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Live Music Now South East New Musicians – Meet Rosie Bergonzi

Earlier this year we welcomed some talented and exciting musicians to Live Music Now in the South East.

In the second part of our ‘Meet the Musician’ series percussionist Rosie Bergonzi talks in her own words about her work and what brought her to join Live Music Now.


Rosie Bergonz

Handpan with duo Boubakiki

My Musical Journey

I came to percussion relatively late, just playing triangle at the back of my school orchestra aged 14. I soon realised I’d found the thing I wanted to do, so I took music at Goldsmiths, University of London.

While there I discovered my love of performance and after graduation I did a master’s at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since graduating I’ve played with various artists and ensembles including the BBC proms with Chineke! Orchestra, a European tour with the opera Musical Rumpus and festivals with singer Neneh Cherry. In addition to performance I love workshop leading. It was on the Spitalfields traineeship, a year-long course to develop leadership skills that I met Joe Steele.

Why Live Music Now? 

Live Music Now is an incredible organisation and it always seemed like the perfect fit for us. I love making music with all audiences, and unless I was able to continue to work with a variety of audiences I think I’d feel bereft. For me music is all about communication so whether I’m in the Barbican or a school hall in Tower Hamlets I love opportunities to interact with everyone.

My Playlist for Life

  1. Tchaikovsky’s 4th symphony
  2. Steve Reich – Drumming
  3. Hear’say – Pure and Simple
  4. Azelia Banks –  212
  5. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive

To learn more about Rosie and Boubakiki visit


If you would like to join Live Music Now and you are based in London and the South East APPLY NOW – request an application online here. 

Closing date for applications is  Tuesday 16 October 2018.

Auditions will be held in London on 27th, 28th & 29th November.

Help us spread the word! Download the auditions poster here.

For more information on the application and audition process


*A ‘Playlist for Life’ is a list of songs or pieces of music that make up the soundtrack to your life. Lullabies your mum sang to you. Your first ‘slow dance’. Music that reminds you of special holidays or special people. Playlist for Life taps into a recognised phenomenon: personally meaningful music has the ability to improve life for people with dementia, their family and their carers. For more information visit




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