LMN Musicians Practice Forum 2020

Featured in photo from top left, clockwise: Nadine Benjamin, John Kelly, Gary Day, Suzy Willson, Uchenna Ngwe

Musicians' Practice Forum 2020

Wednesday 25 November 2020
Thursday 26 November 2020
1.45pm-5.30pm, Zoom

The annual Musicians’ Practice Forum moved online!

Attendees met with other LMN musicians, were inspired by guest speakers and took part in specialist training sessions designed to help equip the with the skills needed to navigate this new pandemic landscape. Download the event programme here. LMN musicians were paid a ‘loss of earnings’ fee of £35 per half day attendance. 

You can download event resources and recordings from here.


John Kelly opened our first day with a presentation on The Social Model of Disability and his life as a disabled professional musician and disability rights campaigner. Soprano Nadine Benjamin joined us on day two to share her journey to becoming a professional opera singer, and how her training as a mentor and high-performance coach has helped her to face the challenges of the C19 pandemic. 


Schedule, speakers and post-event resources.

DAY ONE Wednesday 25th November

Zoom recording of Day One with guest speaker John Kelly, Zoom chat text here.

WELCOME: Live Music Now Acting Executive Director, Nina Swann

GUEST SPEAKER: Professional musician and disability campaigner John Kelly

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Please choose your sessions when registering on zoom.

  • The Social Model of Disability in Practice with John Kelly and Bea Hubble: How the social model of disability translates into our work with older people, what is considered best practice in enabling participants to fully engage, and resources to support your sessions.  Click here for presentation slides.
  • Interactive music sessions online for Children and Young People with additional learning needs with Gary Day: Practical advice on how you can use Assistive Music Technology and Sounds of Intent to create music with children and young people, both in the room and online, highlighting different ways of running musical activities and the challenges. Click here for resource slide.
  • Humanizing the Digital Connection with The Clod Ensemble: Exploring creative and innovative ways to build meaningful relationships with participants on digital platforms. Tips and strategies for musicians thinking about presenting virtual live workshops, online residencies and streamed performances. Download resource links and slides here.


DAY TWO Thursday 26th November

Zoom recording of Day Two with guest speaker Nadine Benjamin, Zoom chat text here.

WELCOME: Live Music Now Chairman Sir Vernon Ellis

GUEST SPEAKER: Professional singer and life coach Nadine Benjamin


  • Moving SEND residencies online with SEND Inspire Fellows: Learn from the experiences of our LMN Level 3 SEND Inspire Fellows how they moved school residency work online. Download resource links here.
  • Curating Diversity and Classical Music with Uchenna Ngwe: An exploration of some of the themes central to developing active classical music curation, with reference to ongoing research into the long history of Black classical musicians in Britain, with a view to opening up the way we present classical music.Download resource links here.
  • Ways to wellbeing during the COVID pandemic for musicians with Dr Barney Dunn: This session will focus on practical ways to build wellbeing and manage stress during the COVID pandemic, informed by a psychological first aid framework and taking into account the particular pressures and challenges that musicians are currently facing. While the advice given will be ‘common sense’, often we are not very good at putting into practice such advice, so the session will introduce ways to trouble shoot and overcome barriers to behaviour change. Click here for resource slides.