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Webinar 20 May 2021

Orchestral Players: Presentation Skills for Musicians

As part of our Back to Work series of webinars for orchestral players, hear from Catherine Arlidge MBE in this webinar on communicating effectively with audiences in person and in the digital world.

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Date Thursday, 20 May 2021
Time 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location Online
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About the event

An interactive training experience via Zoom, designed to deepen our understanding of what audiences need from musicians and to give practical advice on how to present well with ease.

Come and hear from Catherine Arlidge MBE, violinist, concert presenter and educator in a small workshop group style format. Designed specially to support musicians to communicate effectively with audiences in person and in the digital world.

These sessions include video advice from Tamsin Greig, Bill Bailey, Stephanie Flanders, Thangam Debonnaire MP, Stephen Hough and Satnam Rana. You will explore the 5P’s of presenting well – Pitch, Prepare, Practice, Pace and Perform, to draw out confidence and the individuality in the participants.

What will this session cover?

  • How to be natural, be you, be personal
  • Your body language and eye contact
  • How to use your skills as a musician to help – planning, preparation, breathing, rehearsing, allowing spontaneity
  • How to understand what audiences need from you
  • The introverted public speaker
  • How to interview
  • How to pace a short speech/conversation
  • How to become aware of habits and ticks that might be off-putting
  • How to use humour or not
  • Who do we admire/who can we learn from

This session will take place in a Zoom meeting and is designed to be interactive. Spaces on the workshop will be limited to allow for as much interaction as possible.

How to attend

The session is open to both freelance and contract players within orchestras who are MU members.

As spaces are limited we ask that you make a firm commitment for attending, we understand that things come up so if something prevents you from attending we just ask that you let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure that everyone who wants to attend can do.

To register for this workshop please email, there is also a second opportunity to attend 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

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Catherine Arlidge MBE

Catherine Arlidge is a violinist, concert presenter, founder member of the Stringcredibles and the Artistic and Educational Director of the National Children's Orchestras of GB. Her extensive experience of public speaking has been developed through hosting family and schools concerts, pre concert talks, webinars, conference sessions and a TED talk. In January 2016 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours, for services to Music Education.

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