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“Digital art does not have the same emotional power as live art. How can it? We’ve spent over 400 years investing in the art of live performance… in order for us to reach anywhere near the point where digital is as emotionally powerful as live, do we need to spend the next 400 years investing in the art of digital?”

From What is the Value of Digital Art?

What is the Value of Digital Art?
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
(Friday 2 October 2020)
Panel discussion on the value of digital art, including percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, Lord Ed Vaizey (UK Government Culture and Digital Minister 2010 – 2016), music director and keyboard player Steven Devine, and chaired by arts consultant David Taylor

How is music programming impacting on our artists and audiences?
Tŷ Cerdd in collaboration with The Privilege Cafe
(Tuesday 18 August 2020)
Solo presentation exploring the people making the programming decisions (based on blog post Are the right people contributing to the conversation about the arts?) and the approach we take to programming


“What we’re talking about is a fundamental change in how we do what we do. So when you’re thinking about innovating, or you’re thinking about changing your business model and you need new creative solutions to the problem that we find ourselves in, then of course you need the most creative people around the table that have the ability to think in a different way. And that does not necessarily mean that our traditional organisational hierarchies are the best way to unlock that creative thinking.”

From BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters with Tom Service

Music Matters with Tom Service
BBC Radio 3
(Saturday 5 August 2020)
Solo interview with Tom Service about how the classical music industry needs to adapt and innovate in order to survive

What innovations do the classical music industry need to make to survive?
European Festivals Association
(Wednesday 10 June 2020)
Solo presentation on the post-COVID-19 future of classical music (based on blog post Does the classical music industry need to innovate to survive?) and the role of festivals within it

The Narratives of the Next Generation
2019 International Society for the Performing Arts Congress, Guadalajara, Mexico
(Wednesday 29 May 2019)
Solo presentation on Attracting New Audiences and Young People as Decision Makers, followed by a group discussion including Elisa Carrillo (Prima Ballerina, Berlin State Ballet), Mario Galeano (Musician, Composer, and Producer, Colombia), Leslie McCue (Artist, Canada), and chaired by David Gaitan (Playwright and Director, Magnifico Entertainment, Mexico)

ABO Conference 2018 – Collaboration, CardiffUs vs Everyone
(Friday 26 January 2018)
Group presentation with fellow ABO Find Your Way Leadership Programme Cohort 2017/18 (Claire Bayliss, Helen Dunne, Simon Fairclough, Nick Jackman, and Annie Lydford) exploring ways that collaboration could help address some of the challenges that we face; Can we work with the commercial sector (Us vs All Of Them)? Can we collaborate with our peers (Us vs The Others)? And can we work better within our own companies? (Us vs Us)

Record Review with Andrew McGregor
BBC Radio 3
(Saturday 29 April 2017)
Discussion with Andrew McGregor to review recent releases of twentieth-century repertoire

ABO Conference 2016, Birmingham – The Audience
(Friday 22 January 2016)
Panel discussion on how arts organisations can better attract younger audiences, including Liam Dryden (YouTube sensation), and Ruth Bertram (former CBSO Youth Chorus member), and chaired by Anne-Marie Minhall (Classic FM)