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In partnership with Help Musicians UK,  Thursday 9th March marked the inaugural ‘Yes She Can’ panel event in aid of the UN ‘He For She’ campaign. The aim of the event, organised by ‘Can You CIC It?,’ was to give young women aged 18-25 a chance to find out more about the routes into some of the more under-represented roles within the music industry. CYCI? was founded by Sybil Bell – founder of Independent Venue Week –  and Chloe Ward to provide opportunities for anyone who wants to work and/or perform in the music industry, but who may not be able to access these by formal means such as university or through pre-existing connections.

Panel experts ranged from recording engineers, venue managers, BBC journalists to studio technicians, with practical advice as to how to break into the industry as a young woman. Guest speakers included Assistant Producer at BBC Radio 6 Music Helen Hobday, who humorously suggested that she achieved success through “just turning up every day”, and Guildford Boileroom’s Dominique Frazer, who urges young women to “dig in” and be prepared to work hard. The audience, comprising mainly young women starting out in their careers, were asking all the right questions and seemed engaged throughout the day’s events.

Diversity and representation in the music industry was the main issue tackled throughout the day’s events, and men were not excluded from the dialogue. Wizdom Layne spoke about how to identify a ‘good, bad or god’ opportunity and make effective choices to enable success in your life and career. Musician Kris Halpin demonstrated his gloves, wearable music technology created in collaboration with singer Imogen Heap and disability charity Drake Music.

Later, guests were treated to a talk from London’s Night Czar, performer Amy Lamé, who spoke about the effects of having a 24-hour London and what that would mean for employment opportunities, before there was a chance for attendees to network over pizza, and discuss the afternoon with industry professionals.

It is hoped that events like this one can be repeated in the future, and it will be exciting to see what CYCI? work on next to provide young people with advice and a chance to network with people keen to help out the next generation.

(Written on March 10, 2017 )

Yesterday PRS for Music Foundation announced the fifteen women being supported by their second round of Women Make Music, adding to the first round of 13 women announced in August.

Launched on International Women’s Day 2011, Women Make Music saw an overwhelming number of women apply. Its supporters include Imogen Heap, who said:

“I know they’re out there [female music creators]. I’ve met and heard of a few, but would love to know more and hear more as we’re only hearing one side of the story.”

The participants include Cheryl Frances-Hoad, commissioned by Onyx Brass to create new sounds for brass ensemble, Sarah Gillespie, creating a narrative piece using guitar, double bass, clarinet and song and Laura Mvula, commissioned by Black Voices UK, an all-female a capella group vocal group.

For further details and a full list of artists supported go to the Women Make Music page of the PRS For Music Foundation website.

See Sarah Gillespie performing at The Vortex, Dalston here:

(Written on November 11, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The Telegraph

Placido Domingo Gala, Royal Opera House.

This ‘Celebration’ of the legendary Spanish tenor Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House seemed more like a wake, writes Rupert Christiansen.

The New York Times

Titans Clash Over a Mere Cadenza

Claudio Abbado and Hélène Grimaud’s artistic dispute led to the cancellation of several concerts they were to have performed together.

The Times

Marin Alsop: Joan of Arc is my heroine

The conductor explains why the medieval martyr inspires her – and why the number of female music directors remains low.


Roundhouse’s groundbreaking Reverb festival unveils its line-up for 2012

The Roundhouse’s annual festival of cutting-edge and contemporary classical music, reverb, has revealed its 2012 line-up, with highlights including Aurora Orchestra, Imogen Heap performing with the holst singers, and music by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.


(Written on October 31, 2011 )

PRS for Music Foundation have announced a new initiative supporting four innovative UK musicians who will each take part in a six-week residency in different cities in China, absorbing the culture with a view to writing new music inspired by their new locations and relationships.

The artists selected are Imogen Heap going to Hangzhou, hosted by Westlake Music Festival, Jamie Woon going to Xi’an, home of the legendary terracotta warriors, Gareth Bonello going to Chengdu and Matthew Bourne going to Xiamen and nearby Gu Lang Yu, known as ‘Piano Island’. Imogen Heap and Gareth Bonello are set to depart this week. Gareth will be keeping a blog of his experiences during his time in China.

Watch this space for updates on the four residencies, and visit the PRS for Music Foundation website.

The four residencies are also being supported by the British Council.

(Written on October 10, 2011 )

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, PRS for Music Foundation launched Women Make Music, a new funding initiative for female music creators. The opportunity, which offers up to £5,000 funding to each successful application was featured on The Spectator’s Arts Blog, Night and Day. The article, written by Juliana Farha, explores women in the arts and calls for more female role models to inspire future generations of composers and musicians. Read her article here and find out more about Women Make Music on PRS for Music Foundation’s website. This evening, PRS for Music Foundation and Birds Eye View Film Festival celebrate the launch of Women Make Music with a drinks reception at the Southbank Centre, ahead of a live music to silent film performance at the Women of the World Festival which features music by Imogen Heap.

(Written on March 11, 2011 )