Just The Tonic with Katie Derham


Music For Confidence with Sir James MacMillan

Season 1, Ep. 4

In this episode, Katie Derham finds out how being involved in making music can give people the confidence they need to have a better and brighter future.

We've heard from players in The People's Orchestra and from choir members in one of their many show choirs in previous episodes, but the team behind the inspirational community orchestra in the West Midlands don't only create opportunities for people who want to play an instrument or sing. They create employment opportunities for non-musicians too. Katie speaks to behind-the-scenes staff and people they've helped back into work.

Streetwise Opera is all about giving people recovering from homelessness the chance to get their lives back on track through the power of opera. Head of Communications, Rey Trombetta talks about the value of the projects they run throughout the UK and we hear from Ruben Whitter who says he never thought he would be an opera singer, but being involved in Streetwise Opera has turned his life around.

Celebrated composer Sir James MacMillan has worked with Streetwise Opera in the past and he tells Katie what inspired him to get involved. We find out about the British tradition of composers working in communities and James talks about creating opportunities in his hometown of Cumnock in Scotland through his festival, The Cumnock Tryst.




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