MAX Founding Members

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ANDREW WATTS

Countertenor

"I am really excited to be part of the mission of MAX. This is the perfect moment in time to re-invent and re-imagine the whole landscape of art and culture."

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GWENETH ANN RAND

Opera Singer, Composer, Producer

"Some of the challenges we face are to rebuild our cultural and artistic futures, to amalgamate the ideals of the past, present and future and to make sure that creatives will never again be 'afterthoughts'."

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CAROLINE CLEGG

Director and Educator

"I am delighted to be part of MAX. I am passionate that access to music and the arts should be a fundamental right for all alongside health and education."

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NICHOLAS DANIEL

Oboist and Conductor

"The current crisis in Music and the Arts is a clear and highly visible rupture. This creates a once in a lifetime opportunity to rebuild music as we want to see it for future generations. MAX wants to help shape that and I'm honoured to be a part of it."

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CHRISTOPHER GILLETT

Tenor and Writer

"I've joined MAX to advocate for change. The conversation about classical music can no longer be about the dress code and when to applaud. It's time for a serious shake-up."

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JONATHAN IRONS

Music Marketing

"We can't go back, so where do we go? We need a serious discussion about innovation, diversity and sustainability in music. MAX is having that discussion and I'm proud to be part of it."

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AMOS MILLER

Trombonist and Educator

"I am passionate about finding ways to remove the illusion of "untouchability" from classical performances, both by developing better systems to identify and nurture young talent from far more diverse backgrounds, and by empowering orchestral musicians to have fear-free creative input into their programming."

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JACKIE NEWBOULD

Creative Producer, Artist Development

"Artists are precious because they make work about what it is to be human. Put them at the centre of things and we find hope. Add a sprinkling of skilled enablers and you find solutions. This is the strength of MAX."

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LUCY SCHAUFER

Performer, Producer and Educator

"Artist producers and established organisations have an opportunity to create new ways of collaborating and harnessing potential for a viable, vibrant cultural landscape. MAX is how we can build this together."

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RAYMOND YIU

Composer, Pianist, Conductor, Writer

"Although the future is uncertain for many artists and musicians, it is also the perfect opportunity to proactively reshape the artistic world in to a form more relevant to the society we live in. MAX is the perfect arena to contribute and develop ideas which can make this happen."

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RICHARD BAKER

Composer and Conductor

"Classical Music's duty to encourage new voices and audiences doesn't stop because circumstances are hard. I'm delighted to be part of MAX, a forum where the question is always: 'what is possible?'"

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IAIN BURNSIDE

Pianist

"At a time when the music industry is looking to reinvent itself, MAX is a wonderful forum in which to explore ideas; a meeting place where colleagues from different sectors challenge one another to think."

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GERRY CORNELIUS

Conductor

"MAX has been an increasingly positive and constructive place to share ideas, visions and discover a voice for all those involved in classical music and with a mind to its future."

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AMY LOUISE EWEN

Student Assistant, Horn Player

"The next generation of artists are entering the creative sector during a time of crisis and uncertainty. I feel confident in MAX's ability to help facilitate real, innovative change for the future of the arts."

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BARRY IFE

Research Professor, GSMD

"My musical education changed my life and made me who I am. By working with MAX I want to ensure that everyone has the chance to experience the transformative power of music."

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MIRANDA JACKSON

Music and Psychotherapy

"Classical music has weathered a prolonged war of attrition over the last half century. It's time for a radical rethink about how we make accessible all the music which makes our lives worth living. That's why I joined MAX."

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ELAINE MITCHENER

Vocal and Movement Artist

"I am excited to be part of MAX, and share in its passion and creative activism to effect positive change for an arts future that is diverse, equitable, and accessible for all."

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DAVID PARRY

Conductor

"Music is for everyone. Our task is to take down the barriers of cost, snobbery and presumed ownership that prevent so many people from finding the opportunities to experience what we do. MAX is a perfect forum in which to explore how we go about this task."

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JESSICA WALKER

Singer, Writer and Educator

"My particular interest as part of MAX, is looking at how we might cultivate more progressive partnerships between independent artists and arts organisations"