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Ep 05 MAC Makes Music - with Holly Radford-James

Ep. 5

In this week's episode I talk with Holly Radford-James, Producer with MAC Makes Music.

Based at The Midland Arts Centre, MAC Makes Music are a truly inclusive arts organisation and one of their strategic consultants and trainers is Phil Mullen, who is featured in episode 2.

Holly begins by taking us on a mini tour of the arts centre before talking about the award winning program that is MAC Makes Music, its inception and development.

The total commitment to a young person centred approach is so inspiring and through our conversation I come to view MMM as a Music "Super" Hub, offering a blueprint to the future of inclusive music making and education in England and beyond.

Holly talks about working through lockdowns and their relationship with the organisation, Soundabout and how together they have developed online choirs and the community that those choirs are providing.

Holly describes for us the many groups being engaged by MMM and the wealth of genres of music being made by the choices of the young people.

We talk about Open Mic nights and how these sometimes lead to larger live music performances. We return to discussing online activity and how vital this has become to the musical landscape.

Our conversation moves on to music playing such a role in social and personal development as well as musical development of course and Holly tells us how important this is in the work of MAC Makes Music.

The MAC Makes Music program is inspiring, inclusive and driven by the needs of the young people being engaged. Follow the links for more.

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Ep 12 Emma Hughes

Ep. 12
Welcome to episode 12.This week my guest is Emma Hughes. Emma is the choir coordinator and director at Soundabout (Listen to Ep 7 with Clare Cook) and was instrumental in developing their work and delivery over Zoom during the Pandemic Lockdowns. Emma talks about the organic growth of her roles at Soundabout and particularly choir leading and setting up the tech.When I first contacted Emma, she was out on tour and I finally got to ask her where, what, with whom.Emma reveals that for the past 11 years she has been the live Bass player for Kate Nash and had been on tour with Kate in Germany. The portfolio career model is truly alive and very well. Emma talks about how she got the gig with Kate whilst an undergraduate studying performance and writing her dissertation on Music Therapy whilst on tour. Through working as a TA in SEN schools, Emma's interest in this area grew and she began to build her music practice over the ensuing years.Emma talks about the upcoming program at Soundabout and then we talk about Emma's journey into community music, the organic nature of this. We talk about music in society and how as working practitioners we begin to unpick formal training and develop new ways of thinking, playing and teaching through our work. Emma touches upon Christopher Small's idea of 'Musicking' and how all of the people surrounding music, the bar staff, the venue, the ticket seller, for example, all play a role in the activity of making music. I'm sure we can all resonate with this idea.As this episode goes out, Emma is on her way to Glastonbury Festival to perform 2 shows with Sam Brookes. I look forward to catching up with Emma in the months to come as I'm sure that her career in music will only continue to be a fascinating one.SoundaboutKate Nash Touring LifeSam BrookesEternal GuitarsAll My Links