Misty Posey, singer

Who or what inspired you to take up singer-songwriter, and pursue a career in music? Vocals: Everyone who has ever given me feedback, leads me to know what I do well. Writing: Like my dad, I go around humming and singing nonsense tunes – his creativity comes out no matter what task he is at….

Iona Fyfe, folksinger

For me, a sense of place, identity and landscape are the most important influences on my musical life

Marta Gardolińska, conductor

I love concert halls that make it clear that they are a sacred space and put a special canvas for the music, where people feel uplifted and special

Joep Beving, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I have to say my parents. They created the circumstances where it was very easy for me to develop an interest. They put me in a music school and had me take piano lessons at an early age. Later on,…

Robert Thies, pianist

I think we all need to keep exploring and expanding our horizons and experiences. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others, and think more about challenging ourselves to be the best we can be. As Rachmaninoff said, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”

Rachel Brown, flautist

As a player heavily involved in the historical performance movement, I guess my path has always diverged from a conventional view of ‘success’. I believe it is vital to do whatever we do to the very best it could be done, whether that be performing, teaching, researching.