ISM Conference 2014: Music in the 21st century

- 31 October 2013


ISM Conference 2014: Birmingham Conservatoire, 16 and 17 April

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has announced the speakers at its 2014 conference, which will take place at Birmingham Conservatoire on 16 and 17 April.

Panel debates will be held on ‘how performance, composition and pedagogy operate in today’s landscape and what new opportunities are available through the application of social media and technology’ and ‘how social change can be brought about through excellence in music’, focusing on the Sistema model.

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, the music education advocate and chairman of Sistema England, is the subject of the conference’s ‘Big Interview’ with CM writer Clare Stevens.

Technology and social media specialists appearing in the first panel debate, chaired by the Institute of Education’s Sue Hallam, include the LSO’s senior digital marketing manager, Jo Johnson; Dominic McGonigal of online business experts C8 Associates; Mark Burke, director of online music teaching website Charanga; and Martin Fautley, professor of education at Birmingham City University.

The second debate will be chaired by the ISM’s chairman, Richard Hallam, with panel members Marshall Marcus, ceo of the European Youth Orchestra and trustee of Sistema England; Peter Garden, executive director, learning, of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Andrea Creech of the Institute of Education and Eileen Ross, headteacher of Herbert Morrison Primary School, Lambeth, one school in which the In Harmony music education scheme is running.

The full programme is yet to be announced, but will also include the premiere of a new work by Kirsty Devaney and sessions with composer Jim Aitchison and pianist Julian Jacobson.

The ISM Conference takes place on 16 and 17 April 2014 at Birmingham Conservatoire. To find out more and book your place, please visit

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