Music Education Expo - 25 & 26 February 2016

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Fire-Side Chats

Fire-side chats

This is your chance to earwig on a series of informal interviews with leading industry professionals while enjoying a cup of coffee in our Networking Café. 

Relax as artists, actors, industry professionals and leading pedagogues talk you through their career so far and how they got there, recounting funny stories from the road and providing advice to others seeking a similar path. We’ll also feature a number of ‘tough topic’ interviews on subjects like gender equality in drama, and provide approaches to tackling these issues both in and out of the classroom.



11:00  11:20
Fireside Chat | Mike Kane MP, Shadow Schools Minister
Performance Stage

Q&A with Mike Kane MP, Shadow Schools Minister, Labour. Join us at the performance stage to discuss the challenges and changes affecting the arts education landscape.


13:15  13:35
Fireside Chat | Stiles & Drewe
Performance Stage

Join the writers of HONK!, Betty Blue Eyes and Peter Pan to learn more about a career in musical theatre, hearing a few great anecdotes about life in the West End along the way!


10:25  10:45
Fireside Chat | Mark Robinson, Rocksteady Music School - Teachers as Role Models
Performance Stage

Join Rocksteady Music School Founder Mark Robinson as he discusses his ethos to inspire first and teach second, covering how to model the Rocksteady values and providing case studies of the approach in practice. Discover the work that Rocksteady does and how they inspire children to make some noise!


11:00  11:20
Fireside Chat | Katy Balfour, Punchdrunk Associate Director
Performance Stage

Punchdrunk Associate Artist Katy Balfour has been working with the renowned and acclaimed immersive theatre company for several years, and will be chatting to Sarah Lambie about immersive theatre in education – both Punchdrunk’s own projects through their education arm ‘Punchdrunk Enrichment’, and the place of Punchdrunk as a set practitioner and inspiration for the secondary curriculum.


12:35  13:00
Fireside Chat | Andrè de Quadros, Conductor & Ethnomusicologist
Performance Stage

Conductor, Ethnomusicologist, Music Educator, Writer and Human Rights Activist Professor André de Quadros (Boston University) discusses his career, global research, and his work with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.


13:45  14:15
Fireside Chat | Sheku Kanneh-Mason
Performance Stage

BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, chats to Alex Stevens about his big win, his studies at the RAM and playing Principal cello in Chineke! Junior Orchestra.


14:30  15:00
Fireside Chat | Bill Bailey
Performance Stage

Comedian, musician, actor and author Bill Bailey discusses his early music career, how he fuses the music, jokes and theatricality in his stand-up comedy and the (many) strings to his multi-instrumental bow.

Bill Bailey

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