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.

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Organisations

Lambeth Music Service

Lewisham Music

Live Music Now

The Musicians' Union

The Music House for Children

Sound Connections

Wigmore Hall

Speakers

Ellie Cowan

Lucy Drever

Sarah Freestone

Dr Deirdre Gribbin 

Peter Heyward

Emma Hutchinson

Dr Claire Mera-Nelson

James Moriarty

Jennifer Raven

Adam Saunders

Andrea Spain

Nina Swann

Daisy Swift

Alistair Walker 

Chris Walters

Robert Wells

Ellie Cowan

Working with a wide range of participants and organisations, Ellie has developed a career in arts project management with a focus on learning and participation work. Having graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in music, Ellie has developed and led music projects in organisations including Shakespeare’s Globe, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Royal Academy of Music and most recently, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she has joined the music Learning and Participation department as the Widening Participation Manager.  Ellie is particularly interested in the use of music in projects where creativity is key and perceptions and barriers of music and music making are challenged.

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Lucy Drever

Lucy Drever is a workshop leader, presenter and singer. She creates and leads workshops, family days and concerts for arts organisations including Wigmore Hall, English National Opera, Blackheath Halls, Arts Train and Irene Taylor Trust. Whether it be singing, writing songs, working with instruments or exploring music, Lucy loves to use her imagination to create fun, educational and colourful concerts and workshops.

She has been lucky enough to work with brilliant artists such as Kerry Andrew, The Heath Quartet, The Donald Grant Quartet, Alexandra Dariescu and Morgan Szymanski, spreading the powerful message of making music!

Whilst studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Lucy had the opportunity to explore the world of community music. She went on to complete the Trainee Music Leader Scheme at Wigmore Hall and has since worked with a variety of people in a diverse range of settings including schools, hospitals and homeless hostels.

Furthermore, Lucy produces and hosts the sell-out night Green Note Basement Sessions, a regular evening at Time Out’s Best Live Music Venue, Green Note in Camden.

Lucy co-founded vocal a cappella quartet, FourTune who have worked with Kerry Ellis, Russell Watson, Classic FM and Channel 4. She has also sung with Hartley Voices and London Contemporary Voices, with whom she has sang for Capital FM, Little Mix, Burberry at London Fashion Week and Imogen Heap, recording Hide and Seek for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.

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Sarah Freestone

Sarah is a member of the BBC Concert Orchestra. She 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 Conservatoire of Music and Dance 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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Dr Deirdre Gibbon

Deirdre was born in Belfast.  She received an Arts Foundation Award for her full-length opera ‘Hey Persephone’ at Aldeburgh Festival and in London at the Almeida Theatre. In 2001 her orchestral work ‘Unity of Being’ opened the ‘UK with NY Festival in New York City after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Her work was featured in the New York Times.  In 2004 her violin concerto ‘Venus Blazing’ was lit by Bruce Springsteen’s lighting designer Jeff Ravitz and directed by theatre director Lou Stein. The BBC commissioned her to write a major Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra, for Colin Currie, called ‘Goliath’.  It featured lambeg drums from the Protestant marching band tradition and opened the Belfast International Festival.  She was commissioned by  RTE National Symphony Orchestra in 2012 to write a Piano Concerto for Finghin Collins called ‘The Binding of the Years’.  It was also performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She is a lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and Dance

Most recently, Deirdre has extended her collaborative interests to the world of science and health. She was a Leverhulme funded Resident Artist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, which resulted in her piece ‘Hearing Your Genes Evolve’ . It was featured in ‘The Dark Gene’; a documentary about genetics which was shortlisted for the 2016 Berlinale documentary prize. She appeared on BBC’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ and was a keynote guest speaker at the EU Innovative Convention in Brussels at the request the of the President of the EU.’

Deirdre is Artistic Director of ‘The Venus Blazing Music Theatre Trust’ working with vulnerable adults and children with learning disabilities. 

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James Moriarty

James Moriarty is a London-based composer and workshop leader. His work exhibits an extraordinary breadth, including everything from experimental new music to collaborations with young musicians, and has seen him work with organisations such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music, and Royal Albert Hall. Fueled by a belief that everyone is capable of meaningful creative activity, he seeks to develop powerful artistic work in the widest possible range of contexts.

James studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was fortunate enough to receive the Regency Award, Pullen Memorial Prize, Charles W Black Fellowship, Howard Hartog Scholarship, and the Eric Coates composition prize – the latter for a first version of his work ‘Windows’, commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra. After graduating James became a fellow with the Academy’s creative learning and participation department ‘Open Academy’. This was followed by postgraduate study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as a Headley Fellow on the ‘Teaching Musician’ programme.

Recent projects have included work at home and overseas. A commission for the Setúbal Youth Ensemble, a unique group that includes drummers, classical instrumentalists, jazz musicians, and young people with special needs, was premiered at the Setúbal Music Festival, Portugal in May 2017. A unique project supported by the British Embassy in Armenia led to James composing a new work based on Armenian poetry that was premiered in Yerevan, Armenia in September 2017. Other projects have included the founding of a creative choir for adults, ongoing work delivering music education for young refugees and migrants with the charity Fairbeats!, and creative music projects in schools across London. 

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Jennifer Raven

Jennifer Raven is Programme Manager at Sound Connections, where she leads on the organisation’s Challenging Circumstances and Youth Voice work and provides specialist consultancy (research, strategy and evaluation) to a wide range of partner organisations. In 2009, whilst studying at Trinity Laban, she co-founded Fairbeats, a charity with a focus on music-making with young refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. She is now Fairbeats Director of Development with a focus on fundraising, strategic planning and governance. Prior to joining Sound Connections Jennifer worked for the Music Programme at education charity and academy chain Ark. A classically trained flute player, Jennifer is still an active performer with a variety of chamber ensembles and orchestras.

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Adam Saunders

Adam Saunders is a composer, pianist and educator based in London, UK.

Fascinated by education and the learning process, he works with many of the UK’s leading music organisations including the National Youth Orchestra, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Southbank Centre and Trinity Laban. He is a consultant for Trinity College London, Musical Futures UK and Musical Futures International and has delivered keynote presentations at a number of conferences including 'The Big Gig' Australia and 'The Music Learning Revolution' UK. 

As a choral leader, he is the Musical Director of VocalLab; an exciting new ensemble made up of members of Aldeburgh Young Musicians.  He also directs the choir at Ingenium Academy, an international music summer school.

 In 2016, Adam composed the music for a brand new musical, 'Grace' which premiered at the The New Wimbledon Theatre. His most recent commission, ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ was scored for massed instrumental forces and 1200 primary school children from the London Borough of Merton. This hour-long piece was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2017. Adam also recently wrote the arrangements for Josie Florence's upcoming E.P. 'Nightingale' which will be released in early October.

As a performer, Adam has played at some of the UK's most prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and Ronnie Scott's. He can also be heard singing with the London Vocal Project on Kenny Wheeler’s album entitled ‘Mirrors'. 

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Andrea Spain

As a producer of festivals, performances, music education and community programmes, Andrea’s career has focused on creating musical opportunities for those who might otherwise not have access. She was Assistant Director of Music and Head of Learning & Participation at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance until 2016 and led the Faculty of Music’s work to widen participation in music education as well as contributing to the design and teaching of HE programmes.

As a producer, Andrea’s work includes Festival of Time and Space, part of the 2009 UNESCO International Year of Astronomy, performances at the BBC Proms, Southbank Centre and South Africa Freedom Day in Trafalgar Square. Her work in music education and participation includes Animate Orchestra, a ‘young people’s orchestra for the 21st Century’, Isle of Dogs Music, addressing social isolation amongst communities in London E14 and Teach Through Music, a professional development programme for London’s secondary school music teachers.  

Andrea currently works as a freelance consultant and evaluator for clients including Serious Events (producers of the London Jazz Festival), English Folk Dance & Song Society and the exam board Trinity College London.

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Nina Swann

Nina has over fifteen years of music outreach experience, devising and managing programmes at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahogany Opera Group, Sound Connections and most recently, Live Music Now where she is currently Director of the South East branch and Strategic Director for Musicians’ Development.  She has a particular passion for bringing exceptional musical experiences to those not able to access them, and encouraging professional musicians to see music outreach as a vital part of a fulfilling portfolio career. Nina is a classically trained oboist and singer, performing regularly with several London orchestras, and Trinity Laban alumna. She is Chair of Lambeth Orchestra and mother to three lively daughters.

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Daisy Swift

Daisy Swift has worked in music for ten years, and has a passion for the arts and its power to connect people. She is Head of Learning at Wigmore Hall, leading an extensive learning and participation programme of creative and collaborative music making with children, young people and adults in a range of settings including schools, hospitals, community centres and care homes, as well as at Wigmore Hall itself. Training and development is central to the programme, supporting the next generation of leaders and musicians to find their own unique pathway through a career in music. Wigmore Hall works in partnership with music colleges and training institutes across its programme, and offers year-long Trainee Music Leader, Apprentice Composer and Royal Academy of Music / Wigmore Hall Fellowship Ensemble schemes. 

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Alistair Walker

Alistair started his musical experiences studying with a local brass band before joining the county music centre in East Sussex. He then joined the East Sussex Preparatory College of Music - a six form college specialising in musical education. At 21 he joined Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and in 1997 attended the post graduate jazz course at Trinity Laban. 

Alistair has worked professionally with such pop acts as Bellowhead, Paul Weller, The Divine comedy, My life Story, Martine Mclutcheon, Claire Martin, Leo Sayer, Paul Weller, Death in Vegas, Aqualung and the Greg Allman Band. Alistair has also worked with many Jazz and Big bands such as the The Syd Laurance Orchestra, Glenn Miller UK Orchestra and many ensembles in and around London.

During his teaching career Alistair has worked for Greenwich, Lewisham and Croydon Music services before taking up a fulltime post for Lambeth music Service in 2003. Alistair has the post of Tuition Lead at Lambeth Music Service. This role includes teaching in whole class, small group and one to one situations, managing exams, creating repertoire, allocating work to tutors, designing teaching projects and holiday courses, performing and conducting.

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Robert Wells

Robert studied music, composition and education which resulted in a PhD combining these things. His career has led him to crisscross education teaching in prison, sixth-form and higher education; most recently Robert qualified as a primary teacher. He has worked in the non-formal sector leading projects for most of the London orchestras and larger venues as well as a multitude of smaller music education companies. He’s probably best known for his time at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he was professor and programme leader for their education and community work. Robert is now leading similar work for Trinity Laban Conservatoire, working part time in a primary school, and doing other interesting projects such as Musical Futures.

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The one day event is jam-packed with speakers, panel discussions and opportunities to connect with employers and individuals. Lunch and refreshments are included too.

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Concessions available for Trinity Laban Students & Alumni, along with current college/university students.

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