Gideon Feldman. Photo by Anton Donikov 

The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow presented a series of lectures by twelve prominent representatives of the UK music industry.

Among them were Huw Stephens, host of BBC Music Introducing, a platform for new talent, Geoff Travis, founder of Rough Trade, a legendary indie label, Gillian Moore, Director of Music at the Southbank Centre, Nick Sabin, founder of Resident Advisor, Gideon Feldman, programme director for Attitude is Everything which improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music, and others.

These leading professionals set the course for the UK music industry and change the music scene internationally. They shared with Russian audiences their unique experience and professional secrets, explained the mechanisms of their business, and answered questions from audience members. Their lectures gave insights into​ the work of successful British labels, festivals, venues and platforms and into the human and professional qualities that enable people to succeed in the music industry.

Lectures in Moscow and St Petersburg were held in English with simultaneous interpretation into Russian. 

Public talk by Gilles Peterson

On June 16, 2019, the famous broadcaster and DJ Gilles Peterson gave an open interview at Powerhouse in Moscow. As founder of Worldwide FM radio, Brownswood Recordings label and an avid record collector, he will speak about his creative endeavours whilst selecting songs from his favourite records. 

Learn more

"Music without Barriers" lecture by Gideon Feldman

On September 27, 2019, Gideon Feldman, Head of Programs at Attitude is Everything, will explain how to influence the event industry to make live and music events accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors, as well as people with other forms of disability.

Learn more

BBC Music Introducing: How to start a career in music. A lecture by Huw Stephens

Huw Stephens has been a champion of new music for 20 years. During his visit to Russia, Huw will look at the creative growth of some of the artists that he has helped champion, including artists like Catfish and the Bottlemen, Little Simz and The 1975. 

Huw will present a lecture in Moscow on October 8, in St Petersburg — on October 10, 2019. 

Learn more

Public Talk with Geoff Travis. How to Make a Great Independent Label

Geoff Travis, Founder and A&R Director of Rough Trade Records, will talk about the past, present and intriguing future of his legendary indie label, which has influenced the evolution of 20th-century indie music and has become a prominent symbol of the independent music scene. 

More information

Public Talk with Gavin Reid: A Community of Musicians

Knowing orchestral life as both a musician and a manager, Gavin Reid will talk about the expanding role of orchestras, concert halls and festivals in the UK, and about new, unexpected ways to share the amazing power of music with as many people as possible.

More information

Lecture by Gillian Moore: How to Create Demand for Classical Music

How does one make contemporary classical music interesting for a wide range of audiences? Gillian Moore, Music Director and Curator of the Southbank Centre’s Classical and Contemporary Music program in London, will talk about innovative educational programs and the modernization of concert activities, the possibility for the symbiosis of classics and other musical genres, and the reclamation of gender and racial balance in contemporary classical music.

More information

Lecture by Gillian Moore in St Petersburg

Gillian Moore is Music Director and Curator of the Southbank Centre’s Classical and Contemporary Music program in London. During her lecture in St Petersburg, she will talk about how one can make contemporary classical music interesting for a wide range of audiences?

More information

Roger Wright: How to Create a Socially Relevant Music Cluster

During his Moscow lecture, Roger Wright CBE, who has been Chief Executive of Snape Maltings since 2014, will talk about the history of the Aldeburgh Festival and its contemporary projects, explain what makes Snape Maltings a unique global music cluster, and share his vision of its further development.

More information

Matt Peacock: Permission to believe – arts and creativity with homeless people around the world

On January 23, Matt Peacock talked about his experience producing impressive cultural projects from London to Tokyo, from Sierra Leone to Rio — projects that show how music and opera can help bring well-being, freedom of action and security to people that found themselves out in the street at some point in their lives.

Learn more

Watch the video recording

Richard Mantle: Does opera flourish in the UK or just survive?

In his talks in Moscow and St Petersburg on February 28-29, the director of Opera North Richard Mantle will use his rich professional experience to explain why opera is the most relevant art form, and how to make it interesting to audiences today.

Learn more