City Music Foundation (CMF) is pleased to announce the six artists joining the CMF Artist Programme as ‘2018 CMF Artists’: A4 Brass Quartet, Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano), Toby Hughes (double bass), Ariana Kashefi (cello), Tom Millar (jazz piano), and Emily Sun (violin).

Chosen from over 150 applicants, these six successful artists were selected through a series of audition stages, culminating in a final live audition chaired by Ian Ritchie (Festival Curator & Artistic Director). Judges included Michael Collins (clarinetist & conductor), Gary Crosby (Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Tomorrow’s Warriors), Huw Humphreys (Head of Music, Barbican Centre), Mats Lidström (cellist & composer), Sebastian Scotney (Editor, London Jazz News), Roger Vignoles (pianist), and Howard Williams (conductor).

CMF’s mission is to turn exceptional musical talent into professional success by equipping outstanding musicians with the tools, skills, experience, and networks they need to build and sustain rewarding and profitable careers.

Through an annual competitive audition process, we select classical soloists and chamber ensembles, as well as jazz, folk, and world musicians. These ‘CMF Artists’ then engage in an innovative two-year programme, which includes artistic and business mentoring, as well as professional development workshops. These workshops cover a range of topics such as managing finances, tax and pensions, legal input on copyright and contracts, plus presentation and interview skills, promotion and publicity strategies, and much more.

We work with the CMF Artists to develop professional promotional tools such as websites, photos, recordings, and videos, as well as providing help with commissioning and other projects to ensure that each musician develops a unique niche and selling point. We present CMF Artists in our own recital series and residencies and arrange performance opportunities at venues and festivals throughout the UK and beyond, as well as securing airtime on BBC Radio 3 and promotion through online, print, and social media.

Now in its sixth year, previous CMF Artists include jazz bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado (now a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist), Foyle-Stsura Duo (debut albums to be released on Delphian and Challenge Records this year), recorder player Tabea Debus (now a YCAT Artist), jazz clarinetist and founding member of Kansas Smitty’s Giacomo Smith, soprano Raphaela Papadakis, and guitarist Andrey Lebedev.

 

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