December, 2014

Welcome to the Christmas edition of our monthly newsletter. As 2014 draws to a close, here's a brief recap of the latest projects we've been working on, as well as what's coming up in the New Year. This month's Profile features London-based creative arts company, Heart N Soul, whose extensive work with disabled and non-disabled musicians has greatly increased understanding and awareness around the talents and capabilities of disabled people in the arts. Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Mark Williams, reflects on the company's recent success, including London's longest-running multi-media clubnight, The Beautiful Octopus Project, and Heart N Soul artists performing in front of an incredible 80,000 people at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony in 2012. Be sure to check out our jingly December Staff Shuffle Playlist, guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! Or something similar.    

News and Features

The end of November saw Mercury Prize-nominated jazz rockers, Roller Trio, perform at the National Museum in Khartoum as part of British Council Music's ongoing cultural exchange programme in Sudan.  To kick off 2015 we're heading to Glasgow for Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections. Now in it's 16th year the industry week of performances highlight some of Scotland's best emerging talent. We'll be inviting a global community of festival directors, producers, programmers, bookers and more.