Webinar recording: Climate change - summer network meeting

Our third meeting in the termly Climate Network series (previous events 8 October 2021 and 18 February 2022) was in partnership with the Association of British Choral Directors (abcd) and included contributions from speakers focusing in more detail on how music groups can implement sustainable policies, and the process of commissioning new music on the theme of climate change.

Our speakers for this event were:

  • Jamie Saye, founder of SAIL (Sustainable Arts in Leeds), a Leeds-based consortium of organisations and companies from the cultural and creative sectors. Its mission is to act with a collective strength to enable positive change, reduce impact on the planet, ensure the sector meets the net zero ambitions of Leeds, raise awareness and promote action to tackle the global climate crisis. Jamie will talk about his insight and experience working with consortium companies like Opera North to create change and implement sustainable policies. How can we adapt these for our own, smaller organisations?
  • Tom Newall, conductor of Our Future in Your Hands, a specially commissioned oratorio that will be performed at Buxton International Festival. Tom will talk about his experience of the commissioning, rehearsal and performance of the work, which is composed by Kate Whitley and written by Laura Attridge. Over the last twenty years the global scientific community has been raising the alarm about climate change. Government action has been stuck in red tape and endless debate. The process of change has stalled. This inaction was too much for young people who have decided to go on a strike to protest the lack of action in the face of climate change. Our Future In Your Hands uses the oratorio to give voice to the hopes and fears of the young people who will one day inherit our world.

The views represented by the speakers in this webinar are their own, and do not represent the views of Making Music.

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