“None of this would have been possible without Help Musicians UK and for this I will be forever grateful to this wonderful organisation and its hard working and committed team!”
Hear from flamenco guitarist Samuel Moore below on how a Career Development Bursary from us helped him with an important project in his music career. We now offer our Transmission and Fusion Funds for career development throughout the year, click here for all the details.
In 2015 Help Musicians UK awarded me a Career Development Bursary to assist with covering the cost of my one-to-one tuition with the world-renowned flamenco guitarist Juan Martin. These lessons were a unique opportunity to study with one of the world’s foremost flamenco exponents and were specifically focused on building my playing towards a unique performance project called 'Evocation, Painting in Words and Music'. This unique performance project was aimed at bringing together three creative media: art, storytelling and music, in a series of concerts hosted at The Leeds Art Gallery. During these events I, and various local writers, interpreted some of the gallery’s 19th century paintings through our respective artistic mediums in front of a live audience.
Working toward this project over the past three years has been a major part of my artistic focus and has been immensely rewarding from a creative point of view. Not only has it allowed me the opportunity to study with and work alongside one of the top flamenco artists in the world, but it has also allowed me to expand my own compositional abilities from the point of view of drawing on the influences of art and literature. The subsequent compositions and improvisations that came about as a result of this were very exciting to work on and pushed me far beyond what I was previously capable of as a musician and composer.
After many years of preparation, the 'Evocation, Painting in Words and Music' concerts took place in the Leeds Art Gallery in May and June 2018 in front of large audiences. The events were a great success and the popularity of them was very rewarding. It was particularly moving to hear from people who attended how much they had enjoyed it. As a testament to the quality of the 'Evocation, Painting in Words and Music' project, the idea has survived beyond the completion of Leeds Art Gallery performances and has recently been booked for another similar performance at the Ilkley Literature Festival. We also have plans to grow the project further in the future.
Collectively, this has been an amazing project to work on and has led to may exciting new opportunities that I would have never expected. None of this would have been possible without Help Musicians UK and for this I will be forever grateful to this wonderful organisation and its hard working and committed team!