Date: Friday 28 February 2020

Venue: Albert Hall Conference Centre, N Circus St, Nottingham, NG1 5AA .

Please note, there is no parking at the venue. Information will be sent in due course regarding discounted parking and other transport options.

Time: 9.30am - 3:30pm - registration from 9.00am

Cost: £80.00 per delegate unless special discount rate agreed. Attendance will be charged prior to the conference by Lincolnshire Music Service. 1 FREE place per delegate for a member of their Senior Leadership Team to attend for the morning.


Conference Agenda

9.00am                 Registration

9.30am                 Welcome

9.35am                 Dr Darren Henley OBE; Chief Executive Arts Council England 

Within this keynote session, Dr Darren Henley OBE will focus on the importance of music and arts in the curriculum,  highlighting how music forms part of a much wider cultural and creative imperative for the country. Darren will discuss how the changes in the Ofsted framework support the importance of music, and how more focus on the arts and 'deep dives' are not just scary but a real opportunity to highlight the value of music/arts and can be drivers to develop an outstanding creative and progressive curriculum in schools. 

10.00am               Performance by Jeneba and  Aminata Kanneh-Mason

10.15am               What can a school do to prepare for a subject inspection? Dr Jamie Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, Tove Learning Trust.

10.45am               BREAK 

11.15am               Workshop Session 1  (further details can be viewed here)

  • KS1:  Springboards to Creative Music Making!  Sue Nicholls 
  • Raising the bar! Helen MacGregor 
  • Musical Gems; Ju Birchall and Brigid Fraser 
  • Create and Sing Programme; Camille Maalawy, Royal Opera House
  • Integrating technology within your lessons; Ben Sellers
  • Teaching Music Composition at GCSE and A-Level; Elizabeth Kelly
  • CLASSY SONGWRITERS: Ways in to Whole Class Songwriting at KS3; Em Whitfield Brooks (am only)
  • Dorico - more time for music; John Barron (am only)

12.30pm               David Warden; Policy Advisor, Department for Education

A session discussing the proposed refresh of the National Plan for Music Education. David, as one of the key civil servants who will be leading on the refresh, will discuss some key messages from the DfE, as well as take note of the key issues and questions.

David is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Department for Education, where his work has focused on a number of areas related to the curriculum, subject-specific programmes, and social mobility. He has worked across the Civil Service in a number of roles since moving to the East Midlands from Edinburgh, Scotland.

12.50pm               LUNCH

1.30pm                 Performance by Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra 

1.45pm                 Scott Stroman

Scott Stroman is a uniquely broad musician: a composer, conductor, performer and educator in jazz, classical and world music. He is director of the London Jazz Orchestra, professor of jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, director of the genre-busting choir Eclectic Voices, artistic director of Highbury Opera Theatre, directed the contemporary string ensemble Opus 20, is director of music at the American International Church in London and a conductor of orchestras, choirs, bands, opera and musical theatre.  

2.15pm                 Workshop Session  2  (please see here for workshop information)

Additional workshops for session 2:

  • Fusion in the Classroom; Scott Stroman
  • Splash! Building communities of Disabled Artists to work in schools and communities; Nick Owen & Nikki Charlesworth


3.30pm                 Close