Nevis Ensemble Training 2020/21

Building Creative Music Workshops
Catherine Arlidge MBE:
Monday 9 November 2020, 11am-1pm

This session will go through the fundaments of putting together creative music sessions including where to find sources and how to structure, deliver, and present activities and projects in community and school settings

As well as playing violin with the CBSO, Catherine Arlidge MBE is Artistic Director of the National Children’s Orchestra, and founder of the Stringcredibles. Her success in widening participation was recognised when she was the first violinist to be awarded the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize which celebrates an outstanding contribution to the UK’s musical life.

Life as a Freelance Musician
Su-a Lee:
Monday 16 November 2020, 11am-1pm 

An invaluable insight into the reality of life as a freelance musician, Su-a will go through the advantages and challenges of this kind of career, with tips on working with orchestras and organisations, how to achieve balance and how to deal with some of the important practical issues that freelance life can throw up.

Su-a is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s most prolific and versatile musicians. Since studying at the Julliard, Su-a has been a long-standing cellist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, she has collaborated with musicians as wide-ranging as Jack Bruce and Martyn Bennett, and performed in all of the world’s great concert venues as well as up mountains, at the Arctic Circle and in schools and hospitals around the country.

Richard Ingham:
Monday 23 November 2020, 11am-1pm

This practical session will take musicians through the fundaments of improvisation, geared towards players from a classical background. It will aim to give confidence and tangible skills to those previously wary of ‘jumping in’. Whilst delivered online, the session will be participatory.

Richard Ingham has an international reputation as a leader in his field and is in great demand across the UK and abroad as a performer, educator, and composer. He has led jazz courses at the University of St Andrews for 25 years, and worked with orchestras including Opera North, RPLO and the Hallé.

Funding I – Basics of Fundraising
Jo Buckley:
Monday 30 November 2020, 11am-1pm

This session will cover the practicalities of where to start when seeking funding as an individual or for an organisational project, including where funding is available, how to find trusts and foundations, how to tailor an application and budget preparation.

Jo Buckley has worked in arts management since graduating from Cambridge University in 2004. After spells with Britten Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia and Live Music Now, she moved to Scotland and was Label Manager for Delphian Records before joining Dunedin Consort for which she is Chief Executive.

Being a Sustainable Musician
Caro Overy –
Monday 7 December 2020, 11am-1pm

This session will go through practical tips that musicians can undertake in both their professional and personal lives to become as ‘green’ and sustainable as they can be, highlighting issues that are overlooked. It will also tie in with Nevis’ 2021 #GreenNevis campaign.

Caro Overy is Creative Carbon Scotland’s Carbon Management Planning Officer, supporting cultural organisations with carbon management. Outside of this role she works as a freelance community musician.

Working in Additional Support Needs (ASN) Environments
Rachel Drury:
Monday 14 December 2020, 11am-1pm

This session will cover the contexts and issues musicians may face when delivering performances or projects for children/young people with additional support needs, and offer solutions and knowledge that can ensure that projects/workshops remain inclusive for all participating.

Rachel is a freelance musician and researcher working predominantly in the field of music education and psychology. She lecture at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and has delivered a number of creative projects for national arts organisations such as Scottish Opera, Children’s Classic Concerts, and Starcatchers.

Funding II – Creative Scotland/Arts Council funding
Jo Buckley:
Monday 11 January 2021, 11am-1pm

As a follow-up to Funding I, this session will look at the ‘big’ applications to Creative Scotland (that also apply the ACE, ACW, ACNI). These funding streams ARE open to individual musicians to run projects, but can appear intimidating. This workshop will address these issues and demystify some of the procedures and language that such forms can present.

Jo Buckley has worked in arts management since graduating from Cambridge University in 2004. After spells with Britten Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia and Live Music Now, she moved to Scotland and was Label Manager for Delphian Records before joining Dunedin Consort for which she is Chief Executive.

Diversity in Programming
Uchenna Nwege:
Monday 18 January 2021, 11am-1pm

This session will explore some of the context surrounding the persistence of canonical programming in classical music, and offer advice on how we can programme in a way that better reflects the societies in which we live, drawing on examples of composers who are long forgotten/neglected for many reasons.

Uchenna’s explorations in creative practice investigate the lives and work of historical Black classical musicians in Britain from the perspective of a performer-curator-activist. Based in London, Uchenna is a freelance oboist, music educator and artistic director of Decus Enemble – a flexible, mixed-instrumental group dedicated to performing lesser-known classical music works for chamber ensemble.

PR and the Arts
Victoria Taylor:
Monday 25 January 2021, 11am-1pm – POSTPONED UNTIL 22 FEBRUARY

Whether running a project and giving a concert, PR is important in ensuring that your music reaches a wider audience. This session will look at how individual musicians can use PR to deal with the press and external agencies to gain publicity and widen the scope of their work.

After studying music at Durham University, Victoria completed an internship at English National Opera before working as Publicist for the BBC Proms and BBC Radio 3 for six years. Whilst at the BBC she also led PR campaigns for BBC Two & BBC Four classical music TV programming and spent time working in the BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music press teams. After moving to Scotland, she worked as Senior Media Officer at the Edinburgh International Festival for three years and is now a freelance communications consultant specialising in classical music and the performing arts across the UK and also internationally with recent and current clients including Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Association of British Orchestras, BBC Arts, East Neuk Festival, Red Note Ensemble, The Night With… and Latvian record label SKANI. 

Marketing for Musicians
Andy Saunders
Monday 1 February 2021, 11am-1pm

This session will look at how musicians can market themselves (detailing the differences between Marketing and PR!) whether as individuals, chamber groups or for projects. Andy is both a professional classical musician and works in arts marketing so can offer a unique insight in the practical considerations musicians have to make.

Andy was Solo Horn, SNG Opera & Ballet, Ljubljana, and has worked with Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Hebrides Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, Paragon EnsembleMember of Daniel’s Beard. He has delivered sessions on Marketing at the Guildhall, developed the successful Cottier Chamber Project, and works with New Music Scotland.

Traditional Scottish playing for Classical Musicians
Donald Grant:
Monday 8 February 2021, 11am-1pm (tbc)

This session will cover traditional Scottish styles and how classically-trained players can employ some of the techniques used by traditional players to improve stylistic playing in the traditional style. We hope that this session can have both in-person and online participants, depending on restrictions. Whilst geared towards strings, all instrumentalists will have something to gain from the session.

Donald plays with the renowned Elias Quartet and is Deputy Head of Chamber Music at the RNCM. His varied career has seen him perform in some the world’s greatest concert venues whilst “breaking down the barriers of what we know as traditional folk music” playing in groups such as GRIT, for which he is principal violin.

Intro to Bookkeeping –  A guide to financial record keeping for Freelancers
Kae Sakurai:
Monday 15 February 2021, 11am-1pm

This session will cover the practicalities of being a self-employed musician including how to register as self-employed, how to prepare for your tax return and small but important issues such as keep track of invoicing and using Excel.