Development Workshop Leaders

David Lawrence
David Lawrence is one of the UK's most versatile conductors, working with orchestras, symphony choruses and national youth choirs. He has conducted in more than 20 countries, including India, the USA, UAE, Singapore, and has worked regularly in Australia since 2005. David is on the choral staff of the London Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and is well known as a leader of ‘big sing’ events, such as the 700-voice Spem in Alium he conducted for BBC 4 and the Young Voices concert series, which annually sees him conduct choirs of more than 8,000 singers.
Lucy Griffiths
Lucy Griffiths is much in demand as a conductor, workshop leader and animateur. She is Assistant Director of Music at the University of Warwick, Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra's Junior Choir, and Musical Director of the Severn Trent Water Choir. She has a busy and varied career, working with many of the UK's orchestras and opera companies. Lucy is a specialist in the field of choral education and engagement. She believes passionately in the power of music to positively transform lives, and enjoys working with singers of ages and from all walks of life.
Jez Wiles
Jez Wiles has made music with Pierre Boulez and The London Symphony Orchestra; on stage with Carlos Acosta and The Royal Ballet; with Massive Attack, Tim Minchin, Goldie and Jamie Cullum with The Heritage Orchestra; on film recordings such as Antman, Dad’s Army, The Man form U.N.C.L.E. and Gold; on albums by Brian Eno, Foy Vance and ABC; at Notting Hill Carnival on the street with Paraiso School of Samba since 2002; and in schools, hospices, offices and prisons for LSO Discovery and Create. He also teaches at London College of Music where he is completing a Masters in Music Industry Management and Artist Development, the research element of which is driven by an interest in cultural meeting points in music making of all kinds.
Robbie Jacobs
Robbie Jacobs was the Senior Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge, before studying Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. He is now a professional conductor and tenor working with a number of choirs across the UK, including professional choir - Reverie, which he founded in 2012, The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Southend Festival Chorus, and a number of choirs for Music in Offices. He is an Arsenal supporter and slow but persistent jogger.
Lincoln Abbotts
Lincoln is a musician, workshop leader, and leadership and team building consultant for Music in Offices. He engages teams and delivers programmes using a musical mindset to affect management thinking. Through presenting different approaches to listening, working collaboratively, responding, leading and exploring the power and role of the conductor, Lincoln offers a unique approach to leadership styles. He is Executive Director of Strategic Development at ABRSM (the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, delivering over 65k music exams and assessments every year in 93 countries). Lincoln’s role builds on the organisation’s 127-year history, and he has specific responsibility for partnership building, research and public affairs work.
Sandy Burnett
Sandy Burnett enjoys a varied career that embraces conducting, broadcasting, playing double bass, and communicating his passion for music. He spent a decade as one of the key music presenters on BBC Radio 3. On double bass he is a regular at Ronnie Scott's and other leading jazz venues. Conducting credits include a complete cycle of Bach cantatas and work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and in London's West End. He leads lecture trips to European music festivals for ACE Cultural Tours, and has spoken on music and creativity at TEDx and for the UK Civil Service.
Catherine Arlidge
Catherine is a violinist, educator and concert presenter. Appointed by Sir Simon Rattle, she is a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, dedicating her professional life to performing, touring and recording with the CBSO, along side a busy programme of educational activities. She is also a founder member of The Stringcredibles and programmes and presents concerts across the UK for children, families and audiences new to classical music. She is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Salomon Prize, a prestigious award celebrating ‘her great skill for motivating and inspiring colleagues, and for engaging with her audience.’