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Reflective Conservatoire Conference
  • My ambition for the Reflective Conservatoire Conference is to be a driver of renewal and innovation in the performing arts

Reflective Conservatoire Conference

The Reflective Conservatoire Conference (RCC) is a major international meeting point for practitioners, researchers and institutional leaders involved in specialist performing arts training and its impact in society.

I initiated this conference back in 2006, motivated by my interests and unanswered questions as an oboe teacher, deputy head of the wind department and early career researcher. I wanted to establish an international network of like-minded people, and to stimulate dialogue, creative thinking and reflection on how we do things in Conservatoire contexts.

RCC takes place every three years, and attracts presenters and delegates from all over the world. It provides an opportunity to experience some of the latest practices and thinking in specialist arts education and training, and to engage in lively conversation and debate.

My ambition is for this conference to be an increasingly important driver of renewal and innovation in the performing arts, one that supports and challenges us in crafting developmental practices that both enable emerging artists to produce the most exciting and relevant work for contemporary contexts, and deepen the meaning and influence of the arts in society.

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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.