Professional Pathways Podcast series
Claire Gevaux
Creative Director
1st December 2016
Professional Pathways Podcast series

I’m delighted to share the first of a series of podcast interviews with musicians we have supported over the past 10 years through our Creative Programme. These podcasts delve into the different career paths musicians have chosen since launching their careers whether it’s the promotion of a first EP, finishing post-graduate study or crowdfunding their way to success. The interviews explore how we define a successful music career in the 21st Century and offer examples of innovative approaches musicians have taken to achieve their own version of success.

No.1 The Clarinettist

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing clarinettist, Oliver Pashley about his career journey since leaving Guildhall School of Music and Drama two years ago. Oliver was a recipient of a Help Musicians UK Fleming Award for his Postgraduate study and, following his graduation, successfully auditioned for Southbank Sinfonia. The orchestra, made up of outstanding young professionals provides a much needed springboard into the profession through a nine month fellowship offering crucial experience in orchestral repertoire, chamber music, opera, dance and theatre.

Through this experience, Oliver was selected to perform in the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed new production of Amadeus which returns after its inaugural performance in 1979. It’s not surprising that the genius combination of a stripped back stage, an incredible cast with two rich central roles and a beautifully integrated live orchestra has generated incredible plaudits for Michael Longhurst’s production. We were lucky enough to see the performance this week and it was a feast for the senses and grey matter.

Oliver’s journey has just begun (although he is already founded a contemporary quartet, The Hermes Experiment, performed on the Barbican main stage for a premier of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Hymnos, developed a new interpretation of The Winter’s Tale at the Cockpit in December and has a debut performance at Kings Place in February) but his approach is pragmatic, focused and flexible to new opportunities. He has undoubted musicianship and technical accomplishment but his attitude to work and being entrepreneurial is hugely commendable and empowering his success to date. Oliver’s top tips for new professionals are to be open to change, take as many new experiences as you can and to manage your time well!

We’re really grateful to Oliver for speaking to us during his busy schedule for Amadeus and we hope that you enjoy listening to this podcast on our Soundcloud page

Performances for Amadeus have been extended until March 2017.

More information about Oliver Pashley:

Twitter: @OJPashley