Developing Music Leaders
For some time Orchestras Live has been working to broaden the diversity of skilled music leaders who work with orchestras on the delivery of their projects. This has included a significant initiative to develop Deaf and Disabled music leaders, with the aim of providing a long-term training and mentoring pathway for emerging artists who could become freelance professional music leaders working in the orchestral sector and beyond.
In partnership with Essex Music Hub, Essex County Cultural Development and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, we commissioned Drake Music to research existing musicians who identify themselves as Deaf and Disabled living in or around Essex. People who expressed interest were invited to several taster music workshops where they met and made music with a team from Drake Music and the RPO. Further sessions are being planned over the summer, after which we intend to implement a mentoring programme tailored to the needs of specific individuals who will develop their skills through working closely with the RPO.
We hope the outcome of this investment will be some experienced Disabled music leaders who can help orchestras better represent this country’s broad, diverse society in their work. For Orchestras Live it is a contribution towards strategic workforce development and a practical example of how small steps can add up to national change in attitudes and actions.
Find out more about what has been going on by taking a look at our Storify.
Tim Steiner and James Rose.