Midge Ure is the musician joining Chris in the latest I Never Thought It Would Happen episode to discuss the highs to the lows of his career, considered with lots of humour, self deprecation and keen insight.
As we hit the first anniversary of Covid’s devastating impact on the music ecosystem, let’s take a moment to reflect on how the crisis has hurt musicians; those who make the music that has sustained the entire nation through the crisis.
"For all of us, 2020 was one of the most challenging years in our collective history, and it certainly was within the 99 year history of Help Musicians, as we enter our centenary year."
Graham Sheffield delivers a speech at the Association of British Orchestras conference 2021.
The events of March 2020 pressed pause on live music and in the classical world, orchestras across the globe downed their instruments. However, in hardship creativity can flourish, and it was during this time that violinist Ellie Consta was inspired to form UK’s first all-female and non-binary string orchestra: Her Ensemble.
Opera singer Bibi Heal was supported by the Fusion Fund to create Song Surgery, a project that explored the use of poetry and music to improve mental health and wellbeing. Here she reflects on how Fusion gave her the freedom to research and develop the project, as well as how she is adapting the project to suit the current climate of self-isolation.
Decca-signed pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason received a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award in 2018. Here, she tells us about her journey with the piano and how the award has helped her career.