Alex Clarke, who joins us from the Music Department in Westminster Abbey will be working with students to develop musical aspirations and seeking out performance opportunities on campus and in Bath. So far Alex has been getting to know students, arts societies, and developing connections with venues in the city for performances, this could include care homes to festivals, museums to bars and live music venues.
We caught up with Alex to find out more about this exciting new role…
Where have you come from?
My career has mostly been based in music education. Not teaching, but working to create more opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with music. I’ve worked at the Royal Academy of Music, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Westminster Abbey in roles along these lines. But after having my daughter, and having spent 11 years in London, it was time to move on, and I’m excited to explore the creative life and countryside of the South West.
Tell us a bit more about what your role involves…
I work directly with students to support them with their musical aspirations and projects. I also work to identify performance opportunities for our students, not just at The Edge, but across campus and in the heart of the city. We’re keen to have more of a student presence artistically in Bath, so I’m building relationships and meeting lots of people to find new ways for students to get performing.
How can we give University of Bath more opportunities to pursue their creative passions?
I think the most important thing is to be here and to listen to what students want. I really believe that music should be accessible to everyone, so if you’re a Grade 8 cellist or a self-taught guitarist, or if you want to be a professional musician or you play just for a hobby or your wellbeing – you should be able to have the opportunities to do so. Music is universal but is so personal, so I want to provide opportunities for students to learn and engage with music in whatever way is important to them.
What are you looking forward to working on?
I’m looking forward to hearing more music on campus (not just at The Edge), and in Bath itself. I want to get our students performing and engaging with music more, and hopefully in the process getting to meet more students and find out what I can support them with. So if you’re reading this and want to do something with music and don’t know where to start – come and find me!
If you’d like to discuss potential musical projects or collaborations, please get in touch with Alex.