BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET wins a BBC Performing Arts Fund Music Fellowship award

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET wins a BBC Performing Arts Fund Music Fellowship award


Birmingham bbcRoyal Ballet (BRB) is delighted to be included amongst 19 organisations to have won a BBC Performing Arts Fund (PAF) Music Fellowship award. The award will allow BRB and its full-time orchestra the Royal Ballet Sinfonia to work with Conducting Fellow James Ham. The Company will mentor, build on and hone Ham’s current skills to enable him to succeed as a ballet conductor with a leading ballet company such as Birmingham Royal Ballet and its Sinfonia.


James Ham, BBC PAF Fellow, said: I am delighted to be joining Birmingham Royal Ballet as their Conducting Fellow. The transition between full-time study and establishing oneself within the profession is one of the most difficult periods, so this fellowship comes at a crucial stage in my career. I am very grateful to Birmingham Royal Ballet for initially nominating me for a BBC Performing Arts Fund Music Fellowship and very much look forward to working with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and the company as a whole over the coming months.

John Beadle, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Orchestra Director, said: This Fellowship from the BBC Performing Arts Fund is a great opportunity for Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia to work with and mentor an exciting young conductor and increase the ranks of experienced ballet conductors in this country. In addition, the Fellowship is intended to act as a pilot for a new scheme of training and mentoring for emerging conductors. We plan to use the lessons learned to develop and implement similar placements in future years, allowing a steady stream of fresh talent to feed into the ballet conducting pool in the UK and establishing Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia as pioneers in training the ballet conductors of the future.


From the BBC press release: The BBC Performing Arts Fund has awarded a total of £190,000 to 19 music organisations across the UK in order to host a bespoke placement opportunity as part of its Music Fellowship scheme. The Fellowships range from a singer working with Urban Development in East London to an assistant conductor with the English Touring Opera; from folk to pop; from Belfast to Exeter and all across the UK. The selected organisations will host a Fellow, offering an opportunity for motivated individuals to work under the guidance of professional mentors to develop their skills, showcase their work and experience the reality of working in the music industry across a wide range of genres. Successful organisations were able to demonstrate that a Fellowship placement with them would offer significant professional development opportunities for a Fellow, that their placement would be realistic and achievable, and that the selection process they went through to identify the Fellow was fair and transparent.


Miriam O’Keeffe, Director of the Fund, said: We are delighted that the money raised through the phone voting on The Voice will be used to support the support the next generation of musical talent.  Working with some of the most well respected arts & music organisations in the UK will not only nurture this talent, but will give the Fellows the experience and confidence to pursue their musical ambitions.


Mark Linsey, Controller, BBC Entertainment Commissioning, said: The Voice is really pleased and proud to be associated with the BBC Performing Arts Fund. There is such a strong synergy between the two as both want to get behind and promote great talent and see it prosper and reach its full potential.

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