The Trainee Music Leader Scheme is a training programme for musicians of all genres who are passionate about creative music making in community settings. TMLs who are awarded the bursary have the chance to develop their music leadership skills through hands-on experience and training, and learn from experienced music leaders in a supportive environment on placements in London and with our partners Britten Pears Arts, Orchestras Live, Southbank Sinfonia and Welsh National Opera.
What do music leaders do?
Music leaders work with people of all ages and all walks of life. They use music making to encourage and support the creative expression, wellbeing and confidence of the people they work with.
The world of music leadership is diverse and each music leader is unique – with their own musical journey, background, interests and passions, leading them to the communities they want to work with.
How does the scheme work?
Over the 6-month period, trainees engage in Skills Lab training, project observation opportunities and receive mentorship to develop their reflective practice. They gain hands-on experience through project delivery opportunities paid at London Living Wage.
Meet our 2022 cohort of Trainee Music Leaders!
Luisa Gerstein – Supported by Spitalfields Music
Luisa Gerstein is a vocalist, producer and composer living and working in London. Her work centres on the human voice, with a deep passion for harmony, polyphonic singing and rhythm. Collaboration is at the heart of her practice as one fourth of the band Landshapes, founder and musical director of Deep Throat Choir, and member of Blood Moon Project. The choir’s third album, In Order to Know You, was released December 2021, on Bella Union Records. She has also recently co-founded the label Amorphous Sounds, and is working on a program of gigs and releases for 2022.
Manchester based RNCM graduate, violinist and singer-songwriter, Raye comes from a large Indian-Caribbean family, loves travel, collaboration, working in different genres, and is passionate about making music accessible for all and increasing diversity in classical music. She has been a mentor for young creative musicians from London, Manchester and Sheffield, and workshop facilitator in Sheffield schools and the Manchester Band of Boroughs project. Raye also performs extensively as an orchestral and session musician, as well as releasing solo material.
Cathy Hare – Supported by Southbank Sinfonia and Spitalfields Music
Flautist Catherine Hare was a member of Southbank Sinfonia 2020-21 and regularly leads concerts and workshops as a part of Live Music Now, having graduated from the Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music with Distinction in 2018.
In addition to her orchestral work with Southbank Sinfonia, Catherine is committed to widening access for live classical music through a series of concerts and workshops. Her chamber ensemble Campana Duo, with violinist Emma Purslow, specialises in accessible performance and was a Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots ensemble for the 18/19 season. The Campana Duo are delighted to be musicians on the prestigious Live Music Now scheme, regularly performing to a diverse range of people that rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to experience live music.
Ben Knight – Supported by Welsh National Opera and Spitalfields Music
British bass-baritone Ben Knight completed his Masters in Voice with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music and was a 2020/21 Fellow with the Open Academy at the Royal Academy where he had the opportunity to work with Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera and Wigmore Hall.
Ben has performed as a soloist and chorus member on numerous occasions with The Royal Academy as well as with British Youth Opera and Wexford Opera Festival; in which he will be returning again for the 2022 season.
In 2022, he’ll be performing in the spring season operas at English Touring Opera and leading workshops with Great Ormond Street Hospital as well as continuing work as an undergraduate vocal teacher at Kings College London.
Charly Jolly – Supported by Britten Pears Arts and Spitalfields Music
Charly is a clarinet and saxophone player and singer who works creatively and collaboratively with different groups in a wide mix of styles and genres including classical, classical contemporary, jazz, folk and rock including improvisation and devising work.
She has been a member of the avant-rock brass troupe Perhaps Contraption for 10 years and is also a founding member of the Anglo-Italian swing group Hetty and the Jazzato Band, performing in the UK and Italy.
She has also performed as a freelance musician and is passionate about performing as an onstage musician in theatrical work including working as a songwriter and workshop leader for educational theatre projects in Suffolk. She has a deep interest in working in community settings and particularly with people with dementia, leading some intergenerational music sessions in care homes before the pandemic.
New projects include working as a lead vocalist with Mikibos with Mickey Bones from Perhaps Contraption, being part of Christo Squier’s Subatomic residency with Kings College London about cosmic ray data. And her solo project Beekabop, an Early Years interactive show for 0-5 year olds first performed at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2019 which will return to the festival again in 2022.
If you’re interested in joining next year’s cohort of Trainee Music Leaders, you can apply in the autumn when our applications for 2023 open!
Trainee Music Leaders are generously supported by HM Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, The Thistle Trust, The Radcliffe Trust, The Scops Arts Trust and The Late Christopher Vaughan