullingstone String Quartet and has also written and performed string parts for T.V., pop & rock studio recordings and live performances. Her guitar and mandolin work has taken her to all kinds of venues playing all kinds of styles, from folk clubs and rock venues throughout Europe and the U.S. to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Opera House Orchestra, Opera North, English National Ballet, classical recitals and the West End. Recent shows on electric guitar include the UK tours of Jesus Christ Superstar and Blood Brothers as well as broadcasts for Radio 2 and Radio 3.

After 10 years as a lecturer in Popular Music and Performing Arts she combined her education work with performing, writing and conducting – Sarah has been Musical Director for over 40 productions, most recently the ballet “Winter Dreams” for the Royal Opera House and has conducted the Guildford Philharmonic, Dartford Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Thames Gateway and the Kingston University Chorus and Chamber Choir. Recent learning work includes devising and leading projects for the BBC Proms, Radio 3, BBC Concert Orchestra, Trinity Laban and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as her conducting and presenting work she is spending an increasing amount of time writing and arranging – in 2010 Sarah had three compositions commissioned by the BBC and her recent arranging clients include the Royal Opera House, BBC and the current West End hit show “Thriller”. She is the author of 5 guitar teaching books and wrote the score for BAFTA-winning scriptwriter Roy App’s film, “Common Ground”. Sarah is one half of the Ancora flute and guitar duo whose debut CD “Entrada” was released last year.

She is a violinist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and can often be heard on “Friday Night Is Music Night”, the world’s longest-running live music programme on radio. Her work with the orchestra has included recent performances with Kylie Minogue, Kiki Dee, Westlife, Madeleine Bell, Petula Clark, Alfie Boe, Nigel Kennedy, Shirley Bassey, Lulu, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, The Feeling, Barry Manilow, Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Jessie J, Annie Lennox, Randy Newman, Gary Barlow and Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead).


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