We are delighted to welcome five musicians to the Wigmore Hall Learning programme this year, who will each develop their skills and experience in workshop leading through taking part in a range of projects including Chamber Tots and Come and Create.
Inês Delgado’s greatest passion is to explore how music can help others, and her purpose is to create meaningful musical moments to enhance people's health, wellbeing and happiness. Her devotion to community music has taken her to be the Music Ambassador for Turtle Song, a music project for people living with dementia, since 2019. Inês has also conducted a research project on music and dementia. Inês is a London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future First violinist, and member of Duo Eunoia, which is devoted to exploring the voices of unheard female composers.
Alex Fryer studied music at the University of Southampton, before pursuing a Masters in oboe performance at the Royal College of Music. As well as playing the oboe, he is a keen singer and conductor and enjoys employing his skills in a variety of creative musical projects. In 2019, Alex was part of Southbank Sinfonia, with whom he performed at the BBC Proms and on Unclassified Live, broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Originally from Milton Keynes, Maddy Hamilton graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in July 2020. Maddy enjoys a varied musical life and regularly performs in many different settings. Maddy is a regular member of Capital Orchestra, the UK’s first intercollegiate pop and jazz orchestra, an avid chamber musician and a passionate educator.
Nadia Javed is lead singer and guitarist of the band The Tuts, an all-female, all-feminist, DIY “3-Tone” trio (of proud Caribbean, English and Indian/Pakistani origin), avatars in the ongoing debate over inclusivity in the music scene. Over the years they've secured tours with Kate Nash, The Selecter, played Glastonbury and more recently supported The Specials on a month-long tour. Nadia has also just embarked on her solo career. A stripped down project showcasing her more personal material and an exploration of identity politics; delving into her hilarious and relatable anecdotes from her journey growing up as a working class British Muslim punk which she recently showcased at Edinburgh fringe festival, playing a string of sold out shows.
Amrit Sohal is a recent graduate of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she studied performance with a specialism in the French horn. With a passion for creating an inclusive environment within music education, Amrit created Motherland Music CIC for which she runs workshops based on composers from ethnic minority backgrounds. She strongly believes in the importance of using music within the community, and has volunteered and worked with organisations such as BCMG. She also plays in Birmingham-based French horn quartet, Lunar Quartet. Outside of music, she loves baking and is a keen knitter.
“Wigmore Hall Learning engages a huge variety of participants from a broad range of backgrounds, so I’m really looking forward to experiencing this diversity in music-makers through the Pathway Scheme. I will be fascinated to see how music is used differently with different groups and to learn from the amazing music leaders that run the sessions.”Alex Fryer
“I’m really looking forward to joining Wigmore Hall’s Pathways programme, as I’m really keen to develop my skills as a practitioner and music leader, to enable me to encourage creativity within all facets of the community and help me to create the positive change in people’s lives that I believe music has the power to bring.”Amrit Sohal
"I feel so privileged to be part of this incredible scheme offered by the Wigmore Hall. I am looking forward to gaining an insight into the Wigmore Hall's innovative education programmes and learning new skills from the music leaders. I am also looking forward to developing my creative music making practice and expanding my experience of music in community outreach settings, which is something I am very passionate about. I believe that everyone has a voice to be heard and that music has the ability to bring joy to every corner of society, so I am very excited to have this opportunity to gain invaluable training and experience from such a highly regarded institution as the Wigmore Hall."Maddy Hamilton