Tony Little is Group Chief Education Officer for GEMS Education, an international schools’ group educating over 200,000 students representing 173 different nationalities. His background is as an English and Drama teacher in UK schools, and he has been a boarding housemaster and head of department. He was a headmaster for 26 years, successively at Chigwell School (from 1989), Oakham School (from 1996) and Eton College (from 2002 – 2015). Over the years he has been a governor of 9 secondary schools, both state and independent, as well as 6 primary/ prep schools: two of these secondary schools were newly created under the UK Government’s Free Schools initiative. Over the past 15 years he has become increasingly engaged in international education organisations and programmes including serving  as President of the International Boys School Coalition, chair of an organisation linking schools in China with schools in the West, Trustee of Afghan Connection and chair of the Mvumi School Trust, Tanzania. Music continues to play a significant part in his life, stemming from his days as a chorister and choral scholar at Corpus Christi, Cambridge.


Will Gompertz is the BBC’s first Arts Editor, a senior journalistic role he took up in 2009. In the past eight years Will has conducted extensive (often exclusive) television interviews with many of the world’s most recognised arts figures including: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Lawrence, Paul McCartney, Marina Abramovic, Daniel Barenboim, Viola Davis, Ai Weiwei, Tom Hanks, JK Rowling, Denzil Washington, Zaha Hadid, Orhan Pamuk, and Madonna. He is a widely known commentator on the arts and has presented numerous programmes and documentaries for the BBC, hosted his own regular network radio show, and written for leading magazines and newspapers, such as: Vanity Fair, The Times, and The Guardian. He has also written two non-fiction books (both published by Penguin in the UK).What Are You Looking At? – a history of modern art, which has gone become one of the most frequently cited texts by students studying art history in the U.K. It has been re-printed many times over and translated into twenty languages. As has Will’s second book, Think Like an Artist (2015), which is about creativity. Before joining the BBC Will spent 7-years as a Director of the Tate Galleries where he was responsible for its BAFTA-winning website, creative direction, and the launching the UK’s first Performance Art festival. Will was voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity magazine and is a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.


TENEBRAE / Session 1 – 13:45

An opportunity to sing with one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles. Led by award-winning conductor Nigel Short, delegates will tackle the ‘semi-chorus’ part of an Owain Park composition, Footsteps, alongside members of Tenebrae. The session aims to give an insight into how Tenebrae works and how this unique composition comes together. Footsteps was commissioned by Tenebrae for their 15th anniversary tour, as a companion piece to Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles. Park’s work, allows choirs of all abilities the opportunity to perform live alongside Tenebrae in concert. Scores, guide tracks and further reading materials are available here:

ANITA MORRISON / Session 1 – 13:45

For a long and healthy professional life a performer needs both physical and mental stamina, and well-organised and efficient self-use. Over time, too many musicians succumb to the kinds of injuries that a demanding schedule of rehearsal and performance can bring on. These are often rooted in habits established in childhood. It is our responsibility as teachers to have the tools to empower our students to understand how to look after themselves and avoid these kinds of injuries in later life.
The Feldenkrais Method® offers a unique and practical way to realise our potential more fully. It is an educational method focusing on learning and movement, which can bring about improved movement and enhanced functioning. It is named after its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an engineer and physicist as well as a Judo teacher.
In the session the principles and strategies employed by the Feldenkrais Method with be discussed and explored practically in a workshop situation. Specifically we will explore strategies to develop a well aligned skeleton, particularly in sitting and how to find more ease in the way the arms are supported by the whole self.

MIRANDA FRANCIS / Session 1 – 13:45

Head of Junior Programmes and Area Leader of Aural Training, Royal College of Music, Miranda joined the professorial staff of the Royal College of Music as Area Leader in Aural Training in 2008. This session will demonstrate how to teach harmony, including Bach chorales, in an inspiring way.

HANNAH V / Session 1 – 13:45

The 21st century musician relies on a versatile skill set to be able to compete within today’s music industry. The role of the producer, in particular, has changing significantly in the last 20 years, with solid technical, theoretical and aural skills an absolute must. Producer and pianist Hannah V will introduce Rockschool’s Music Production exams – the first graded syllabus to identify the various skill sets of a modern producer and provide the necessary training for aspiring musicians, producers and engineers. Hannah will outline the syllabus, the most popular in the Rockschool portfolio, and map it to the demands of the 21st century music industry.

TENEBRAE / Session 2 – 15:30

The Tenebrae Effect is Tenebrae’s inspiring choral development initiative that provides an insight into the elements which make Tenebrae’s sound and interpretation of music so unique and gives singers the opportunity to learn in a friendly and challenging environment alongside professional singers from the choir. Tenebrae seeks to address a gap in choral development by presenting a programme which encourages singers to develop their musicianship, teamwork and communication skills.

NICK GOETZEE / Session 2 – 15:30

How do we introduce hands-on music making to students who have little knowledge of notation and lack any real keyboard skills, whilst keeping the high flyers interested? This practical session will looking at various computer sequencing techniques which enable students to compose/arrange in many styles from Baroque to Minimalism. The hands-on session will provide lesson plans and starting points, with lots of practical tips and techniques to enable your students to realise their musical potential, whatever their ability.

ANITA MORRISON / Session 2 – 15:30

Vocal disorders are surprisingly common among school-age children. These are rarely caused by poor singing technique but as a result of poor vocal health which include overuse, misuse, lack of hydration and poor physical alignment. Anita will use her newly published book as a template to discuss the subject of vocal health for children. Children like to know ‘why?’ and using the analogy of looking after a high performance car this will be explored in an imaginative way. Areas that will be covered include some basic anatomy and voice science, how the voice develops throughout childhood, the importance of hydration and physical alignment, how to take care of the voice, what to avoid and how to help in the case of illness.

JOHN HOLMES (ABRSM) / Session 2 – 15:30

We all have musical and educational values that remain constant, but the world of the student is evolving at a faster pace than ever before, with digital advances providing opportunities for young musicians to access and progress their musical learning in a myriad of new and innovative ways. ABRSM Chief Examiner John Holmes will explore the theme of change and continuity, the impact it has on the student, teacher and assessor and explore new approaches to support future learning.


Keith Ayling


Keith Ayling is the MMA’s media manager and Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music. He is passionate about developing student creativity and is currently one of the UK’s most in-demand Songwriting Workshop leaders. He leads the annual INSET for school music administration and at conference will chair the Music Administration Forum – helping school music departments to work more efficiently.  @keithayling

Keith Ayling


Keith Ayling is the MMA’s media manager and Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music. He is passionate about developing student creativity and is currently one of the UK’s most in-demand Songwriting Workshop leaders. He leads the annual INSET for school music administration and at conference will chair the Music Administration Forum – helping school music departments to work more efficiently.  @keithayling


Tido was founded in 2012 by conductor and editor Brad Cohen and Edition Peters, one of the world’s leading music publishers. Brad began his career as a chorister and music copyist, and his wide-ranging experiences as a performer and editor – alongside a passion for innovation and technology – were what inspired him to develop Tido.

Brad is recognised as a leading interpreter of the bel canto repertoire, conducting the operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini internationally and on disc. His artistic activities, however, go far beyond this special interest — from making contemporary opera for television in collaboration with the composer Jonathan Dove, to an active and innovative symphonic conducting career, to touring the chamber works of Frank Zappa, to an active role as an editor and publisher of Urtext operatic editions. Brad also has a successful media career, most recently as a mentor on the BBC2 television series Maestro. He was appointed Artistic Director of West Australian Opera in 2015.


Chief Executive, Tido.

Kathryn Knight is an entrepreneurial executive with a passion for music and music education. A former Publishing Director at Faber Music and a Founder-Director at Sing Up, she joined Tido as Chief Executive at the end of 2014. The company has since launched a ground-breaking platform bringing together interactive digital scores, video performances and masterclasses, notation-aligned recordings, written commentary, and a suite of powerful practice tools.


Ian began his musical career playing the cornet in his local Brass Band. He benefitted from attendance at outstanding county music groups in Cheshire before continuing his musical studies at both Sheffield and Durham Universities. His first teaching post (some 21 years ago) was in Bromley, where he immediately witnessed the outstanding music provision provided by Bromley Youth Music Trust (BYMT). Ian’s career has seen him teaching in both the primary and secondary sectors as well as state and independent. Providing musical experiences for children at all levels has always been Ian’s vocation. As a former Director of Music, Assistant Head Teacher and now Principal of BYMT, a large Music Service leading the Bromley Music Education Hub, Ian is able to draw on a wide range of experience to support colleagues in music education.