Gila Carcas, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I was brought up in a musical family. Although my father was a bank manager, he nearly became a professional musician when he was younger. In his spare time, he played the viola and conducted choirs. My mother was a…

Nicola Meecham, pianist

Be true to yourself and plough your own furrow. A musician’s career path is often a lonely and frustrating one so you need to maintain self-belief

Eira Lynn Jones, harpist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I wanted to play the harp when I was 5 years old, when I heard it played at a concert, but was encouraged to learn the piano first. During my teenage years in Wales, there were few opportunities that I knew of where someone…

Ellie Slorach, conductor

It’s a game of give and take really! Of course, I want to convey the voice of the composer and be true to what they wrote on the page as well. As the designated ‘leader’ in the rehearsal room and performance, it’s important to bring the right energy to the music and ensure I’m inspiring the players and singers so we’re all making the best music we can.

Susie Georgiadis, soprano

I would say that true success is being able to do this job with dedication and curiosity; always trying to tell people something new through this form of art, respecting the composers’ wishes too but putting your soul into everything you do. Being able to do this is what I think we call success.