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In today’s classical news: Scottish Opera is hoping to attract young visitors, female opera stars are paid according to how naked they get onstage, Swiss cellist Daniel Pezzotti dies aged 55.  Staatsoper closes again, censorship of Anna-Lena Schnabel in German public television.

The Times

‘Wear your trainers to the opera’

In years gone by anyone arriving in the dress circle wearing jeans or trainers could expect to be met with rolled eyes and raised voices. But Scottish Opera is hoping to kill off the perception that the genre is the province of sneering elitists.

The Telegraph

Opera has a race problem, but we can’t let bullies censor artists

The rage to censor art is as old as art itself. Since the time of Plato, moralisers have tried to ban certain sorts of music or painting or opera, because they corrupted the moral fibre of the people, encouraged seditious thoughts, or disrespected a monarch. However, the urge to ban has recently taken a new turn.

Classic FM

Female opera stars are paid according to how naked they get onstage

In a bid to save money over the course of the season, female actresses have been told they’ll get a pay cut for wearing a bra – rather than nipple tassels – on stage.

The Strad

Swiss cellist Daniel Pezzotti dies aged 55

Versatile musician with presence in the worlds of classical, jazz and beyond, dies after illness.

Sportz Egde

Yale football player Alex Galland did not kneel; he played trumpet with the band during the national anthem

With all the controversy and divisiveness generated by the current wave of protests during the playing of the national anthem at football games, this story may come as a welcome relief to many of those who are following these events.

Der Tagesspiegel

Warten auf Gretel

Nach ihrem fünftägigen “Präludium” hat die Staatsoper gleich wieder geschlossen, damit die letzten Sanierungsarbeiten ausgeführt werden können. Aber was machen die Mitarbeiter in der Zeit? Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen.

Die Zeit

Was der NDR glaubt, nicht senden zu können

Der Preis, den man für einen Echo Jazz bezahlen muss: Ein 3sat-Dokumentarfilm porträtiert die Saxofonistin Anna-Lena Schnabel und zeigt, wie das Fernsehen Musik zensiert.

Musik heute

Donaueschinger Musiktage enden mit Konzert und Preisen

Mit Uraufführungen von Bunita Marcus, Marton Illes und Chaya Czernowin sind am Sonntagabend die Donaueschinger Musiktage zu Ende gegangen. Komponist Illes wurde am Schlusstag auch mit dem Preis des SWR Symphonieorchesters ausgezeichnet. Der bildende Künstler Olaf Nicolai erhielt zudem den Karl-Sczuka-Preis für Hörspiel als Radiokunst.

El País

Bernard Haitink: “Si quiere una vida tranquila, no dirija ópera”

El legendario director de orquesta holandés, de 88 años, repasa su trayectoria antes de inaugurar la temporada de Ibermúsica al frente de la Sinfónica de Londres

Pizzicato

Renovierung des ‘Grand Théâtre de Genève’ verzögert sich

So wie es das ‘Deutsche Wunder’ nicht mehr gibt, so ist auch kein Verlass mehr auf die Schweizer Pünktlichkeit: Die Renovierungsarbeiten im ‘Grand Théâtre de Genève’ werden voraussichtlich vier Monate länger dauern als geplant, teilte die Stadt Genf mit. Die Wiedereröffnung des Gebäudes ist jetzt für Mitte Januar 2019 vorgesehen.

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  in 1801 Death of German Johann Gottlieb in Dresden

Image: Times photographer James Glossop

(Written on October 23, 2017 )

In today’s news: Andras Schiff return to New York Philharmonic as a Conductor; Opera Director Yuval Sharon awarded MacArthur “Genuis” Grant; Full #OperaPassion Day programme revealed; What the music industry can learn from #MeToo

Broadway World

Andras Schiff to Return to New York Philharmonic as Conductor, Performer

András Schiff will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct and perform J.S. Bach’s Piano Concerto in A major, BWV 1055, and Schumann’s Piano Concerto.

NPR music

Opera Director Yuval Sharon Awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

American opera and theater director Yuval Sharon has earned one of the most prestigious – and lucrative — honors in the arts world.

Pizzicato

Swedish composer Ingvar Lidholm passed away

One of Sweden’s greatest composers of the 20th century, Ingvar Lidholm, has passed away on 17 October at the age of 96, Swedish Radio reported.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for RPS Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer scheme

Emerging composers aged 18 or over are encouraged to apply for the RPS Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer scheme. The successful applicant will receive a £2,000 commission and mentoring from the Wigmore Hall’s composer in residence, Helen Grime.

Opera Now

Full #OperaPassion Day programme revealed

BBC Arts Digital is to join forces with eight leading UK opera companies and major cultural institutions for a day of live streaming for #OperaPassion Day (19 October).

BBC News

Sir Tom Jones: Abuse is common in music industry too

The singer was discussing the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein in an interview with the BBC.

Access All Areas

Industry body UK Music CEO unveils plans to protect grassroots venues

The proposed crackdown would force developers to consider the impact their schemes could have on nearby music venues and take steps to ensure their continued survival.

Huffington Post

Lara Baker: What the music industry can learn from #MeToo

This is a wake-up call for us all. It’s not enough to fight for equal opportunities and equal pay for women in music; we need to address the sexist attitudes and behaviours that are so ingrained in our business and always have been.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Joachim, Jim und Jimi

Mit dem Karl Ratzer Trio hat die Saison virtuos und reizvoll begonnen – doch bis zum bis zum Jahresende haben die Organisatoren von “Jazz am See” noch vier weitere, vielversprechende Konzerte im Winterprogramm.

Concerti

Die mit dem Riesenwesen kämpfte

Heute vor 30 Jahren starb die britische Cellistin Jacqueline du Pré. Ihre Musik, allen voran ihre Interpretation des Elgar-Cellokonzerts, ist unvergessen.

Klassikakzente

Ludovico Einaudi kommt nach Deutschland

Ludovico Einaudi kündigt für das Frühjahr 2018 seine erste Arenatournee durch Deutschland an.

Musik Heute

Oper Stuttgart “wütend” wegen längeren Hausarrests für Serebrennikow

Die Oper Stuttgart hat erschüttert auf die Verlängerung des Hausarrests für den russischen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow reagiert.

France Musique

Selon une étude britannique, les musiciens sont particulièrement touchés par la dépression

A Londres, l’université de Westminster a publié une enquête sur la santé mentale des musiciens. Selon les résultats de cette étude, les difficultés liées à la carrière musicale favoriseraient l’apparition de dépression et crises de panique chez les artistes.

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Klassik.com: #Komponist Ingvar ist tot

BR-Klassik: Der schwedische Komponist Ingvar Lidholm ist im Alter von 96 Jahren gestorben

Musik-Heute: . wählt zum “Künstler des Jahres”

 

Photo: Jacqueline du Pré © Warner Classics

(Written on October 19, 2017 )

In today’s news: Applications open for Noted Fellowship, and Virtuoso sisters claim to have solved Proust’s musical puzzle. Hossein Pishkar wins German conductor’s prize, Berlin State Operato re-open, and France Musique dedicates this week to Barbara Hannigan.

The Times

Revealed: the lusty lungs of the (not so) innocent choirboys

Why do we sing? Why do choirboys exult to the heavens, their transcendent tones filling cathedrals at evensong?

The Guardian

Virtuoso sisters claim to have solved Proust’s musical puzzle

Melody that plays role in author’s masterpiece may be work of little-known French composer .

Classical Music

Applications open for Noted Fellowship

The Noted Fellowship is inviting applications from young innovators in the arts administration and creative fields.

Music Week

Bristol Music Trust hosts event to help disabled people work in music industry

The Bristol Music Trust is hosting a major event today (September 29) to highlight the barriers faced by young disabled people trying to break into the music industry.

Limelight

Sydney Symphony Orchestra supports marriage equality

The orchestra’s board, musicians and CEO have affirmed their support for the YES campaign following community backlash.

Klassik.com

Deutscher Dirigentenpreis für Hossein Pishkar

Der iranische Dirigent Hossein Pishkar ist Gewinner des diesjährigen Deutschen Dirigentenpreises, der mit 20.000 Euro dotiert ist.

Klassik Heute

Wiedereröffnung der Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Die Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird morgen nach sieben Jahren Sanierung und Umbauzeit wiedereröffnet.

Codex Flores

Bilanz des Beethovenfestes Bonn 2017

Das Beethovenfest Bonn 2017 bilanziert mit einer durchschnittlichen Auslastung von «deutlich über 70 Prozent» leicht besser als im Vorjahr. Gut ein Drittel der insgesamt 55 Konzerte war ausverkauft.

France Musique

Journée Barbara Hannigan sur France Musique

France Musique consacre la journée du lundi 2 octobre à la soprano et chef d’orchestre canadienne Barbara Hannigan, journée accompagnée d’une série de grands entretiens diffusée dans la semaine du 2 au 6 octobre.

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Parallax at Kraftwerk Berlin

Hossein Pishkar ©WDR/Thomas Kost

 

 

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(Written on October 2, 2017 )

In today’s news: Barbara Hannigan speaks to Ben Lawrence, Nick Hornby’s “Fever Pitch” has become an opera, and Brexit might threaten UK’s music industry. 2.200 visitors at choir conference “chor.com”, Johannes Krahl wins organ competition in Freiberg, and Bamberg Symphony to open its new season.

Evening Standard

Classical concert raises £30,000 for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster

75 former residents of the tower block in Kensington were among the 850-strong audience at Cadogan hall for the three-hour performance.

Daily Mail

Scientist turns the sound of irregular heartbeats into classical music

It is hoped that the experimental project may help doctors better diagnose the condition of heart arrhythmia.

The Telegraph

Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan serves the music, not the audience

Ben Lawrence speaks to the 46-year old opera veteran about her ability to draw an audience into the fragile emotional state of the characters she plays on stage.

Independent

Nick Hornby’s ‘Fever Pitch’ has become an opera

Stage version of the football autobiography features 16 original songs, using popular football chants as hooks and riffs.

Huffington Post

Brexit is a huge potential threat to the UK’s booming music industry

British music exports are higher than ever at £365million in 2016, but uncertainty over Brexit threatens its future.

Pizzicato

Ben Glassberg Wins Besançon Conducting Competition

The 55th international competition for young conductors in Besançon ended yesterday evening with the victory of the British conductor Ben Glassberg, 23.

Limelight

Bel Canto and Elizabeth Connell Prize winners announced

The Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation awards prizes to mezzo Bronwyn Douglass and soprano Katie Lowe.

NMZ

chor.com: 2.200 Kongressteilnehmer leiten Trendwende in der Musikszene ein

Über 200 Veranstaltungen bot der Branchentreff chor.com in Dortmund, der an diesem Sonntag zu Ende ging.

Klassik.com

Johannes Krahl gewinnt Silbermann-Orgelwettbewerb in Freiberg

Der 18-jährige Organist Johannes Krahl hat beim Gottfried-Silbermann-Orgelwettbewerb, der in diesem Jahr zum 13. Mal ausgetragen wurde, den ersten Platz belegt.

Klassik Heute

Saisoneröffnung mit Chefdirigent Jakub Hrůša in Bamberg

Chefdirigent Jakub Hrůša sagt über den Komponisten Josef Suk es sei einer, auf den wir aufmerksam machen wollen.

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in 1971 Birth of Russian Anna

Bronwyn Douglass © The Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation

 

 

 

 

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(Written on September 18, 2017 )

Everyone listens to music. We can surely all agree that music is a big part of our lives, whether that be listening to the radio or a Spotify playlist on the way to work, letting our hair down in a nightclub on a Friday night, or watching a visiting orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, music is something that everyone can relate to. So why are researchers warning of the extinction of music in secondary schools in England?

The government introduced the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) in 2010, with a goal to increase the take-up of ‘core’ academic subjects like mathematics and science. This move, however, has left the arts lagging behind. The Ebacc does leave space for students to take arts subjects and there is no solid evidence that the new syllabus has affected GCSE arts subject entries. However, in the New Schools Network report on the EBacc and the arts, it has been found that ‘schools have misunderstood the intention behind the EBacc, using its introduction to reduce funding for the teaching of the arts.’ This has therefore led to a decline in the number of qualified arts teachers, correlating with declining figures on music teacher PGCE courses.

The music industry contributes £3.5 billion to the economy, and it is well known that arts education improves job prospects by making young people more creative, tolerant and broad-minded. It is therefore strange that it is not taken as seriously as one of the ‘core subjects’ that the government view as most important to a child’s education. Catherine McKinnell stated in debates on arts subject inclusion and petition in February 2016: ‘I feel that the Government’s policy and approach at the moment fundamentally risks undermining the benefits that can come from that experience… at the most fundamental level, we need these skills for our economy. If we put off children and young people who can flourish in those areas even though they may struggle in some other ones, the evidence shows that that would be a worrying trend.’

Photograph: Newsteam

Not only does music enrich the economy, but it is also good for you. A study from the University of London’s Institute of Education ‘found that exposing children to classical music can aid in developing better concentration levels, self-discipline and social skills.’ Music is both valuable for the economy and for the individual and in Finland, teaching music and learning to play an instrument is the norm. It is, as stated by Stephen Moss in his article, Why not put music at the heart of education?, ‘the foundation of  children’s schooling (in Finland); it should be the model for us to follow.’

So what are we waiting for?

(Written on August 17, 2017 )

A musician’s career is a very exciting one. Being able to perform and show an audience what you love is a luxury many people in other professional fields would be envious of. However, with the highs also come the lows: what if the audience don’t like you? What if the critics don’t like your interpretation? Musicians can both struggle financially and work unsociable hours. Mental health problems can therefore be a serious issue within the industry, one in which music charities are beginning to address.

Help Musicians UK is an organisation with an acute awareness of the problems musicians can face. In 2016 they launched the campaign, Mental Health Campaign – Music and Depression, aiming to break down stigma and start conversations within the music industry about depression and anxiety. The charity, Music and Depression, commissioned the first academic study, ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’, on the relationship between musicians and mental health.

The study, performed by the University of Winchester, found that 71.1% of all respondents believed they had suffered from panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety at some stage of their career, while 68% reported they had suffered from depression. The findings suggested that musicians might be up to three times more likely to suffer from mental health problems than the general public. This was due to a number of reasons, varying from unregulated working conditions and irregular hours to a belief that musical identity shaped self-worth.

The findings found that there is an urgent need for an accessible service for people who work in the music industry. Since the launch of the campaign in 2016, Help Musicians UK have announced a new fundraising campaign for the world’s first dedicated 24/7 mental health service for people working in the industry. The service will provide both listening and advice services, as well as clinical medical, therapeutic and welfare facilities for those who need it.

Classical Music Magazine – Photo credit: Tharakorn/Shutterstock.com

 

(Written on August 1, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Brindley Sherratt gives advice to a younger generation of singers, Birmingham Conservatoire appoints international chair in cello, and YCAT announces two new artists. Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek has died aged 71, and Paris will open the doors of its monuments for classical music performances this June.

Guardian

Singing? I’m still trying to get the hang of it

Singing was never his first choice, but three decades into an internationally acclaimed career, British bass Brindley Sherratt puts pen to paper to risk a few words of advice for a younger generation.

Music Teacher

Birmingham Conservatoire appoints international chair in cello

Jian Wang has been appointed as Birmingham Conservatoire’s international chair in cello. He will visit Birmingham Conservatoire on a regular basic, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Classical Music Magazine

YCAT announces two new artists

YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) has selected pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula and cellist Jamal Aliyev for representation following the Public Final Auditions at Wigmore Hall on 25 May.

Chicago Tribune

Don’t call It Brexit radio

Had it launched at any other time, Union JACK might not have attracted quite so much attention. 

LA Weekly

Superstar Pianist Yuja Wang Is Embracing the Darker Side of Classical Music, and It’s Thrilling

Yuja Wang brought the requisite star power and overt glamour that nearly filled Disney Hall on Friday night, as the astonishing Chinese pianist reunited with simpatico conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic and continued her recent obsession with the morbidly engrossing Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.

Le Figaro

Les monuments de Paris ouvrent leurs portes à la musique classique

Le Festival de Paris proposera pour sa première édition, du 9 au 29 juin, cinq concerts dont le premier se déroulera à la Tour Eiffel avec la soprano Patricia Petibon.

Quebec Huffington Post

Gregory Charles lance une école de musique virtuelle

Ça allait de soi, pour un aussi grand amoureux de musique, qui prend tant de plaisir à transmettre ses connaissances : Gregory Charles annonçait mercredi matin la mise sur pied de l’Académie Gregory, une école de musique virtuelle dont le premier tutoriel, Je suis pianiste, enseignera les rudiments du piano, à compter du 1erseptembre prochain.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Pianist ohne Nostalgie

Der französische Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard denkt an die Zukunft der Klaviermusik. Dafür wird er in München mit dem Siemens-Musikpreis ausgezeichnet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Jiri Belohlavek ist tot

Er führte die tschechische Philharmonie zu internationaler Anerkennung. Jiri Belohlavek ist nach schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben.

neue musikzeitung

Evangelische Kirche sieht Elbphilharmonie als G20-Ort kritisch

Die Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) sieht die Elbphilharmonie als Veranstaltungsort für den G20-Gipfel in Hamburg kritisch.

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BBC Music Magazine  Whose tune is it anyway? We take a look at works of classical music which are often misattributed
Music History  in 1776 Birth of John George .

Image: Jiri Belohlavek

(Written on June 1, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Steven Isserlis donates his Glashütte prize money, and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition will close after 60 years. Thierry Fischer extends his contract with the Utah Symphony, and Kevin Zhu becomes the youngest ever winner of the Menuhin Prize.  Jon Webster steps down as MMF President, and enjoy some Bach performed on the Baritone saxophone.

The Strad

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives €25,000 Glashütte Original Music Festival Award

The artist will donate his cash prize to the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, London Music Masters and Rhapsody in School programmes.

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati World Piano Competition won’t play it again

After 60 years, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition is closing its doors. The chief reason was financial, said Jack Rouse, chairman of the board. Despite generous donors in recent years, the competition was unable to raise the $300,000 needed to continue to exist.

Pizzicato

Utah Symphony Keeps Music Director Thierry Fischer Through 2021-22 Season

The Utah Symphony announced an extension of Thierry Fischer’s contract as Music Director through the 2021-22 season. The agreement extends the current contract, which was signed to expire in 2019. Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer (56) is in this position since 2011.

The Violin Channel

Kevin Zhu, 16 – Youngest Menuhin Competition Prize Winner

16 year old American violinist Kevin Zhu is quickly building an impressive international reputation as a prodigious young talent of enormous potential.

CMUSE

Bach Cello Suite Performed on Baritone Saxophone

There are few pieces that are more frequently performed and recognized than Bach’s Cello Suites. Noah Bedrin has performed one of the purest and arrangements of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 using a baritone saxophone.

Music Business Worldwide

‘Music Industry Legend’ Jon Webster steps down as MMF President

The exec has resigned in order to pursue a number of external projects – including completion of a book about his time at Virgin Records.

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Today In Music  1688 – Christian August Jacobi, composer was born

Guardian Classical  Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer review – thought-provoking and exhilarating Bartók

Classical Music  The Poetry of Mozart – Argonaut Online https://t.co/aXEXLQ2fzB
Image: The Strad, Steven Isserlis

(Written on May 25, 2017 )

In today’s news: The New York Times reports that Murray is working on a classical music tour, and the German Orchestra Association criticises the AFD party. The Barbican’s Sound Unbound weekender set to give classical music a festival feel, and Daniel Barenboim gives warning concerning the french presidential election. For the first time since the Islamic Revolution, a concert by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was conducted by a Western maestro, and Record Store Day (April 22) celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year.

Classical Music Magazine

Proms 2017: more new venues, politics and religion, and tributes to Sargent

In addition to its core Royal Albert Hall programme and chamber music series in Cadogan Hall, the 2017 season (14 July – 9 September) will see Proms concerts take place at five different venues.

Nerdist

Bill Murray is Working on a Classical Music Tour

The New York Times reports that Murray is currently in a Manhattan studio working on the program, which pairs chamber music led by the cellist Jan Vogler, who has played with New York Philharmonic, with songs and literary readings by Murray.

FactMag

Vinyl fantasy: Is the record boom bad for new music?

But if the vinyl industry is booming, why is it so hard for labels to sell new music? Oli Warwick investigates.

The New York Times

Wegbereiter des Impressionismus

Édouard Lalo steht im Mittelpunkt des Musik-Features auf BR Klassik, das sich der Kammermusik des beinahe in Vergessenheit geratenen französischen Komponisten widmet.

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Orchestervereinigung kritisiert AfD

Wenn eine Partei definiere, was zum Beispiel Orchester und Musiktheater spielen dürfen, etablierten sich totalitäre Mechanismen.

klassik.com

Stiftung Mozarteum erwirbt Brief von Maria Anna Mozart

Salzburg, 21.04.2017. Die Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg hat einen Originalbrief von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Schwester Maria Anna, genannt “Nannerl”, erworben.Es handelt sich laut einer Mitteilung des Mozarteums um einen der persönlichsten und aufschlussrechsten Berichte über die Kindheit Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts.

musik heute

Barenboim: Patriotismus statt Nationalismus in Europa

Berlin – Vor der Präsidentschaftswahl in Frankreich hat der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (74) vor einer weiteren Stärkung des Nationalismus in Europa gewarnt.

Le Parisien

Un chef français à la baguette à Téhéran, une première depuis la révolution

Pour la première fois depuis la révolution islamique, un concert de l’Orchestre symphonique de Téhéran a été dirigé mercredi soir par un maestro occidental, témoignant du réchauffement des liens culturels entre l’Iran et l’Europe.

WQXR

20 Great Music Compositions Inspired by Shakespeare

Sunday is Shakespeare’s 453rd birthday and 401st deathday (yeah, thems the breaks). He might not be around to celebrate those anniversaries, but you sure are.

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nprmusic  Sylvia Moy, a songwriter and one of the first female producers at Motown Records, has died at the age of 78.

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(Written on April 21, 2017 )

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 mi.mu 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 )