Caitriona O’Leary – singer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I come from a musical family and grew up surrounded by music – it’s always been part of me. I decided at the age of 13 that music-making was my vocation and I never wavered. Who or what have been the most important influences…

Daniel Elms, composer

For composition, subconscious processing is one of your most powerful tools, as long as you “feed it” with tasks to process: don’t wait for inspiration, instead confront the empty page and work on it; put the time in. Even if you discard everything by the end of the day, it is the process that stimulates the subconscious and you’ll find that inspiration follows.

Sara Minelli, flautist

Who or what inspired you to take up the flute and pursue a career in music? My parents aren’t musicians so those who inspired me have been my music teachers in Montepulciano (Siena -Tuscany), where I lived. First of all they chose me to be part of a children’s choir for a festival founded and directed by the composer Hans Werner Henze, who lived in the same town. My first musical experience ever was…

Simeon Walker, composer & pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My parents were hugely supportive of anything that I did in general, but particularly with regards to music. They funded the learning of numerous instruments and years of lessons, came to all my performances (and still do, as much as…

Andrew James Johnson, composer & pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Although I started playing the piano from around seven years old I didn’t actually have my first piano lesson until I was fourteen. Prior to starting lessons I spent many years learning on my own. It was completely second nature…