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Royal College of Music event: Daniel Kidane goes back to school!

Academy member Daniel Kidane and alumni of the Royal College of Music returns back to college for a special guest artist session shining a light on the ‘real life’ of a professional composer.

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Returning to the Academy office after the Christmas festivities and celebrations, we kicked-off the New Year with our first Academic Partners event of 2019.

We are grateful to the Royal College of Music for hosting this guest artist session in the warm acoustic of the wood panelled Parry Room. Joining me on this very wet afternoon was the ‘quietly impressive’ professional Academy member, composer Daniel Kidane. With an audience of mainly MA composition students Daniel gave a professional insider’s guide to the ‘day-to-day life’ of a composer and how his career started. There were astute insights into the music business within the Classical genre, tackling subjects such as the nature of commissioning and answering questions like ‘Is an agent really necessary for a composer…?’ For Daniel, it was a welcome return to his old college and also a chance to share his thoughts and practical experience on the craft of composition.

The Ivors Academy would like to thank William Mival (RCM Head of Composition) and Dr. Jonathan Cole (RCM Senior Lecturer in Compostion) for making this event happen.

Wesley John, Academic Partners Coordinator

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