Skills Lab: Creative Communities | Meet our guest leaders

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Meet our Skills Lab: Creative Communities guest leaders!  

In 2020 we made a formal commitment to relook at all the freelance artists with whom we work and ensure that we have curated programmes representative of our local communities. With this in mind, we are proud to introduce our Skills Lab: Creative Communities guest leaders.

Aga Serugo-Lugois a vocal animateur, workshop leader, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. Aga’s creative and professional development workshop experience covers a wide range of settings – from opera companies, special educational needs and schools, to working in detention centres and with those affected by homelessness.    

Gawain Hewittis an artist and composer, particularly known for combining technology with more traditional musical and artistic practices. Much of Gawain’s work is collaborative and co-created, providing a platform for communities that might otherwise not be heard and devaluing the artistic ego through the involvement of other people in the creative process. 

Paul Cree is a rapper, poet, beatboxer and educator who co-runs Beats & Elements, a hip-hop theatre company. 

Sarah Freestone is a freelance guitarist, arranger, composer, conductor, presenter, and violinist with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Sarah’s creative composition work aims to enable any group of people to develop their understanding of the building blocks of composition in order to create their own work, regardless of age or ability.Click on the links below to see some of Sarah’s recent work: 

Zoe Palmer  is a writer and creative facilitator whose music theatre productions for young audiences have toured across the UK and abroad. She is part of a creative team that holds a longterm residency at The Royal London Hospital and has developed Music for Birth and Bonding – an approach to using music to support mothers suffering from post-natal depression.  She is a visiting professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

Amina Hussain  is a music therapist, co-director of String of Hearts, and Principal Flute at Manchester Camerata orchestra. Her work with communities covers a broad range of settings, from topical workshops in mainstream schools to multisensory experiences within special educational needs. Amina has a particular interest in music as therapy for dementia and developing relationships and encouraging personal and musical growth. 

Freya Wynn-Jones is a director, singer and opera maker working across a wide range of educational and community settings. With a particular interest in the relationship between theatre and vocal art, Freya works on numerous collaborations to write, compose and devise new work.

To find out more about Skills Lab: Creative Communities and book tickets click here.

To find out more about our Skills Lab main leaders, click here. 

We are hugely grateful for the support of Help Musicians UK, the Scops Arts Trust, The Garrick Charitable Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and The Cultural Recovery Fund to help cover the costs of these courses, thereby ensuring accessible pricing for musicians in these challenging times.