Learning & Participation

Skills Lab Academy: Collaborative facilitation in music leading

Monday 14th February , 10am-5pm (2022)

Studio Theatre, Brady Arts & Community Centre, Hanbury Street, E1 5HU

Led by Abimaro Gunnell alongside guest leader Kate Whitley from The Multi-Story Orchestra and support musicians Elsa Bradley and Yusuf Narcin.

PRICE: £45/ £135 early bird price to attend all four Skills Lab days

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How can leaders give an equal weight to all the voices in the room in creative music-making sessions?   

Skills Lab Academy 2022 opens with a day exploring collaborative facilitation. This session, delivered in partnership with The Multi-Story Orchestra, will equip both emerging and established music leaders with the skills to lead and collaborate confidently and effectively on voice and instruments.  

Led by Abimaro Gunnell, the morning will be spent exploring essential music workshop skills including a range of warm-up, ice breaker activities and songs. In the afternoon, Guest Leader Kate Whitley, Artistic Director of The Multi-Story Orchestra, will discuss the different roles you might encounter in a workshop and equip participants with approaches to creative music collaboration that ensure everyone’s voices are heard.   

Book all four Skills Lab sessions by Thursday 10th February 2022 and get one free! (Total price £135 instead of £180). Discount will be automatically applied when you add all four to your basket.


If you have any access requirements, and/or need financial assistance to cover the cost of access requirements, please contact us.

Support for care commitments

We can offer some assistance for care commitments such as childcare, which might otherwise affect your ability to take part. To enquire please email us.

Skills Lab Academy is generously supported by the Scops Arts Trust, The Thistle Trust and HM Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.


This year’s Skills Labs workshops will all be held in-person (in line with current government guidelines). However, as we want to ensure that our workshops are accessible to all who wish to take part, please get in touch to let us know if attending in person isn’t preferable or possible for you, so we can discuss alternative options.

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Venue information

Studio Theatre, Brady Arts & Community Centre, Hanbury Street, E1 5HU

192-196 Hanbury Street
E1 5HU
United Kingdom

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Whitechapel (5 mins)
Walking times are given in brackets.


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Skills Lab Academy is an interactive, professional training course for musicians of all genres who want to develop skills in creative music making and leadership within a wide range of community settings.