Brighton 2019

I travelled by train on Sunday from East Croydon to Brighton to attend and organise the MU’s Delegate Conference, which occurs every other year and is an opportunity for members to hear of, and question if appropriate, the work of the Union’s Executive Committee (EC) and Officials in the previous two years. The event also discusses possible changes to the MU Rules as well as the motions proposed by the Union’s Regions, all of which call on the EC to act on the issues of the day affecting working musicians.

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Pullman Express

My wife Julie had very kindly bought me a day trip on the Pullman Express as part of my 60th birthday events and so this morning we travelled to Victoria Station and made our way to Platform 2 where the Pullman reception lounge is located. The sound of a live jazz band greeted us and I was delighted to say hello to trumpeter John Shepherd and his trio, who were regaling the gathering passengers with appropriate tunes from the 1920s and 30s.

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Drake Yolanda Award

I could be found tonight at the excellent Under the Bridge venue, Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, for the inaugural Drake Yolanda Award event. A very enjoyable evening, which benefited from live performances by the 10 winners of the 2019 prize who were selected from over 200 entries by a panel of industry judges including Gareth Malone OBE, Roisin O’Connor, X Factor winner Matt Cardle, Ben Earle from UK country band The Shires and chair Yolanda Brown.

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Ivors Academy

The Ivors Academy was launched this week, following the renaming and rebranding of BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.  The launch event took place at The Ministry of Sound in London SE1 this evening and attracted many well-known faces from across the industry.  I attended on behalf of the MU and caught up with Peter Leathem (PPL CEO), Paul Scaife (Record of the Day), plus songwriters Anna Neale and Jona Lewie amongst many others.

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