Remote but still connected: creating and sharing music during lockdown

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Remote but still connected: creating and sharing music during lockdown

September 30, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Free webinar brought to you by The Space, in association with Arts Council England.

We discovered how they created beautiful sound from bedrooms and bathrooms, and the workarounds and digital tech that made that possible. We looked at the part that social media played in helping to connect with audiences, and how creating and distributing work digitally has helped artists and organisations stay in touch with followers, fans and consumers.



Singer, songwriter and composer Tom Hickox wrote No Human Is An Island as a response to the iconic John Donne Meditation from 1624. Tom’s collaborators for this piece, commissioned for the BBC Culture In Quarantine programme, included players from the Chineke! Orchestra and video director Nicolas Jack Davies.


Chi-chi Nwanoku is the Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of the Chineke! Foundation, which supports, inspires and encourages Black, Asian and ethnically diverse musicians working in the UK and Europe. Recognised internationally as one of the finest double bass players, Chi-chi will share her experience of working with Tom, and of making music while distanced from her musical family


Sassy Hicks, head of marketing and communications for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales has been working closely with the players, bringing music and musicians to digital audiences via social media. Having creating more than thirty new strands of content in these few months, she’ll discuss what worked best, for the orchestra and audience alike.


As a technical producer with the BBC Philharmonic and a background of working with BBC R&D, Simon Highfield’s role has been to find inventive ways to work with musicians in their own homes. Simon will discuss experiments in different ways of sustaining sound quality, and how lockdown provided opportunities for the musicians to play with a whole new repertoire.