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6th November 2017, MDf08: Creative Industry Talk
Dan Watts: Film and TV Composer
A graduate of the Musicians Institute London, Dan is an accomplished guitarist and pianist working in contemporary music, film and TV. Although mainly a composer, he has also worked as a session guitarist, producer, mixer, arranger and orchestrator for other composers and recording artists. Dan has written music for the Dr Who spin-off, The Sarah James Adventures; the BBC/Freemantle science fantasy Wizards vs. Aliens (2012); documentaries, The Story of the Costume Drama (2008 – ITV) and For Neda (2010 – HBO); the cooking shows Simply Italian (2012 – Channel 4/Freshone) and My Kitchen (2011 – Good Food Channel/Endermol) as well as music for Panasonic, Rhino Barriers and PolyJohn amongst others. Dan is currently working for the Bosworth production library whilst also putting the finishing touches to a solo album and scoring the up-coming feature film Seagull.

13th November 2017, MDf08: Creative Industry Talk
David Taylor: Founder and Director of Yorkshire Young Sinfonia

One of the leading entrepreneurs in classical music, David Taylor is the CEO and Founder of the acclaimed Yorkshire Young Sinfonia (YYS). Since its creation, YYS has reached an audience of over 3 million people in just 2 years. YYS continues to grow, receiving widespread media coverage, including the BBC Radio 4 documentary ‘Birth of an Orchestra’ and winning the White Rose Awards 2016 – Arts and Culture Award – the largest tourism awards in the UK. Other coverage includes The Telegraph, Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and Classical Music Magazine. In 2017, YYS will became the first youth orchestra in the world to be 100% digital, using iPads instead of sheet music with the app Newzik and performed with international violinist Ray Chen. As a self-starter in the arts, David has developed an in depth knowledge of the classical music industry and a wide range of skills and feels it is hugely important to pass the lessons he has learnt on to others. David is passionate about enabling the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, and ‘doers’ in the arts. He regularly speaks and writes about entrepreneurship, arts education and classical music; both to young people and those already established within the sector. Before founding YYS, David taught cello at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (Jerusalem).

 20th November 2017, MDf08: Creative Industry Talk
Greg Fitzgerald: Music Producer

Record Producer and Songwriter Greg Fitzgerald has worked with major recording artists and record labels. He has achieved No.1 chart positions In the UK, Europe Korea and Australia as well as two top five U.S Billboard chart positions. Greg produced and Co-wrote the title track for Kylie Minogue’s ‘Fever’ album, which has sold over 8 million copies worldwide. Additionally ‘Fever’ won a ‘Brit Award’ for ‘best international album’. Greg also Co-Produced and Co-wrote ‘Burning Up’ from the same album, which featured on Kylie’s ‘Showgirl’ tour ‘mixed with Madonna’s Vogue. ‘Burning Up’ was also used in a ‘Slim fast’ Television advertisement campaign in the U.S.A. Greg produced and co-wrote ‘Forbidden Fruit’ forJessica Simpson’salbum ‘In This Skin’. Album sales exceeded 7 million copies. 

Additional credits/Collaborations include…
Madonna ‘Revenge’ (co-write with Madonna & Rick Nowels)
Daryl hall & John Oates, 3 tracks on ‘Do It For Love’ album co-production/writing. 500,000 sales+
Tina Arena, Production & co-writing on 4 albums. Sales 100,000+
Di-Rect. ‘Hungry For Love’ Co-write (#1  Holland)
Avicci, Lulu, Atomic kitten, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Holly Valance, Cathy Dennis, Jamelia, Emma Bunton, Gareth Gates, Sarah Whatmore, Heaven 17 & many more…

27th November 2017, MDf08: Creative Industry Talk
Lewis Edmunds: Music Theatre Composer and Music Director (and CCCU Alumnus!)
Biography on the way…

 4th December 2017, MDf08: Creative Industry Talk
Kelly Lovelday: Orchestral Conductor and Director
Kelly Lovelady is an Australian conductor based in London and in increasing demand abroad. Kelly has appeared as a Guest Conductor with ensembles across the UK, US, Canada, Europe and Australia and has enjoyed repeat invitations to conduct for Greenpeace, City of London Festival, Cluster New Music & Integrated Arts Festival and Pop Montreal International Music Festival. Kelly has appeared with soloists including Lara St John, John Williams, Emma Pearson, Charlotte Church, Amy Dickson, Jayson Gillham and Elena Xanthoudakis and has assisted conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Otto Tausk and Richard Bonynge. In recent years Kelly has joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Assistant Conductor for performances at Royal Festival Hall, and Konzert und Theater St Gallen as Assistant Conductor for the Swiss premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin. In 2015 she was a rehearsal conductor for Simon Rattle’s Young Orchestra for London project and has performed at venues including the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, Union Chapel, LSO St Luke’s, Australia House London, Rachel Browne Theatre, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Société des Arts Technologiques Montreal. Kelly is the founding Artistic Director and conductor of Ruthless Jabiru, a London chamber orchestra dedicated to exploring humanitarian stories through New music.