Project Partners

Open Academy, The Royal Academy of Music

The Conducting Development Week is being supported by Open Academy.  They are co-ordinating and managing resource booking for Rooms & quartet members, as well as supporting the promotion surrounding the project.  Sian Edwards – Head of Conducting – will be working together with John Lubbock to support James in capacities of mentors during the week.

The Royal Academy of Music was founded in 1822, and ever since has trained versatile and resourceful musicians with the skills they need in the ever-changing profession. Great traditions do not guarantee future success, but at the Academy they do inspire us to achieve an especially happy blend of continuity and cutting-edge work.

The Academy’s mission has always been to provide musical training at the highest level, and through the Open Academy, we extend this opportunity beyond our enrolled students and out into the communities of London. Academy students benefit directly by engaging in innovative creative learning and participation projects, and discovering an application of their skills beyond the traditional concert platform.


Drake Music

Drake Music are working with James in developing the head baton.  During the Conducting development Week, Drake Music will amend the baton as and when necessary.  They are also supporting social media promotion.

Drake Music are leaders in music, disability and technology. Their work includes education workshops for children and adults, training and consultancy for professionals working in the education, arts and charitable sectors, artistic development programmes for disabled musicians and research and development into new accessible music technology.

Drake’s website is

Disability Arts Online

Disability Arts Online logo

Disability Arts Online is hosting a blog written by James as he prepares for the project, and is the main media partner.

The website has a reach of 102,000 users over a 12 month period, reaching up to over a million people.

Disability Arts Online’s vision is to achieve widespread appreciation for the richness and diversity of disability arts and culture.

The website regularly attracts over 30,000 page views every month, and have a growing international reach including readers in Australia, Korea, India, the United States and Europe.

Disability Arts Online can be found at


Founded in 2001 by Caglar Kimyoncu as an informal collective, filmpro became a non-profit company limited by guarantee in 2009. Based in Hackney, London, they aim to fill a crucial gap in the arts sector, supporting artists who experience exclusion and other barriers in their practice.

Since 2011, they have developed a growing network of Associate Artists, whom they support on an ongoing basis and whose work has received worldwide recognition. As an outcome of Caglar’s work as co-founder and director of the London Disability Film Festival, filmpro houses one of the most extensive disability film archives in the world.

filmpro are capturing the project on camera as part of the evaluation.  The footage will then be edited into a 3-5 minute package which is to be released online in August 2016.

filmpro’s website can be found at

Orchestra of St. John’s

John Lubbock has been supporting James since he started his conducting journey in 2012.  He and Sian Edwards (Head of Conducting at The Royal Academy of Music) will be mentoring James throughout the Conducting Development Week.  Previously, John worked with James back in 2012 in an one-off conducting workshop funded throughh Orchestra of St. John’s.

John Lubbock is the founder and principal conductor of the Orchestra of St John’s. He began his musical life as a chorister at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle and later, having studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music, went on to sing with the John Alldis choir, was a founder member of the London Symphony Chorus and a member of the Swingle Singers.

The Orchestra of St. John’s website can be found at

Charles Hazlewood

Charles will be supporting the promotion of the Conducting Development Week by hosting the evaluation film on his website.

Charles Hazlewood occupies a unique position in British musical life. The combination of his outstanding musical talent and versatility as a conductor, and his passion for bringing classical music to the widest possible audience, has led to a significant profile as a conductor in the British media, and around the world.

Following his studies at Christ’s Hospital and Oxford University, Hazlewood won first prize at the European Broadcasting Union Conducting Competition in Lisbon in 1995. June 2003 saw his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He made his BBC Proms conducting debut in August 2006, with the BBC Concert Orchestra; simultaneously presenting the concert live from the stage for TV. He now guest-conducts many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Gothenburg and Malmo Symphonies in Sweden, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Philharmonia in London.

Charles’ website can be found at

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