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Artistic Development: Learning to Lead with Philip Harper (Oxford)

Event date

Starts: Sunday, 3 July, 2022 - 10:00
Ends: Sunday, 3 July, 2022 - 16:00

Event description

“His suggestions, his thoughts are just so inspirational”

“It’s opened our eyes to broader, wider thinking”

“As a player it’s really fascinating to see how programming comes about. ”

“It’s really good to network and speak to people, and speak with other like-minded musicians”

“I would 100% encourage others to come.”


This practical workshop day led by The Cory Band conductor Philip Harper looks to demystify the subject of Artistic Direction. 

The Artistic Development workshops offer excellent value for money and a worthwhile networking opportunity with bands in the local area. In these sessions, Philip Harper breaks down what it means to be an Artistic Director, exploring concert planning, collaboration, audience development and the nuts and bolts of running a successful rehearsal.

Speaking about the workshop days, Philip said: “In my 20 years developing as a band conductor, I have often thought deeply about what it is exactly I am trying to achieve - the essence of my art.  When BBE asked me to take a national lead on this very topic I was very excited to have the chance to share my experience in a way which could potentially benefit all levels of banding.  I'm very much looking forward to meeting a wide spectrum of many like-minded people across the country in these workshops, which I hope will be inspirational to all”.

Philip will discuss the importance to artistic leaders of self-learning, curious listening and wild imagination, as well as covering the basics of 'on the ground' artistic direction as a conductor working with bands in rehearsals. Each topic will be illustrated with practical examples, including a live rehearsal session with a band. 

What will the workshop cover?

During the day, we will look at:

  • Effective concert planning
  • The value of collaboration
  • Hands-on conducting
  • The importance of audience engagement

Along with the live workshop session, attendees will have access to the day’s training resources after completion of the session. If you are a member band in the area and would like to feature as the demo band for the workshop please contact BBE’s Education and Development Manager Sarah Baumann on

Why should I attend the Artistic Development workshop?

Learn from the Artistic Director of the #1 ranked Brass Band. This workshop is for you if you want to:

  • gain clarity on the role of a conductor or artistic director
  • improve your process of planning and designing a concert programme
  • understand the importance of the audience journey
  • gain ideas and inspiration for approaching collaborations
  • develop and increase your audiences 


Who is this training for?

This training day is open to all, but is particularly aimed at Musical Directors and aspiring band leaders.


Who will be delivering the training?

Artistic Development workshops will be delivered by Philip Harper.


How much does it cost?

The Artistic Development Workshop day is available to BBE Members at a discounted cost. You can join BBE from as little as £25. For information on joining BBE please visit our Join Brass Bands England page. Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments. Artistic Development workshops will held across the country. Join our mailing list to be kept up to date when new dates are announced.

BBE Members - £15

BBE Non-Members - £25

10:00 - 16:00

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Silver Band Hall, Sher Afzal Close, Temple Cowley, Oxford OX4 2FA

Event fees

BBE Members: £ 15.00
BBE Non-Members: £ 25.00
Students: £ 0.00