Matilda Lloyd, trumpeter

I feel that I have been successful in a concert if I have genuinely moved the audience by the end. Whether that’s bringing happiness and making people smile through playing fun virtuosic works such as Arban’s Carnival of Venice, or causing people to feel emotional through performing works like Deborah Pritchard’s Seven Halts on the Somme, which was written to commemorate the centenary of the First World War

Rebecca Rowe, composer

It feels as though, from the earliest I can remember, music has not just been a part of my life, it IS my life and I am fortunate to have never had to sit and decide what career I would take; I was always going to be a musician. It’s as though it’s part of your DNA; as important to you as breathing

Laura Schwendinger, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Hearing the San Fransisco Symphony play the Rite of Spring when I was young. My father would also wake us up with loud classical music on weekends and I loved it. From there flute lessons at 7, composing by 10….

Tristan Eckerson, composer, pianist and producer

Be yourself, do what makes you happy and create the music that is genuinely you. And if you truly want to do music for a living, get ready to work really hard, and most importantly, never give up.

Ian Tindale, pianist & song accompanist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? It was a fairly late realisation that it was possible to do music (let alone accompaniment) as a career at all! Early on at secondary school I had the chance to accompany a few other musicians which was something…

Gil Jetley, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up piano? Actually I don’t recall being inspired or even asking my parents if I could take up piano. We weren’t a musical family and in the difficult post-war years I had no record player, concerts, or any musical experiences beyond a daily dose of BBC Light Programme’s…