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Guest Artists 2015/6

Leading our masterclasses, CPD for musicians and mentoring emerging musicians and singers

We're thrilled to welcome our NEW Guest Artists to Cumbria!

Randolph MATTHEWS - Working with DJ legend Giles Peterson and a string of established artists in the last few years such as Plan B, Grace Jones and Shlomo, Randolph’s collaborations with the London Centre of Contemporary Music and Young Voices Choir saw him singing with over 6,000 children across the UK, cementing his commitment as a practitioner working with children and young musicians.

In his workshops and masterclasses, Randolph takes his participants on an organically magical journey through ‘edge of the seat’ improvisation - A musical volcano of clicks and glottal stops, percussive melodies and songs centred around innovative techniques.

Cleveland WATKISS - Virtuoso vocalist, actor and composer, Cleveland studied at the London School of Singing (with opera coach Arnold Rose) and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has been voted best vocalist for three consecutive years by the Guardian Jazz Awards.

Cleveland is a very keen music educator, having worked as a voice instructor at workshops in schools (Sing Up) and universities across the UK. His amazing vocal experiences have seen him perfom with a range of artists from Bob Dylan to Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder to Nigel Kennedy and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to the Düsseldorf Symphonic Orchestra,

Julie E GORDON - Julie has toured the world alongside a variety of international acts as a co-vocalist, most recently with the Happy Mondays, and has performed and recorded extensively over the course of eight years touring Japan, Europe and the UK. 

Her incredible vocal range, woven through warm melodies and dark undercurrents, conveys a vibrant and innovative approach. Julie's infectious and powerful stage presence has sparked much debate for Manchester's 'finest' Powerhouse. A former contestant on the BBC's The Voice, Julie is currently a Virgin Media Pioneer, and is in the process of developing The Vocal Pod, an online platform for all singers to market and sell their compositions to producers.

Steve IGNORANT - At 20, Singer/songwriter Steve Ignorant co-founded the anarcho-punk band Crass in 1977, Crass enjoyed huge success on the British punk scene in the early 80s with their songs Do They Owe Us A Living and Big A Little A. Steve’s unique take on the genre includes the use of tape collages, graphics, spoken word releases, poetry and improvisation. Steve and Crass are huge inspirations for our MusicZone Musicians and bands

“I want to inspire these young people to try music and have a go! I want to show them that you can do anything if you try…some of my songs are literally made up of two chords!” (The Workington Guide 2015)

Steve is an expert in using different compositional techniques in his songs, and has recently been exploring the more contemplative side to his songwriting. A long way from the anarchic aggression of Crass, with all songs set in an accoustic setting (piano, acoustic guitar and upright bass). 

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