Most of the work that I do in the arts is on the management side of things, very rarely am I actually in the room when the work is being made. This May was different, I spent a week with Royal Academy of Music Open Academy students and the incredibly talented James Rose. I wrote about the utter focus of these musicians here.
James has just released his video (which he edited) of this week.
I am so proud to be involved in this project, you can occasionally see me appearing in the film – the first time I have done so in my wheelchair. But my work is mostly off camera – I was interviewing all of the people, getting them to explain what the project was really like for them.
During the week I was responsible for tweeting, face booking and instagramming exciting moments as they happened.
Afterwards I wrote an evaluation report on the project as a whole, which ACE was impressed with!
Jen has done a fantastic job in capturing the project and in adapting to the unpredictable nature of it. She had a specific and unique role as she also co-ordinated the commentary on social media for the project. She has the ability to organise and adapt positively and I hope to work with her in the future.
Music has been really important for me in gaining my health, and it is something I am continually working on. My band has a really important concert coming up – celebrating its 4oth year and I am practicing hard for that (come and watch!). In addition I am working towards my music theory so that I can get on with my grades, the next one is grade 6. As such it is wonderful to be involved in finding ways that music can be made accessible to as many people as possible.
I really hope that James continues on his musical journey, both in terms of composing and conducting and I look forward to working with him in the future.
My full evaluation report can be downloaded here