Line-up of inspiring speakers announced for MLR2016

The Music Learning Revolution 2016 will open with a keynote from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Huw presents the BBC Introducing Shows on BBC Radio 1, which supports undiscovered and unsigned music, he runs his own live music nights and festival, as well as compering at gigs, clubs and festivals.

“Music in schools is vital,’ he told Musical Futures. “It petrifies me to think of the untapped talent that might not be nurtured if it wasn’t for music in school. Every musician I speak to can remember one teacher who changed everything for them in school, and often it’s their music teacher who took that one step further to nurture their talent.”

Huw will be sharing his own experiences of music in school, talking about supporting new and emerging talent, and considering ways in which education and the music industry can work together.

Sharon Bruton, CEO of the Keys Federation Academy Trust and a National Leader of Education, wilunknown-2l present a lightning speech ‘Measure what you value, not what is easily measured’.

Committed to an entitlement for all and a passionate advocate of unlocking potential talent, Sharon has developed a unique culture of learning in her MAT’s “Spirit of Purpose”. The “DREAM” curriculum, with Music, Sport and STE(A)M Academies provides a transformative and innovative approach to the Primary Curriculum.

The Royal Northern College of Music’s Andy Stott and Katie Chatburn will be asking ‘Can we push beyoandy_stott_1380628699ndKatie-2015-04 genre and into music?’. Andy has pioneered the popular music course at the RNCM and is musical director of the RNCM session orchestra, and Katie is a professional composer across a variety of fields with an emphasis on cross discipline work. The RNCM has a world class popular music department, that draws strength from partnerships and collaborations beyond popular music.

Professor David M Howard is Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Royal Holloway, London. His innovative research explores the links between creativity and engineering through music technology, bothunknown-3 as an academic and an accomplished musician.  He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics. He is a choral director, choral singer, organist and a founder member of the York Centre for Singing Science. His lightning speech at the MLR will ask whether Music and creativity leads to excellent engineering.

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We’re delighted that the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music will sponsor the lightning speeches.


In all schemes of work and lessons from now on! Excellent day, wish I would have come years ago.

Jamie Thomas, Hall Cross Academy

The children I am working with are responding to positively. They are very keen to learn new music and don’t not feel threatened to play. They enjoy the ‘have a go’ and ‘just play’ strategy.

Mhairi Easton, Southesk primary School

Yesterday’ss RSL course was absolutely outstanding. The school was awe inspiring and just walking round the corridors gave me some excellent ideas to implement at my own school. With regards to the RSL aspect of the course, I now have a strong understanding on how to run it and know how my assignment briefs should look etc. etc.

Jack Cotton – Broadgreen International School, Liverpool