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Musical performance and education in a post-Covid world (Conference Live Stream)

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Explore the post Covid musical landscape of performance and education.

This important conference – hosted by Chetham’s School of Music – will discuss the issues that will shape the future of our industry.

Expert speakers and panelists from across Manchester and the UK – including educators, musicians, venue operators and music industry leaders – will come together on the stage of The Stoller Hall at Chetham’s.

Delegates are invited to join the discussion online through our live stream. Watch live on this page.

We look forward to welcoming you to this agenda setting conference at this critical time for the music industry.


Sessions, panel discussions and workshops:

9am – 9.15am: Welcome!

9.15am – 10am:

Case Study: Manchester as a musical city

Discuss the future of music in a joined up city; from early years access to world class orchestras. What will collaboration and performance look like as we rebuild. What does it mean for a city for cultural organisations to work in this way?

Professor Linda Merrick; Principal, Royal Northern College of Music
Simon Webb; Director, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Anna Hirst; Head of Artistic Planning, Hallé
Carolyn Baxendale MBE; Head of Bolton Music Service, GM Music Hub lead
Tom Redmond; Joint Principal and Director of Music, Chetham’s School of Music
Bob Riley; CEO, Manchester Camerata



What should collaboration look like in the current music education landscape? What characterises a great partnership? How can collaboration contribute to better outcomes for students and communities? Has Covid-19 taught us anything about collaboration?

Emma Cunliffe; Outreach Programme Manager, Chetham’s
Dr John Wm Stephens CBE FCCT; CEO Brighter Futures Education Trust, Chair of the GM Hub Leadership Group (Board) for All
Nick Thorne, Executive Director, Orchestras for All

10.45 – 11.15am: BREAK

11.15am – 12pm:

Young musicians

Panellists will discuss the impact of the hurdles and challenges of the last year – and look to the future of youth music making.

Panelists include:
Sarah Alexander OBE: Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Catherine Arlidge MBE: Artistic and Educational director of NCO
Tom Redmond: Director of Music and Artistic Director Chetham’s School of Music


Manchester Music students

Hear directly from some of the most exciting young musicians in the UK, the future of the music industry, including students at Chetham’s School of Music.

12.45 – 1.30pm: LUNCH

1.30 – 2.30pm:

A Creative Approach to Ensemble Development: hosted by award winning tuba player and educator, Ryan Breen

During this session, we will be looking at aspects of musicianship and development that we are broadly familiar with, but with a fresh perspective, to achieve a range of practical outcomes and understanding. In real time, we will explore what the possibilities and implications can be, if aspects of NLP, Dalcroze, Somatics and improvisation among other methods are explored within the music, during an ensemble rehearsal.

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