An Open Conservatoire

The British Gillian Moore is Artist in Residence (AIR) at the Conservatory of Amsterdam this academic year, under the name: 'An Open Conservatoire'. Moore works, among other things, as an Artistic Associate at the Southbank Center in London.

Artist in Residence at the CvA: An Open Conservatoire
Music education should be for everyone, but that is not self-evident. With this residency we investigate the role of the Conservatory of Amsterdam in the culturally rich and musical city of Amsterdam where the conservatory has its roots. This marks a period of listening, reflection, and action: in which ways could the broadest possible community participate in the musical vibrancy of the CvA and the city?

About Gillian Moore
Gillian Moore was born in Glasgow and is a pioneer in the integration of education and artistic practice. Moore has been committed to bringing music and art to the London community for over 35 years. She has made an immense contribution not only to the Southbank Centre, but also to the cultural landscape of the United Kingdom. Moore has been combating inequality in classical music for years, through initiatives such as the Southbank Centre's Women in Music programs, and its close relationship with Chineke!, “Europe's first majority black orchestra”.

Gillian regularly writes and speaks about music and education; she contributes to BBC's The Proms, and she is a board member of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Philharmonic Society, among others. Moore has received several awards for her services.

Social impact and responsibility
In the current mission and vision of the CvA - which is currently being crafted - accessibility, social impact and social responsibility are important themes. Moore's residency provides the perfect opportunity to comprehensively explore the role of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in these issues. In this integrative research, teachers, students, and partners are involved to investigate how the conservatory can manifest itself more in the city. In addition, the CvA wants to celebrate and strengthen those teachers and employees who in addition to their creativity and teaching, have a strong focus on the above-mentioned themes. Current external collaborations within this portfolio include: Aslan Muziekcentrum, Het Leerorkest, Musicians Without Borders and JINC.

Visits and lecture series
At the beginning of October '23, Gillian visited the Amsterdam Conservatory and interacted with many teachers during the Teachers Café, the now famous inspiration café CvA’s teachers and employees. The second visit will be planned in early 2024 in which the focus will be on meetings with external partners and cultural organizations in Amsterdam. Moore will also meet students from the conservatory and share her initial findings with the organization. There will also be several interviews in the form of a lecture series with musicians and innovators who appeal to the imagination in terms of artistry and social character. These names will be announced soon.

Festive conference at the end of 2024
Gillian's visits and the events will lead to a festive conference at the end of 2024 in the context of the 140th anniversary of the Conservatory of Amsterdam. All academies within the AHK are cordially invited to think about this, contribute and be part of this special residency.

Want to know more about Gillian Moore? See the Southbank Centre website. Here are some articles by Moore in The Guardian.