Duke Special and Julian Lloyd Webber To Speak At Northern Ireland Music Education Conference

Duke Special and Julian Lloyd Webber To Speak At Northern Ireland Music Education Conference

Top music industry professionals and educators will gather at the Nerve Centre in Derry~Londonderry, on Thursday 26 March, to explore the future of music education in Northern Ireland.

Speakers will include renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, who has recently received the prestigious Distinguished Musician Award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) for his passionate advocacy for the education of young people from disadvantaged areas. He will be joined by singer-songwriterDuke Special who will share his insights on the creative process.

MusED 2015 has been inspired by the findings of a fringe symposium at OutputNorthern Ireland’s largest ever one-day music industry conference held in Belfast in October 2014, and the experience of the Nerve Centre’s hugely successful SYNC community-based music programme. It is presented by Nerve Centre and Generator NI, and supported by the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure. 

The conference will offer a forum for debate, sharing of expertise and exchange of ideas for developing the regional music education strategy for children and young people. Registration is open to music educators from primary to postgraduate, industry practitioners, stakeholders and policy makers as well as those using music to inspire and educate outside formal settings.

Martin McGill, Music Programme Manager at the Nerve Centre said: “The conference programme is designed to identify opportunities and examine the challenges facing music education in three key areas: Fostering Creativity; Community Engagement & Social Development; and Economic Development & Employment. With a fantastic line-up of speakers and the emphasis on debate and discussion, we are looking forward to a thought-provoking event.”

Generator NI programme director Ross Graham said: "The conference's collaborative approach will help us move forwards a regional strategy to improve music education and training. By nurturing talent and creativity, and putting young people on the right career pathways, we will ultimately grow Northern Ireland's music economy."

Registration is now open.

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