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Pathways into Music

A seminar for people who teach, advise and support early-career artists and future music industry talent, as well as the artists themselves.

Friday 26 April, 1700 – 2000 at Surrey Arts, 14 The Pines, Broad Street, Guildford, Surrey. GU3 3BH


Monday 29 April 2019, 1630 – 1830 at The Basement, 24 Kensington Street, Brighton. BN1 4AJ

Pathways into Music is the first in a series of seminars outlining how musicians can build a business and a careeraround their music. It explains how artists need tokickstart their own businesses and careers, introduces the people and companies they will work with along the way, and explores the challenges to be met and opportunities to be realised in both the global and the local music community.  The course is aimed at those teaching, advising and supporting early-career musicians and future music industry talent, as well as anyone who is at the start of their own music career, on stage or behind the scenes

Places are free but limited. To book your place please email:

To attend in

To attend in Brighton:

Further Information

The seminar is offered as part of ‘Our Future Music’, a regional programme that is part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England, funded by Youth Music. See here for further information:

The seminar will be facilitated by Chris Cooke and Phil Nelson.

Chris Cooke

I’m an editor, journalist and media entrepreneur. I write and talk a lot about music and music business stuffmedia stuffculture and comedy stuffcopyright and legal stuff, and PR and branding stuff. I publish CMUThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks Edinburgh. I founded and co-own 3CM UnLimited, a group of companies that includes publisher UnLimited Media, education business UnLimited Learning, and music and media consultancy UnLimited Insights, which operates CMU InsightsMedia Insights and Pathways Into Music.

I work on The Great Escape and with the Taylor Bennett Foundation. I have dissected the digital music dollar. I have a free speech about free speech. I keep busy.

Phil Nelson – artist manager, lecturer, researcher

I have been an Artist Manager since 1988 managing The Levellers (1 Platinum, 5 Gold records)  who headlined Glastonbury before starting their own 15,000 capacity Festival Beautiful Days(which I set up) , and The Longpigs (1 Gold record and Brit Award Nomination). Current clients include 2019 Grammy-nominated Matt Hales/ Aqualung (1 Gold record) and Duke Special(1 Platinum record), Sweet Billy Pilgrim(1 Mercury music prize Nomination.) I was the Vice Chair of the Music Managers’ Forumfrom 1997-2007. I co-founded The Great Escape Festivaland now run the Education conference at TGEwith Chris Cooke. From 2016-18 I was Music Industry Ambassador for BIMM Group of colleges, where I still lecture.

The I Speak Music Community Orchestra

The I Speak Music Community Orchestra is designed to celebrate the diversity of Surrey’s communities and is led by some of the UKs most experienced music facilitators. Through a series of fun and creative music workshops participants will be able to make new music, try instruments from around the world, perform and make new friendships.

The project welcomes people of any age (over 12years) and background, but is particularly interested in hearing from refugees, unaccompanied minors, BAME communities and those who sing or play non-western musical instruments. Professional musicians are welcome to join the group as are those with no previous musical experience. To book your place please email 

We are delighted to announce that we now have funding from Arts Council England to continue and develop the Orchestra. We will be re-launching in April 2019 with already some planned performances at various events in 2019.

Here’s what we have planned!


As part of part of the I Speak Music Community Orchestra relaunch, we warmly invite musicians, local organisations and front-line support agencies to join us for tea, coffee and falafels and to find out more about the programme and how to get involved!

Live music, guest speakers and updates on local opportunities.

Admission and falafels are free but places will be limited!

12.30pm – 2.30pm on 24th April, The Electric Theatre, Guildford.

To book your place please register via Eventbrite here


6pm – 8pm on April 25, May 9, 23, June 13, 27, July 11

Guildford County School, Farnham Road, Guildford



18th June, HG Wells, Woking

Meet the Orchestra music leaders

Raghad Haddad, Co-Musical Director

Raghad is a viola player from Yabroud, a small town in the mountains north of Damascus. After graduating from the conservatoire in Damascus, she began teaching, performing with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra for Arabic Music. Since being granted asylum in the UK in 2017 she has performed at numerous charity events in London and Brighton and recently performed with Damon Albarn, The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians. She also joined a group of Syrian professional musicians called The London Syrian Ensemble and they perform traditional and classical oriental music around the UK connects her to her homeland. Raghad now working hard to secure a living performing, teaching whenever opportunities arise.

James Redwood, Co-Musical Director

James is a composer and music leader with 20 years’ experience of making music with groups of non-professional and professional musicians.  The wider the range of musical personalities in the room, the happier he is.

Sara Khoroosi, Music Facilitator

Sara is a Violinist Dancer and Alexander Technique Teacher specialising in working with Performers of any ability, facilitating the ease freedom and joy that can be experienced through the Performing Arts at any level. She  has experience of working with unaccompanied asylum seekers and playing & touring with Manouchska & Dunia Flamenco; Danced/Choreographed with Mambo Central; and taught Alexander Technique at the Actors Centre and London Music & Dance Conservatoires.
Instruments: Violin, vocals, keys, percussion
Additional skills: Farsi and Spanish speaker

KMT Freedom Teacher, Music Facilitator

KMT is an exemplar for social change. DJ/M.C and Trainer (Workshops, Project Manager and Lecturer), since 1999 he has used the arts, in particular Hip-Hop, for social awareness and cohesion

KMT entertains and educates, guides people with infectious energy, knowledge and skills to change and empower their lives. He is also the co-founder of May Project Gardens; a community based food-growing project set within the grounds of his home. The grassroots project illustrates his passion for pro-active social change and love for the environment
Instruments: Voice, DJ, Body, Mind
Additional skills: I pride myself on being to identify people’s skills and talents and developing to their full potential.

Craig Warnock, Music Facilitator

Craig has been leading group workshops and individual sessions with a variety of young people for several years, teaching multi-instrumental skills, composition and songwriting, recording and production techniques.

He has worked extensively with young people who are living in challenging circumstances and with a range of learning and physical disabilities needs. Craig has been a professional multi-instrumental musician for twenty years involved in recording /touring with many great acts.
Instruments: Keys, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Flute, Inclusive Music Tech esp iPad music apps.

Jim Pinchen, Project Manager/ Music Facilitator

Jim is a composer, facilitator, speaker and project manager with a proven track record of delivering local, national and international programmes for children and young people. He is the Inclusion Manager at Surrey Arts/Surrey Music Education Hub and a trainer for Musicians Without Borders
Instruments: Guitar, bass, piano, music production and inclusive music technologies (also very basic cello and trumpet!)

The Orchestra’s history

This Orchestra performed for the first time in June at the Refugee Week event in Woking, was then invited to perform at a Police organised memorial event and most recently in September 2019, invited to take part in a TEDx Conference in Farnham on the themes of building empathy and resilience. Surrey Music Hub’s vision is for this model to grow and be replicated up and down the country.

Get involved

To find out more about the project and how to get involved email Project outreach officer, Mona Saad at

Brass Masterclass – Sunday 17 March

Surrey Arts are hosting a Brass Masterclass for Trombone and Trumpet  players on Sunday 17 March. This fantastic morning will allow advanced young brass players to present solo works in progress as well as finely prepared repertoire to our special guests, Tom Rainer and Rupert Whitehead.

Each participant will learn from listening to others perform as well as receiving individual guidance from our visiting experts.
We are very fortunate to be joined for this event by Tom Rainer (The Brass Academy) and Rupert Whitehead (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).

Expert trumpet tuition will be provided by Tom Rainer, who has performed on film soundtracks including Lord of the Rings. He is the musical director of The Brass academy and also head of performing arts at the Aldro School, Surrey. Rupert Whitehead has recently been appointed as a member of the RPO and has a busy schedule as a teacher alongside his playing career.

Please note this masterclass day is aimed at trumpet and trombone players of grade 5 onwards in standard. However, players of all other brass instruments will be welcome provided there is space. Non surrey arts student and pupils are very welcome to attend and participate in this event too.

Westfield School
Woking, GU22 9PR

10.00am – 1.00pm


For more details contact:
T: 01483 519303

Book now

See biographies:

Rupert Whitehead

Tom Rainer

Young musicians aiming for Christmas Number One

The Partnership

Surrey Arts, Big Leaf Foundation and the Academy of Contemporary Music are joining forces to record a Festive Themed Single (in just one day!) on Sunday 9 December. It’s for anyone aged 8 and above who enjoys music and shares our belief in the importance of community. No musical experience necessary and we aim to have over 50 participants.

Why music?

We live in one of the most multicultural countries in the world but it can feel as though, despite living in the same land, huge divides, negative stereotyping, fear of the unknown are as alive as they have ever been.
Project manager, Jim Pinchen, says: “Music in its essence, is something that we all have in common. It’s everywhere from the rhythm of our first heartbeat through to family events and is therefore able to bring us together in a unique and safe way.”

Why a festive themed single?

‘I Speak Music’ is a programme that aims to bring together refugees and host communities and we think this is a perfect time of year to come together, have fun and celebrate everything we have in common, as well as all the fascinating things that make us unique. Beyond the food, lights, drink, intensive shopping and tinsel, at its heart, this festive season is about the spirit of giving and receiving, of family and of helping others.

Vicki Felgate from Big Leaf Foundation says: “We want to replace negative opinions with a simple and joyous message of peace and unity and we hope people will share it far and wide.”

What happens after the single is recorded?

A pop video will be distributed via social media with links to digital download sites (ie Spotify) where the single can be downloaded. All proceeds from the single will be used to make music projects that bring together Refugee and Host Communities.

For further details contact

Courses and workshops 2019

DJ and Music Production

A unique workshop for young people aged 8 – 16 years old to learn the art of DJ-ing and an introduction to music technology in a fun and educational way for students at primary and secondary level.

Use mixing consoles to beat match, blend, cut, paste and scratch music to create a DJ mix. No need to play an instrument or own any equipment. All you really need to start is an elementary sense of rhythm, which we can help you develop by improving your motor skills.

  • Monday 8 April, 9.00 – 12.00, school years 4 – 6 (8 – 11 year olds) – FULL
  • Monday 8 April, 13.00 – 16.00, school years 4 – 11 (8 – 16 year olds)
  • Cost: £25 per workshop
  • Venue: Woking Youth Arts Centre, Knaphill, Woking

Are you interested? Let us know.

Register for DJ and Music Production

Singing Workshops

Singing workshops for 8 – 13 year olds have been added as part of the 2019 Easter Music Course.

  • Cost: £20 per workshop
  • Venue: Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Redhill

Register for the Singing Workshop

Easter Music Course

Running for over 40 years, the next Easter Music Course is from Monday 8 – Friday 12 April 2019.

Register for the Easter Music Course

Easter Music Course

Easter music courses 2019. Residential and non-residential courses for instrumentalists aged 7 to 18 years old.

Easter Music Course at Royal Alexandra & Albert School, Redhill

Running for over 40 years, this music course (residential and non-residential options) has given many young musicians the opportunity to develop, play and perform with other young musicians while making friends at the same time. There are orchestral and choral workshops available. Book before 4 January 2019 to get the ‘Early Bird’ price.

Orchestral Main Course Monday 8 – Friday 12 April 2019

For young people of 11 – 18 years old who are approximately Grade 4 standard and above (it is not necessary to have taken any exams).

Opportunities to play in an Orchestra, Wind Band and Jazz Band all with a team of dedicated professional tutors supporting each section and always on hand to help and give advice.


Orchestral Mini Course 10 – 11 April 2019

For players of around grades 1 – 3

There are two ensembles to choose from:

  • Strings for violin, viola, cello & double bass
  • Wind Band for all brass, woodwind and percussion

Singing workshops – Tuesday 9 April 2019

Singing workshops for young vocalists aged 8 – 13 years old. The workshops will include fun and light repertoire such as jazz and musical theatre. No previous singing experience is needed. The workshops will be led by professional Surrey Arts tutors.

Pupils can choose to do either one of the workshops or can do both as different music will be played during each session.

  • Workshop 1: 10am – 12.30pm – £20 PLACES AVAILABLE
  • Workshop 2: 1.30 – 4.00pm – £20 PLACES AVAILABLE
  • Attend both workshops for £40 with lunch included BOOKING NOW CLOSED FOR 2019
  • Non-residential

Orchestral Come & Try Wednesday 10 April 2019

A free event from 2 – 3.30pm for 4 – 18 year olds to come and try the many instruments in an orchestra. Trumpet, cello, bassoon, double bass, tuba, percussion and many more.

  • Non-residential
  • Parent supervision required
  • FREE

Orchestra Explorers – Thursday 11 April 2019

We are offering two half day courses for anybody that has recently started learning an instrument giving them a chance to play in an orchestra perhaps for the first time.

During each session pupils will play a variety of fun music specially chosen for beginners and will learn how to play as part of an orchestra. The pupils will be tutored by our Surrey Arts teaching team and will be helped and supported every step of the way.

During each session the pupils will get a tour of the fantastic Gatton Park site and will get to hear a range of music played by the older children taking part in the main course.

Pupils can choose to do either one of the workshops or can of course do both as different music will be played during each session.

These courses will be most suited to anybody learning an orchestral instrument that can play just a few notes up to about grade 1 standard.

  • Workshop 1: 10am – 12.30pm – £20 PLACES AVAILABLE
  • Workshop 2: 1.30 – 4pm – £20 PLACES AVAILABLE
  • Attend both workshops for £40 with lunch included BOOKING NOW CLOSED FOR 2019
  • Non-residential.


Students who opt for the residential course will be looked after by a dedicated team of house staff and accommodated in one of the purpose built student halls ay Royal Alexandra & Albert School. All of the accommodation blocks contain televisions as well as games rooms and outside of rehearsal time many fun activities are organised. Quiet spaces can also be arranged for pupils wanting to revise.

All meals and refreshments are provided throughout the day and always prove popular with the students.


Registration is now open.

If you would like further information telephone 01483 518625 or email

Register online now

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