Application deadline: November 11

Moscow Music School, ICMP and the Cultural Section of the British Embassy in Moscow are inviting music professionals to apply for a free three-day workshop around Music Performance. The workshop is offered as part of Selector PRO, a British Council programme that connects music people from around the world with specialist music experts from the UK who deliver training, share their stories and discuss local and global themes affecting the contemporary music industry. Selector PRO takes its name from the British Council’s Selector Radio show – broadcast weekly in over 35 countries to an audience of 4 million listeners.


The 3-day Selector PRO workshop will take place at the Moscow Music School and is open to professionals with previous music performance experience. It will be delivered by Ben Jones, a professional bassist and musical director, and Charlotte Hatherley, an internationally recognised guitarist, songwriter and singer. 

This intensive course runs from 23–25 November 2019 and will include a range of presentations, case studies, practical workshops and feedback sessions. The course will cover the fundamental elements and key concepts of music performance, as well as giving participants an opportunity to practice skills in areas such as performance, rehearsal technique, stage craft, arrangement, team-work within an ensemble, music theory, reading notation, cross-cultural awareness and stylistic authenticity.

Throughout the workshop sessions, participants will receive individual professional feedback on their performances and be shown where improvements can be made. They will also have the opportunity to perform with the tutors, therefore experiencing what it is like to work along-side professional musicians and getting a taste of the level required to be successful in today’s modern music society.  

On the final day of the course participants will be given the opportunity to take part in one-to-one mentoring sessions with the UK tutors, enabling them to; dive deeper into specific areas of interest, discuss individual projects and work on any personal goals or challenges. 

Successful applicants

The deadline for applications is 11 November 2019. To apply please fill in the application form here.

Successful applicants will be informed by email on 15 November 2019.

Selection criteria for candidates: 

  • Previous music performance experience;
  • An understanding of music theory: chords, rhythms etc. An ability to notate simple melody ideas would be an advantage but is not essential;
  • High level of English (upper-intermediate/advanced) as no translation will be  available during the workshop;
  • Strong motivation and interest in active participation;
  • Inspiration to help develop and contribute to the music industry in Russia.

About the tutors

Ben Jones

Ben Jones is a talented bassist with over ten years’ experience playing live and on television before crowds in the tens of thousands. Since graduating from the BMus in Popular Music Performance at ICMP, Ben has performed all over the world including to 30,000 people in London’s Trafalgar Square and at the prestigious Continental Gallery in Austin TX.

Ben has worked with many different musicians and artists over the years including; J.J Johnson (John Mayer, Tedeschi Trucks Band) Apache Indian ("Boomshakalak" fame), Mike Packer (Michael Bolton) and Ace (Skunk Anansie) as well as producers including Joshua Blair (Mark Ronson, Duran Duran) Paul Castle (Ian Dury & The Blockheads) Ajay Svristava (Phizzical Productions, Haaithi Productions, Jamiroquai), Richard Flack (Robbie Williams) and Bruce Hughes (Satellite Studios, Jason Mraz) as well as playing 

Ben has appeared live on Sky TV, ITV, Brit Asia and Zee TV and recent years have seen him playing for acts such as; Odyssey and YelloWire. 

Charlotte Hatherley

Charlotte Hatherley is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist. She initially came to prominence as guitarist and backing vocalist for alternative rock band Ash. After leaving Ash in 2006, she recorded and performed extensively with artists including Bryan Ferry, Bat For Lashes, KT Tunstall, Birdy, and Nakhane. Her fourth solo album, True Love, was released in 2018, inspired by her love of science fiction, the album tells the story of Traveller, a heartbroken alien searching for love.

With a focus to develop her career beyond artistry and performance Charlotte collaborated with sci-fi specialist and acclaimed film director and designer Gavin Rothery, to create an ethereal soundscape for his short film ‘The Last Man’.

Charlotte also wrote the music for Stella Feehily’s play ‘This May Hurt A Bit’ directed by Max Stafford-Clark, as well as collaborating with the European Space Agency on their visual content and live events.





About Moscow Music School 

The Moscow Music School is a school of contemporary music. They inspire and educate young new talents to embark upon successful careers in the music industry as producers, solo artists, sound engineers, managers, sound artists and sound designers.

The Moscow Music School, together with the British Higher School of Art and Design, the Moscow Film School, the Scream School and the Moscow Architecture School MARCH form the ‘Universal University’ – a consortium of independent educational institutions that offer high-quality education in the creative fields. 

Their educational programme includes three courses of continuous professional development in the following specialties: Music Production, Songwriting and Music Performance, and Music Business. These courses are two years long, covering a full range of disciplines required for a contemporary music artist and music industry professional. Each course is developed together with the programme leader – a musician or specialist within the music industry.

About Selector PRO

Selector PRO connects music people from around the world with specialist music experts from the UK who deliver training, share their stories and discuss local and global themes affecting the contemporary music industry. Participants include musicians, managers, producers and journalists at various stages in their careers but all interested in developing their knowledge and networks. 

Over the years, the programme has been designed to respond to the particular industry needs in a range of countries from India to Armenia. It began in Russia in 2016, originally managed by the British Council in Russia; from 2019 the programme will be delivered by the Cultural and Education section of the British Embassy in Moscow. This latest iteration of the programme will create links between UK and Russian industry and entrepreneurship, provide training and support for developing Russian musicians, managers and journalists and share professional expertise and showcase new talent from the UK.

Selector PRO takes its name from the British Council’s Selector Radio show – broadcast weekly in over 35 countries to an audience of 4 million listeners.

About ICMP

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) has been developing and delivering music education and training to students of contemporary music for over 30 years. ICMP is arguably one of the most international music schools in the UK and offers innovative courses for Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Songwriting, Music Business and Music Production. Tutors focus on the needs and potential of individual students, ensuring that the education provided is personalised, therefore giving them the best chance of success in the very competitive environment of the music industry. 

ICMP is widely recognised for its aumni success, industry connections and collaborations, exclusive industry partnerships, masterclasses, inspiring learning environments, experienced and expert tutors, 'The Hub’ – their link between the classroom and the music industry