We place artists at the heart of our work and are committed to nurturing their boldest and most insightful work. Over the last three years, funding from Help Musicians UK’s National Grants Programme has enabled us to support music creators to test and experiment with new ideas in our Open Call project, and continue to nurture the next generation of music leaders through our Trainee Music Leader Scheme and Skills Lab training.

Current training programmes include:

Open Call: an open commissioning project that nurtures artists from diverse backgrounds to develop their compositional practice, developing early stage pieces to a work-in-progress stage, and testing new ways to connect their work to audiences.

Royal Academy of Music Fellows: our ongoing partnership with the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), gives their Open Academy Fellow musicians a chance to stretch their performance practice, designing an engaging performance for KS2 audiences around a social theme which adapts and presents high-quality classical and contemporary music using narrative and interaction.

Creative Leadership:

Skills Lab: Three days of training for up to 30 music leaders and musicians looking to develop facilitation skills in creative music making and workshop leading, and the chance to reflect and build on their practice.

Trainee Music Leaders scheme: a year-long training programme for emerging music leaders to develop their skills as creative music leaders in learning and community settings through practical experience, mentoring and training. This year we are supporting 7 Trainee Music Leaders together with 6 national partners, Welsh National Opera, LSO Discovery, Opera North, Orchestras Live, Multi-Story Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia.

Here’s what some of our past trainees have said about their experiences:

“I felt that throughout each project I developed more confidence to connect with new groups of pupils/adults and also I learned a lot from the team members that I had around me – not just the lead artist but also supporting musicians and the other trainees too. I learned a lot more about the style that I have when workshop leading and how to compose/use appropriate songs and material.”

“I learnt from observation, fun ways to approach teaching a complex piece of music to young children and how to encourage them to develop their own creative approach to varying the material.”

To find out more, read our blog pasts written by current and past Trainee Music Leaders, Lauren Brant, Kate Howden and Leanne Sedin.