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Panel Discussion: The Future of Music
September 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree - £10
Chaired by Barbican Managing Director, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, panellists from a range of industries discuss music’s place in today’s world.
Tickets: £10, students go FREE – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric Clarke, Heather Professor of Music, University of Oxford
51 years ago, in the same year that The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was released, the American music theorist Leonard Meyer, in a book entitled Music, The Arts and Ideas predicted that music had entered a period of ‘dynamic, fluctuating stasis’ in which it would remain for the foreseeable future. Was he right? And whose music are we talking about – Adèle, Adès, or (King Sunny) Adé?
Lydia Connolly, Director, HarrisonParrott
I will talk about the challenges and opportunities around equality, diversity and inclusivity in today’s and tomorrow’s music industry.
Katie Hasler, Assistant Principal, City of London Academy Highbury Grove
I will present the challenges for music education in schools as well as a few positives. In particular, I will be touching on the effects of ongoing budget cuts in schools, as well as the negative impact of some government rhetoric. On the positive side, I will note the ongoing importance of Music in relation to student wellbeing, as well as the fact that organisations (orchestras, music venues, the BBC) seem to be doing more than ever to engage young people in Music.
Yasmin Hemmings, Learning & Participation Producer, Philharmonia Orchestra
As the most recent to graduate on this panel, I will focus on the ‘next generation’ of people working in the music industry. How can we ensure that young people continue to engage with music (classical in particular), especially when there is less of a focus on the arts within many schools? How might the next generation affect the future of music?