Monthly Archives: July 2016

Two Weeks with Music in the Round


In the background during a concert as part of the South Yorkshire Early Years Music conference.

Emily has been doing work experience with us for a fortnight and here she shares some of her experiences.

I wanted to do work experience with Music in the Round as I’m interested in what goes on behind the scenes to produce a concert/event and what happens to make it run smoothly: as a musician myself I do not often see the management side of things.  Music in the Round organise events and concerts of a range of genres and have a big emphasis on music education, which attracted me to this particular organization.  I also like that they make an effort to involve local artists and musicians, helping to make the Sheffield arts community more connected.

In my two weeks here I have done a range of different tasks: from helping with marketing and social media to preparing for the South Yorkshire Early Years Music (SYEYM) conference to the odd spreadsheet and helping to run the conference itself  at Sheffield City Hall (on the 3rd July).

I have learned how much time and effort goes into organizing even a small event: there are so many tiny details that need to be thought of and taken care of (e.g. when exactly a piano is going to be moved).  These details are often completely taken for granted by performers until something doesn’t go to plan (I would know!), so I will appreciate this more from now on.  Communication is very important so that everyone knows exactly what they are responsible for and has an idea of everyone else’s workload.

My plans for the future are to continue getting as much experience in different areas of the music industry as I can.  I’ve just finished my second year studying Piano at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and have two more years to go.  My current career aspirations are to perform (I have a particular interest in Musical Theatre) and also to work in concert administration.  Having an insight into what it’s like to be both a performer and in management will help me to be better to work with in both areas.

Thank you to everyone at Music in the Round for making me feel so welcome.  I would encourage anyone considering doing a placement of this type to get in touch with them.

– Emily Owen