Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th August, 10.00 – 17.00

The Singing Entrepreneur Forum: “Redefining Success”


Producers: Darren Abrahams (Tenor) and Arlene Rolph (Mezzo Soprano)


The Singing Entrepreneur Forum is a two day event for singers inspiring success, survival, employability and solvency in the classical music industry. Focusing on streams of IDENTITY, BUSINESS and PERFORMANCE, The Singing Entrepreneur seeks not only to inspire singers with the tools necessary to achieve success on their terms, but to give the opportunity to voice queries, share inspiration, be their own managers and find their TRUE VOICE.

What does it mean to be successful in the classical music industry today?
Is the industry out of step with the realities of life as a professional singer in the 21st century?
Does the training still meet the needs of a rapidly changing world?
Do managers, agents and professional intermediaries continue to serve our careers in the way they should?


Day 1: Friday 3rd August 10am – 5pm: Inspiration


The first day of the Forum is dedicated to Singers. We have brought together 15 incredible speakers to share their experiences of thriving today in the classical singing industry. Each speaker is a Singing Entrepreneur – a working professional singer representing the many different ways of defining success within a 21st century context. The day will be divided into three sections:

IDENTITY What makes you unique
BUSINESS How you promote yourself to the world
PERFORMANCE How you practice the craft


Speakers include: Nadine Mortimer Smith, Adey Grummet, Mike Henry, Jamie MacDougall, Paula Anglin, Tina Ellen Lee, Suzanne McGrath, Mark Stone, Kate Flowers, Lucy Schaufer, Chris Gillett, Natalie Peluso and Matthew Sharp


Day 2: Saturday 4th August 10am – 12pm: Discussion – “Meet the Gatekeepers”


The morning of the second day is dedicated to Industry Leaders. Who are the people who stand at the gates of the companies and colleges we want to get into? What are the issues that they have to deal with every day? And what are they looking for in us? “Meet the Gatekeepers” is a round table discussion with the people who are responsible for promoting and employing us.


Panel Chair: Baroness Genista McIntosh (Assoc. Producer RSC, Exec Director RNT, Chief Exec ROH)


Panel members include: Ben Rayfield (Director Rayfield Allied Artists), Bill Bankes-Jones (Artistic Director of Tte ˆ Tte), David Gowland (Artistic Director ROH Jette-Parker Programme), Katie Tearle (Head of Opera and Dance Edition Peters), Rhian Hutchings (Director WNO MAX Department), Sophie Joyce (Casting and ENO Harewood Programme Manager)


Day 2: 1pm – 5pm: Action


The afternoon of the second day is dedicated to Our Community. A facilitated discussion to pick up on the issues raised throughout the Forum and to begin an action plan for how to move forward as a community. All contributions welcome and valued. We look forward to hearing all your views!