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MOT Programme

As part of the developments taking shape within the Creative Campus, Snape Maltings is being supported by Help Musicians UK to create residential courses that provide rejuvenation, inspiration and support for musicians from a variety of settings.

Three residential courses are scheduled for for 2018/19, aimed at:

  • Orchestral Violinists
  • Musicians working in Challenging Settings
  • Choir Directors

MOT: Strings

Mon 10 Dec – Fri 14 Dec 2018

Open Application: 6 places available
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Jorja Fleezanis, Minnesota Orchestra’s longest-standing concertmaster, will lead a residential retreat that gives busy professional violinists the time, space and resources to gain perspective on their career, re-inspire their artistic instincts and develop any technical, physical or psychological areas in relation to their career as a musician. Following on from the pilot MOT for Strings in 2016 and a successful follow-up in 2017, Jorja will be joined by professionals in the field of Alexander technique, resilience and other areas that will improve the wellbeing of participants and offer a toolkit to take back into the profession.

The residency will take place at Snape Maltings. There will be no fee to take part and we are able to cover any UK travel, self-catering accommodation and lunches each day.  For more information, please contact Caro Barnfield cbarnfield@snapemaltings.co.uk

Feedback from previous participants:

‘The week at Snape has really changed my approach to practice and given me inspiration and focus.’

‘It’s lovely to hear about our different experiences as we continue into our ‘normal’ lives – for me, the big thing so far has been grounded feet…just this has made SUCH a difference to my playing and head space. Extraordinary!’

‘… most amazing and valuable week. All the ideas have been living with me and I love how I feel like I can tap into them as that special week gets further and further away. It has given me confidence, inspiration and peace of mind to go further along the path.’

‘I can’t believe we’ve been home for two weeks already, my brain is still hyperactive with everything from our amazing week, I don’t think there has been one day at work when I haven’t recounted the experience in minute detail to at least one colleague.’

‘I feel like I came away from it with renewed inspiration, motivation and knowledge to help me be the best musician I can be (whilst remaining physically and mentally healthy!).’

MOT: Musicians working in Challenging Settings

Weds 6 March – Mon 11 March 2019

Open Application: 7 places available
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A week of workshops, discussions and activities to support musicians in their everyday working lives. Participants need to be experienced music leaders working with people who are living in challenging circumstances, which may include in prisons, care homes, hospitals, hospices or other community settings.  The course will explore creative resilience and address related questions such as how you develop as an artist (when facilitating the artistry of others), stay in love with your work, take care of your own wellbeing and find creative invigoration instead of burn out. The course is an opportunity to refresh and revitalise yourself, explore and share your experiences and take a fresh look at your work.

The residency will take place at Snape Maltings. There will be no fee to take part and we are able to cover any UK travel, accommodation and lunches each day.  For more information, please contact Phillipa Reive preive@snapemaltings.co.uk

Feedback from previous participants:

‘A chance to take time out from working as a leader and reflect creatively on personal and professional identity; look at current work profile and think about how it relates to our values and aspirations; explore what kind of support/input/balance we need in order to make this work personally sustainable; imagine future directions.’

‘I would describe it as looking at the person behind the tools and experience. That in order to do great work in challenging circumstances, aside from the tools, the experience and the drive to do the work, you need your energy and resilience to keep being renewed. Especially with the long-term nature of much of the work we are doing and that things are never going to be fixed or finished.’

‘I’ve been inspired to think beyond the mundane.  Stephen is always pondering, adjusting, tweaking, responding to everything around him.  Nothing is concrete.  That fluidity and movement in his thinking is tempered by an inner balance which needs to be cared for and maintained.  They somehow managed to make sure everyone got what they needed from this course, which was no mean feat!  Incredible.’

‘A chance to take time out from working as a leader and reflect creatively on personal and professional identity; look at current work profile and think about how it relates to our values and aspirations; explore what kind of support/input/balance we need in order to make this work personally sustainable; imagine future directions.’

MOT: Choir Directors

May 2019

By Invitation Only: 8 places

Nationally-acclaimed vocal health expert Dr Jenevora Williams will lead a week focusing on vocal health, self-resilience and an exploration of how you, the nation’s leading choral conductors, can best support those who look to you for guidance. It will also be a chance to regroup as individuals, get up-to-date advice and theory and spend time with your colleagues.

The residency will take place at Snape Maltings. There will be no fee to take part and we are able to cover any UK travel, self-catering accommodation and lunches each day.  For more information, please contact Fay Jennett fjennett@snapemaltings.co.uk

Feedback from previous participants:

‘A wonderful opportunity to re-boot your knowledge in a positive and safe environment with leaders of outstanding quality.’

‘It was an opportunity to reflect on one’s professional work as a choral leader and all that it demands – things that are rarely articulated! It was also an opportunity to be in a stunning place with like-minded people with the chance to walk (and swim!) and spend time discussing ideas in a restful environment.’

‘Getting back up to date with vocal knowledge and understanding, assimilating information in an ideal environment and re-invigorating the desire to learn as you teach.’