Career Development Sessions with YCAT and Help Musicians UK

Young Classical Artists Trust and Help Musicians UK are launching a series of free professional development events for emerging classical artists.

Exploring some of the key issues and opportunities for young freelancers, the events will bring together creative pioneers and industry experts to inspire and inform the next generation of creative artists, offering a valuable networking platform and an opportunity to share ideas and experiences.

The initiative builds on a longstanding partnership between the two charities, which both provide crucial early career support to musicians.

The sessions will take place monthly at YCAT’s headquarters in Somerset House, and Help Musicians UK’s offices in Kings Cross.

Confirmed speakers include violinist Thomas Gould, composer Laura Bowler, editor of Classical Music Magazine Kimon Daltas and pianist Alexandra Dariescu.

Session 1: Artist as creative entrepreneur
Somerset House
Thursday 11 February
Panel 3.30pm – 5pm, followed by networking drinks

The discussion will focus on initiating and developing creative projects, what it means to be a portfolio career artist and how to use your own projects to develop your practice and earn an income.

Our panel will include:

ycat stripThomas Gould, a solo violinist who is as well known for his performances with world class orchestras, as he is for reaching new audiences at events such as Nonclassical and Latitude Festival. A strong advocate of contemporary music, Thomas has given numerous world, UK and London premières, including concertos by Nico Muhly, John Woolrich and Hans Abrahams. He is also currently leader of Aurora Orchestra and associate leader of Britten Sinfonia.

Jonathan Bloxham, cellist and conductor who is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Northern Chords Festival, an event that aims to break down any perceived barriers to classical music for audiences of all ages.

Laura Jayne Bowler, composer, opera director, mezzo-soprano and conductor. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Size Zero Opera, a company specialising in the creation and performance of contemporary opera with emerging opera creatives in exciting and challenging ways. Laura is currently composer in residence at Manchester Camerata Orchestra, professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and lecturer in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music.

The panel will be chaired by Alasdair Tait (Chief Executive & Artistic Director, YCAT)

Free to attend but book your place here.

Session 2 (PR, press and self-promotion) will take place on Tuesday 8 March and Session 3 (Freelancing, agents and fees) will be in April (TBC). 

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