David Lammy is more than just the MP for Tottenham. He’s also one of the leading agenda setters in the fields of social activism, diversity and multi-culturalism. His keynote talks draw on his extensive political experience and enable him to engage in his passion for tackling the big issues facing society (on a macro and micro scale) and provide tangible solutions to bring about effective change.


Inger Murray has developed a special concept for musicians after having studied for many years the problems performing musicians face in their work. She has travelled extensively with her husband Owen Murray, who is a musician, and that has given her the opportunity to observe professional musicians working in highly stressful situations and the problems they face. This research has also included studying the pressures students face during conservatory education and in examination and competition situations. She is employed by the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. She has held workshops for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, The Danish Musicians Union, the Danish Flute Association, college music students and members of leading Danish Symphony Orchestras.


Keith Ayling


Keith Ayling has a successful 30-year songwriting and performing career, together with being an in-demand workshop leader. In 2017 he is speaking for The Prince’s Teaching Institute, CLIC Sargent and a sold out residential at Benslow Music. Passionate about developing student creativity, his session will demonstrate a practical method for teaching songwriting techniques for lyrics and melody that can be used in the classroom and as a basis for developing composition in the longer term. The method can be used by every teacher and student, regardless of ability and needing no technology!  @keithayling

Some of you may remember the anthem ‘Come, O Creator Spirit’ by Alan Bullard, commissioned by Wellington College for the MMA Conference in 2015 and subsequently broadcast in BBC Radio 4’s Morning Service.

Saturday 11.00

Secular Music for Upper Voices and Changing Voices
Alan Bullard’s choral music is performed all over the world and in this session he will explore some of the music that he has written for young voices, suitable for school concerts and other secular events. There will be an opportunity to sing through all the music and to learn something of the background behind the pieces. For upper voices, there will be short pieces ranging in age group from years 1-3 to girls in years 10-13, and also there will be some pieces for teenage boys with changing voices: one tantalisingly entitled ‘Health and Safety’….

Saturday 14.30

Sacred Music for Chapel Choirs
In this session Alan Bullard will be exploring the newly published book, The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems. Compiled and edited by Alan, and a companion to his best-selling ‘Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems’, this book contains nearly 70 anthems suitable for chapel and church choirs  (either upper voices, male voices, or mixed). Throughout the book there is a focus on ease of learning and performance, and the flexible scoring enables the anthems to be performed by unison or two part choirs as well as SAB and SATB.  We will sing a selection of pieces from the book to capture the flavour and variety of what is on offer!



Roland Presentation
Simon Balderson & Jack Coward (Music Technology & Apps)
Sally Dinnis (Practical Ways of teaching notation at KS2)
Mark Everist (Universities and Conservatoires)
Keith Ayling (Songwriting in Schools)
ISM John Robinson (Legal Advice and Help for Visiting Music Teachers)
Paul Denegri (Motivating and Inspiring Students)
Laurence Whitehead (One Year In – GCSE & A Level Examinations)
Sally Dinnis (Down in the Woods – Composing at KS1)
Jayne Obradovic (Percussion Blast)
Drusilla Harris (Dalcroze)
ABRSM / TRINITY College, London (Open Forum)
Music Administrator’s Forum with Keith Ayling
Alan Bullard (Upper Voice Choirs) (Sat only)
Ross McWilliam (Mindset)
Charlotte Tomlinson (Performance Nerves)
Paul Whitmarsh (Composition with students of Wells Cathedral School)