MISSION AND AIMS
“Young artists, however well supported, invariably have questions, doubts, insecurities, about repertoire, about balance of work, ambition versus common sense, exposure versus anonymity – it is all a first time. In the case of pianists there can also be a certain isolation which can undermine and unbalance. And for all young musicians, the difficulty of remembering that there is more to artistic richness than just practising, obsessive as that can be. I see my role – at least in these initial stages – as attempting to bring a combination of balancing and liberation, of experience and fun, of stimulus but also of learning one’s own voice and how to persist with it, developing staying power along the way. But I also want each meeting to be a treat – young musicians work so hard and they deserve it. I benefit too...” Imogen Cooper
Nurturing exceptional talent
Exceptional talent is rare and precious. The demands on a young classical musician embarking on an international career are huge – without the right support they can become overwhelming and stifle creativity. Central to this scheme is the importance of developing emerging artistic personalities. Established artists will offer their experience, skills and passion to the brightest and best among the next generation and help ensure that they reach their full potential. Through participation in public masterclasses, broadcasts, blogs and video diaries, the young artists will develop a range of presentation skills which are vital in communicating their work to new and wider audiences.
PLMS will captivate audiences through a series of innovative public masterclasses and concerts, broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, as well as a host of videos, podcasts and blogs to provide an exciting glimpse of the inner workings of this fascinating artistic relationship. Audiences will be able to view the work of classical music practitioners in a new and intimate way, breaking down some of the barriers which make classical music seem elitist and unapproachable. They will be able to watch at first-hand the challenges and excitement of a virtuoso musical career. They will explore the mentoring relationship, learn what it brings to both partners and discover how the classical music profession is developing. We estimate reaching an audience of more than 150,000.
Inspiring music students and amateur musicians
PLMS will give amateurs and those looking to go into the profession a taste of what a musical career is like. It will give an insider’s view of the issues, challenges and highlights experienced by young highflying professionals. It will inspire other aspiring musicians looking to pursue this career.
A model for the future
PLMS will investigate the benefits of mentoring and seeks to develop a model for the future. The relationship between the young artist and the mentor is an equal partnership and the scheme will allow for the differences and similarities between them and their experiences of professional life to be explored. It will assess the notion of the mentoring partnership and the distinction between it and the teacher/pupil relationship. It will explore how elements of this work can be transferred to mainstream musical education. Based on our evaluation of the scheme we intend to seek the partners and support to continue it beyond the three years currently planned.