Live Music Now North West is excited to welcome 12 talented new musicians to the branch following recruitment sessions in Liverpool and Manchester.
Joining the branch are four singer-songwriter/guitarists from Liverpool and Manchester – Esme Bridie, Ste Forshaw, Ben Gorb and Emma Black. We are also pleased to welcome Duo Chuva (classical guitar and mandolin), Festivo Winds quintet and singer/guitarist Elliott Whitty, who will be joining existing group Julep Trio.
Our new musicians recently completed three introductory training days led by Geth Griffith, Ros Hawley and Andrea Vogler. The sessions helped them understand the different types of environments Live Music Now musicians work in. They learned how to communicate with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, older people living in care settings and people living with dementia.
Musicians had opportunities to ask logistical questions and explore repertoire to enable audience participation. They are now delivering their first sessions in special schools and care homes across the region.
“ We’re absolutely delighted to welcome our new cohort of musicians to Live Music Now North West. We are passionate about the role professional musicians can play in creating happier and healthier communities.
Through our commitment to musicians’ training and development, we are expanding the workforce of skilled professional musicians working in communities across the North West.”
Karen Irwin, North West Branch Director, Strategic Director (Children, Young People & Families)
Thank you to the Stoller Charitable Trust for supporting Live Music Now and the development of our musicians in the North West, and to the RNCM for providing a venue for our training sessions.