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Professor Helena Gaunt specialises in development processes in and through the performing arts.

She is currently Vice Principal and Director of Academic Affairs at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, providing strategic leadership in research, programme development, innovation and enterprise. She has extensive professional experience as an oboist, conservatoire teacher and researcher, and has recently been awarded an MBA with distinction from Ashridge Business School.


Explore this site to find out more about Helena, what she does and the projects she's involved in. If you're an individual or business keen to find out more about how creative collaborations might be able to help you or your organisation then please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Collaborative Learning in Higher Music Education, co-edited with Professor Heidi Westerlund. Published by Ashgate, it can be ordered direct from the publisher.

Preparing for Success: A Practical Guide for Young Musicians, co-authored with Susan Hallam. You can find it on Amazon, here, or order direct from the publisher.






 

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Research exploring key skills and qualities for successful orchestral musicians.
Supporting start-ups and sustainable business in the performing arts

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Why entrepreneurship should be at the heart of higher education, and what we’re doing about it at the Guildhall School….
Universities are melting pots of creative, bright and idealistic young people – they have the potential to be hotbeds of innovation. Those specialising in...
As we embrace the new year, here's a blog about leadership in the arts, not about celebrity, but about slow burn growth, connecting personal and...
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Creative Entrepreneurship, do we really need to bother in the performing arts? And is it relevant to what we do in Higher Education?

In a nutshell

So why should you be interested in Learning in and through the Performing Arts?

The collaborative processes of the performing arts open a pandora's box of possibilities for artistic, personal and organizational development. They are subtle and multi-layered, embodied practices that can yield much more than what individuals bring to them, creatively and in terms of human exchange. My work is about continuing to develop these processes for the twenty-first century, so that artists can adapt to their changing contexts and enable their work to take root as creative entrepreneurs, and so that the processes of the arts can be shared and enhanced through exchange with other disciplines and across cultural contexts.