Music Conference 2019: Cultivating Creativity

18 September 2019 @ Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Centre


At a time when Creativity is feeling the squeeze in schools, we bring it into the spotlight at our annual Music Conference with a theme of ‘Cultivating Creativity’. We have invited inspiring speakers and workshop leaders from around the country – experts in composition, singing, folk ensembles and STEAM to cover all your music CPD needs and inspire your teaching for the year to come.


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Conference Programme

2019 Music Conference Programme

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NEW VENUE for 2019

This year we’ll be at the Award Winning Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Centre near Penrith. This award-winning bespoke music therapy facility is a home and advert for the amazing work Sunbeams do working with disadvantaged members of society. Bringing music into the building was one of the key design drivers, alongside harmonising the building with the natural surroundings and wider environment.



Keynote Speaker: Jo Trowsdale from The University of Warwick

Jo is Associate Professor of Arts and Culture in the Institute of Education, where her special focus is the interface between arts, culture, education and the sciences. She is currenly working on a Thesis focusing on arts and engineering education project The Imagineerium – a model of STEAM education



Joe Broughton: Creative Group Music

Workshop 1: is for the slightly more advanced player and will be most relevant for teaching older children and adults.
Workshop 3: is not a practical workshop so you can put your feet up! Joe will talk about his approach to workshop leading and music teaching, drawing on examples from the workshops 1 and 2.

Inspirational multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and educator based in Birmingham, UK. As well as his own internationally renowned band The Urban Folk Quartet, Joe has played with everyone from Joss Stone to Fairport Convention. His compositions have been performed at The Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre in London and his workshops in performance and ensemble playing are legendary amongst the teaching community. Joe has taught at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for 22 years and lead ensemble workshops at Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 7 years.

Workshop Summary:

Joe’s workshops will focus on how best to introduce young people to group music making in an energetic and practical way, drawing on the many different approaches to music making from around the world. This will run alongside his core ethos that energy and communication are the cornerstones of good performance and workshop leading as well as acknowledging the importance of group dynamics and how they can play out in positive and negative ways. We will also touch upon how to help students to understand music on a deeper level; its purpose and its emotive value.

As well as discussing some of the tricky issues our main task will be to fill in some of the gaps that many teachers feel they have when moving away from notation or other tried and tested comfort zones of music making. What are the extra skills that are useful to have and how can we best implement them? Joe will share his experience and skill in these areas, aiming to instil teachers with the confidence to tackle them within their own settings.

All these subjects will be approached in an enjoyable and practical way so please bring your instruments (and voices!) and experience a totally different kind of music lesson all of your own!


Joe Broughton is an awesome teacher, totally inspirational and with a complete understanding of his students

Joe’s enthusiasm and passion for music is contagious! Fun Fun Fun!

Recent feedback from Joe’s Fiddle School

Emma Williams

Singing at Key stage 1 – Phonics and playground games for small children

Singing Foundations for KS2 – Singing ABC’s and Vocal Health for you and your pupils

Emma is a singer who has worked within schools across Lancashire and Cumbria as a Head of Music, singing teacher and choir leader for over 15 years. In between a busy schedule of vocal tuition and curriculum support in schools she is still active as a professional singer. She is Singing Leader for Lancashire Music Hub and Musical Director of the Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble.


Pippa Murphy composer : sound designer

Inspiring Young Composers: inspire and support your young composers. Ideas for approaching composition with GCSE and A level students
The Young Composer in the Primary Classroom : get excited about making music experimenting with sound in the classroom.

Pippa is an award winning composer and sound designer known for combining orchestras and instrumentalists with ambient soundscapes, electronic music and creating bespoke sound palettes.
She works with writers, film-makers and choreographers as well as Folk, Jazz and Classical musicians. Her Album with Karine Polwart ‘Pocket of Wind Resistance’ was nominated for BBC Folk Album of the Year 2018.

Pippa completed her BMus, MA and PhD in electro-acoustic and instrumental composition at The University of Birmingham. She lectures at Edinburgh University and guest lectures at Royal Conservatoire Scotland and St Andrews University. She was Artist in Residence at the Scottish Parliament (2014) and Vice-Chair of Sonic Arts Network (now Sound and Music) for 5 years.
Pippa has directed many creative education projects throughout the world and has worked in many different musical and social contexts. She has devised pieces and trained teachers with the British Council in Scotland, Syria, Vietnam, Botswana, India, Iran and China. She has composed with asylum seekers in Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh. She works regularly in cross-arts and multi-media collaborations and has worked with ensembles including Scottish Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

We also welcome back Alan Cameron and Soundtrap, Annie Mawson from Sunbeams, and Jilly at BlueJam Arts.

Connect and be inspired.

Early Bird day rate: £95

Full day rate: £140

(these prices do not include VAT)

2018 Conference Feedback

Brilliant day thank you – very inspiring and engaging speaker and workshops.


A fantastic day.  I learned so much and have been inspired and rejuvenated.  It’s just not long enough!  It was great to chat to other musicians and music teachers too.


Thank you again – I wish this was twice a year!!