Trainee Music Leader Diary: Naomi Burrell

We’ve just rounded off our final project with out 2014-15 Trainee Music Leaders. Before they head off we’ve been asking them about their time at Spitalfields Music and what they’ve gained from their placements. In the last of our catch-ups with this year’s trainees, Naomi talks about her year with us:

What have you most enjoyed about your year as a Trainee Music Leader?

Getting creative! It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Spitalfields Music family. The quality of the work is extraordinary and they show amazing support to the Trainee Music Leaders. It has been great to see a wide range of work in the field and build a large network of contacts.

Takeover Spring Festival, March 2015

Takeover Spring Festival, March 2015

How has your year as a Trainee Music Leader shaped your personal practice and future career moves?

The scheme has opened up the world of making and sharing music with people of all ages and walks of life. It has changed how I approach music both as a practitioner and a performer and also how I think about my audiences. I am looking forward to reflecting on how best to take my career forward from here.

What’s the most valuable piece of learning that you will take from the past year?

  • A vast repertoire of warm ups and activities and ways to access more material
  • More techniques and a better ability to plan
  • Experience of high quality workshops – working at a level which I continue to aspire to now


What’s next for you? Have you got any exciting projects coming up?

As a player I am working at Shakespeare’s Globe and I have a tour to NYC with the Academy of Ancient Music in August. I am doing some work with Streetwise Opera, The Choir with No Name, Creative Futures and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Education over the summer which I’m looking forward to very much!

If you could offer three pieces of advice to anyone thinking of applying for next year’s scheme, what would they be?

  • Get out and observe lots of organisations in the early days of the year
  • Take notes all the time and collect material like a hawk
  • Give yourself up to projects – invest your whole being – you will reap incredible rewards just as the participants will. At times you may feel disarmed in new scenarios – embrace this feeling and then learn to adapt and apply what you already know!

Applications for next year’s Trainee Music Leaders scheme are now open. Find our more information about how to apply on our website.


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