Guildhall Innovation Funding

Milton Court exterior in the evening
Recent Projects

Recent internally funded projects

The Creative Singer

Singer and pianists perform in Milton Court Concert Hall

Curriculum Initiative

It is widely recognised in the profession that successful opera singers need to be innovative, individual, expressive, passionate creative artists – and sing! The Creative Singer project by Sally Burgess and Rebecca Meitlis integrated a Mentoring & Coaching approach and the Feldenkrais Method during workshops and rehearsals of Mozart’s Magic Flute. The study examined the ways in which this work can further the development of young singers, and connect the singer with their own flowing, confident creativity.


Brahms Reheard

String players at the chamber festival

Research Project

The fundamental question, “How to play Cantabile in the late 19th century?”, addresses widespread misunderstanding of Brahms string interpretation, which over the course of the last century has increasingly lacked musical flexibility and stylistic conviction. The Brahms Reheard project seeks to develop a method for creating engaging performances in historical context. At the centre of this project by Jacqueline Ross is a radically new approach to the understanding of Brahms' string writing - through the study and transcription of his vocal music.


The Librettist Network

Typewriter against a yellow background, with Librettist Network written on the paper in the typewriter

Lightbulb Project

The Librettists’ Network was established by Ruth Mariner (MA in Opera-Making & Writing graduate, 2015), Stephen Plaice (Writer-in-Residence, Guildhall School) and Julian Philips (Head of Composition).

The Network is a new learning initiative and advocacy body for creative writers working in contemporary opera. This project allows the Network to establish its own website with creative profiles, develop learning resources, and establish a model for ensuring its future sustainability.

How to Apply

If you are a Guildhall School member of staff and you have a project that you are interested in developing, you can find out more about how to apply on MyGuildhall, or contact us to discuss it further. We can provide funding for small research projects, projects which pilot new curriculum initiatives, and projects which test innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.