Creative Leadership

Skills Lab Academy North: Music Inspired By Place

Abimaro Gunnell & Michael Betteridge

Fri 28 Apr 2023, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Rooftop Bar, Leeds Conservatoire

A practical training day exploring how a place can inspire collaborative music-making in community settings

PRICE: £55 individuals/ £95 organisations/ book all 4 dates before 23rd January and get one free!

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Places are full of interesting stories and people. Music is an amazing creative tool to bring communities together to celebrate the place that they live. For this session we travel north to Orchestras Live’s home in the vibrant city of Leeds for a practical session exploring how a place can inspire collaborative music-making.

The third of our Skills Lab Academy sessions, professional singer-songwriter and music leader Abimaro Gunnell will take the reins, guiding participants through a range of her individual approaches and techniques to music-leading. This will build on games, warm-ups and other techniques discussed in previous Skills Lab sessions. 

We will also be joined by Manchester-based composer Michael Betteridge who will focus on how music leaders can use place as a central focus for creative music-making. Through practical exercises and discussion, participants will have a chance to try out new approaches and reflect on the role of the artist in creating place-based work. Do bring your instrument if you have one, or come prepared to use your voice!

Presented in partnership with Orchestras Live.


Spitalfields Music is committed to making the course as accessible as possible. Three fully-funded bursary places are available by application. Please complete this form by 9am on Thursday 12th January.

We will also consider supporting other access and/or caring costs to enable as many people to attend as possible. Contact Nicole Artingstall with any access questions: ku.gro.cisumsdleiflatips@elocin


Skills Lab Academy is generously supported by The Late Christopher Vaughan, SHM Foundation, The Wingate Foundation and other individual donors. 



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Venue information

Rooftop Bar, Leeds Conservatoire

Leeds Conservatoire
3 Quarry Hill
United Kingdom

Nearest station is Leeds Railway Station (14 mins walk)

Buses: 49, 50, 50A from Leeds City Centre