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Starting Out in the Classical Music Business

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START DATE 7 March 2017
START TIME 06:15pm

Concert Room (2nd Floor), Grove B building, Middlesex University, the Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 7 March 2017
END TIME 08:00pm

Jane Williams from the London Symphony Orchestra hosts this colloquium for aspiring musicians

Chaired by Dr Chris Dromey, Associate Professor in Music Business & Arts Management, join Jane Williams from the London Symphony Orchestra for this colloquium for aspiring performers and administrators.

What is the classical music scene? What do you need to know to enter it as a professional? What is the ‘ecosystem’ of a professional orchestra?

Aimed at aspiring performers and administrators, this colloquium will ‘map’ the scene, scrutinising different styles of concert presentation, the benefits of training and internship schemes, and begin to suggest ways in which ‘citizen-activist-musicians’ can participate in and help reinvent the classical music business.


Jane Williams is an arts manager and consultant working in a variety of environments.  A trained musician, she has specialist knowledge of orchestral music and opera, including contemporary classical.

In addition to her freelance work for organisations such as the British Council and Southbank Centre, she has held senior management positions with English National Opera, the London Sinfonietta and Music Sales publishing, gaining significant experience in all aspects of curating, planning and delivering classical music-based events including performances, tours and conferences.

She currently programmes the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s instrumental Masters in Orchestral Artistry, working with the London Symphony Orchestra.  She is a regularly invited to be a jury member for festivals and composer award schemes.

This colloquium is part of the Music Concerts and Colloquia hosted by the Department of Performing Arts.

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