Guildhall Artist Masters Programme in Leadership
Developing the distinctive artistic voices of the next generation of musicians
The Leadership Pathway of the Guildhall Artist Masters programme is designed to help professional arts practitioners meet the challenges of the future. The course provides a unique opportunity to extend the boundaries of your performance practice and explore different creative processes in a practical and reflective research environment. You will be encouraged to identify a personal pathway for your development in a variety of artistic, cultural, community and educational contexts.
How you'll learn
Supported by a diverse team of world-renowned practitioners, researchers, guest speakers and project leaders, you will develop skills in a range of areas. These include improvisation, group composition, cross-arts collaboration, performance, and creative workshop-leading for different contexts. With a strong focus on reflective practice, you will develop an informed awareness of the wider context of your work. The course is taught through group practical classes, discussions, critiques and seminars. You will also receive individual tutoring, instrumental lessons and mentoring and take part in individually led and/or group creative projects.
Led by Creative Learning, the course has close links with the Barbican and offers opportunities for you to work in collaboration with established artists. You can also take advantage of creative research laboratories, professional placement opportunities and local, national and international residencies and exchanges.
Years 1 and 2
In addition to the core programme, you can choose two or three electives to develop specific skills, attitudes and understanding in relation to your areas of specialism. These electives are taught in small groups and involve a combination of academic and experiential learning approaches.
Exceptional students completing Part One of the Leadership Pathway will have the opportunity to continue their studies into Part Two (Leadership Portfolio). They undertake three substantial performance events as a Leader, Performer and Creator/Collaborator that are designed to strengthen artistic development in these areas.
Introduction to the programme
- Master of Music (MMus)
Part 1 only: 2 years (full-time)
- Master of Leadership (MLead)
Parts 1 & 2: 3 years (full-time)
- 20 applicants / 9 places*
- also offered as a PGDip
- NB: progression to Part 2 is conditional on results from Part 1
*approximate figures taken from 2013/14 and are purely indicative
- Teaching Staff
- Entry Criteria
- Dates of Open Days for 2016 entry
- Tuition fees for 2016 entry
- Closing dates for applications for 2016 entry
- Application Information & Guidance
- Disability Support
- Apply Online
If you have any queries or want to speak to somebody for an informal chat about the course, please contact the Course Leader Jose Martins.
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Find out about Leadership events and projects, and watch Leadership videos by visiting the Leadership programme blog.
Recent guest speakers and tutors
Brian Eno, David Toop, Oren Marshall, Kinsi Abdullah, Julia Woolfe, Matthew Peacock, Angela Impey, Ansuman Biswas, Orlando Gough, Ana Sanchez-Coberg, Melanie Pappenheim, Sam Berkson, Eugene Skeef and Dr. Kerry Moore (Cardiff University).
Recent and ongoing projects
Curated by the Creative Learning department, Dialogue Festival 2015 was inspired by the ethnomusicologist and music collector Allan Lomax. The festival bore the name 'People Songs' which was the name of a monthly publication which Lomax ran in the 40’ in the USA. Several musical groups led by Leadership tutors and students were asked to create compositions in response to this theme which then were performed in celebratory festival which brought the Barbican Foyers to life.
An annual showcase of new work produced and curated by students, graduates and professional artists associated with the Masters in Leadership programme at the Guildhall School, along with visual art students from Central St Martin's.
2015's showcase used Doug Aitken's ‘living exhibition’ Station to Station as a creative starting point for the development of new work including installation pieces, performances and discussion. It also included a performance from guest pianist Eliza McCarthy with new work for solo piano by Mica Levi, and a dynamic discussion Borders and Boundaries; a debate focusing on immigration, migration and the media, chaired by Manick Govinda with contributions from guests Sam Berkson, Eugene Skeef and Dr. Kerry Moore (Cardiff University).
Royal Free Hospital
Students of the Leadership course have led a successful 18 month project in the re-enablement ward of the Royal Free Hospital. The students deliver two sessions a week working with elderly people, nursing staff and physiotherapists offering a welcome addition to the rehabilitation process and preparation for returning home after treatment.
The Messengers is a band made up of Guildhall students and services users from St Mungo’s charity who support people affected by homelessness. The Messengers is a band where service users from St Mungos work with Guildhall students on writing soulful songs about life, love, dreams and future aspirations.
ImPossibilities London Jazz Festival
(Im)possibilities is a project bringing young people aged 15-18 together with Guildhall students and graduates. (Im)Possibilities is a contemporary ensemble exploring the possible and impossible to find new musical frontiers. In 2014 ImPossibilities collaborated with Arun Ghosh and performed at Richmix as part of the London Jazz Festival.
This week-long residency took students to the South of Iceland (Vik i Myrdal) where they collaborated with visual arts students from Central St Martin School of Art and Design. The collaboration involved making new work of live and recorded music with moving image, responding to Iceland's spectacular landscape and mythology and connecting with local people.
The placement culminated with a performance in Mengi, an alternative performance space in the heart of Reykjavik, where Iceland’s most internationally renowned artist Bjork was in the small and intimate audience.
Guildhall School takes part in an annual exchange with Beit al Musica, a Palestinian music organisation based in the West Bank, Israel. Each autumn the Leadership course hosts annual visits from Palestinian music students and tutors to London. And each spring our Leadership students travel to Palestine where they learn about Palestinian music traditions. The joint group then collaboratively creates new music for performances and delivers work in the community.
Students were recently given the opportunity to travel to La Plata, Argentina, to take part in a two-week residency working closely with La Sonora community of artists. Activities included Candombe workshops, Tango workshops, Tango dance lessons, Argentinian folk workshops, collaborative projects in local orphanages and community performances.
Recent alumni include:
Marlies Van Gangelen (Leadership 2014)
Marlies has recently collaborated with Matthew Herbert and Villagers. She has also been commissioned by The Performing Arts Fund NL to perform Chiel Meijering’s oboe concerto Andiamo!, including a performance at the Canal Music Festival. In 2014, she premiered Ümit Armağan’s Flee From, To Move Towards at Wigmore Hall and has worked on community projects for Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Jordan.
Kadialy Kouyate (Leadership 2012)
Kadialy is a kora player and singer from Senegal. Currently based in the UK, Kadialy performs with his band at major venues across the UK and Europe. His music has also been broadcast on radio, including BBC World Service, BBC3 World Roots and live from WOMAD festival. In 2012 Kadialy had a central role in creating and performing the music for Gregory Doran’s Royal Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar, which toured England and Europe. Kadialy has taught at Dakar University and at the West African Research Centre. He currently teaches at SOAS University of London.
SoundCastle (Leadership 2011)
In 2011, Leadership graduates Hannah Dunster, Gail MacLeod, Jennifer Parkinson and Rachel Perrin were awarded the prestigious Deutsche Bank Award for their music social enterprise. Their company, ‘a pioneering collective creating original music through community-engaged collaboration’, runs creative family music projects in Greenwich and Tower Hamlets, funded by the Arts Council and Youth Music: www.soundcastle.co.uk
Olivia Bradbury (Leadership 2011)
In 2012, Olivia and her group, The Unhidden Collective, developed a piece called The Fish Tales of Alaska. Following two developmental laboratories at the Barbican Pit Theatre, they were awarded a three-week run at the Yard Theatre, Hackney. Olivia has also received funding from the Arts Council of England to produce her solo show Finding Frank, based on her experience of working in mental health institutions.