His Excellency Mr Amish Tripati, Minister (Culture), Indian High Commission, UK & Director, Nehru Centre, London
Dr Shashank Vikram, Consul General of India, Birmingham is Diplomat from the 2004 Batch of Indian Foreign Service(IFS). Dr Vikram is a medical graduate. Before assuming the charge of CG, Birmingham, he has served in various capacities in Government of India, in Indian embassies abroad and in the State Government of Uttar Pradesh. He has worked in Embassy of India, Lisbon, Embassy of India, Brasilia and also as Consul General of India, Durban, South Africa. In Ministry of External Affairs he has served in PAI and OIA Divisions. In Uttar Pradesh, Dr Vikram has served as Special Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) & Additional Mission Director for National Urban Health Mission and as Special Secretary(Tourism) & Managing Director, UP State Tourism Development Corporation (UPSTDC). Dr Vikram is the Chief Patron of the World Music Conference, with the aim of promoting Music and Mental Health.
Amish is a diplomat, author and columnist. He has taken over as the Director of The Nehru Centre in London in October 2019. Amish has been listed among the 50 most powerful Indians by India Today magazine in 2019. Forbes India has regularly ranked Amish among the top 100 most influential celebrities in India. Amish was also selected as an Eisenhower Fellow, a prestigious American programme for outstanding leaders from around the world, in 2014. Amish published his first book in 2010, and has written 8 books till date. His books have sold 5.5 million copies, and have been translated into 10 Indian and 9 international languages. Amish is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta. He worked for 14 years in the financial services industry before turning to writing.
Andy Street was re- elected as the Mayor of the West Midlands in May 2021.. The primary function of the role is t chair the West Midlands Combined Authority and brings with it significant powers over transport, housing, skills and jobs. Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career with John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government. Starting on the John Lewis graduate scheme, He was the Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region. Additionally, he has been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. Outside of work, Andy is passionate about the arts, particularly in the West Midlands. In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy.
Dr Paul Sabapathy CVO CBE.
He was awarded the OBE for services to urban regeneration in 1995. In 2004 he was awarded a CBE for services to business and education in the West Midlands. He was awarded the prestigious Lunar Society Medal for his outstanding contribution to public life. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Aston University, Birmingham City University and University of Birmingham. Paul was appointed as the first non-white Lord- Lieutenant in 2007 and held this post until September 2015. In October 2017 in recognition of his outstanding services as Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands Her Majesty the Queen bestowed her personal recognition by conferring on him the prestigious and rare Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. He is the Patron of the British Carnatic Choir and ShruthiUK, a South Asian organisation based in Birmingham.
Julian is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Enterprise) at Birmingham City University (BCU). He is a Professor at BCU, an Emeritus Professor at Plymouth University, Visiting Professor at BML Munjal University, and a Visiting Professor at LP University in India. Julian was recently appointed to the Governments Strategic Trade Advisory Group (STAG 20/22) as the UKs academic member informing HM Governments Trade strategy and policies. He is a member of the West Midlands REDI Advisory Board, Innovation Board member and West Midlands India Partnership Board member and an Advisory Board Member of Amity University – India. Julian works closely with government departments and agencies and has represented both the Midlands and the UK on international partnership and trade missions
Julian Lloyd Webber enjoys one of the most creative careers in music today. As a solo cellist he has performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors.
Julian has also inspired more than fifty new works for cello from composers as varied As a solo cellist he has performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and every leading symphony and chamber orchestra in the UK. He has also collaborated with a wide range of legendary musicians.
Dr Nasir Awan MBE DL is Chief Executive Officer, Awan Marketing Plc; Director of Awan Marketing International Limited; and Director of Awan Property Investments Limited. He is a Director of The Greater Birmingham Chamber Of Commerce group, Chair of Asian Business Chamber Of Commerce and Chair of Trustees Inspire Education Academy at Yew Tree School, Aston. He is also a Director of the National Asian Business Association.
Prof. Raja is a passionate educator, entrepreneur, researcher, and mentor with 15+ years of experience. He is one of the judges in QS Reimagine Awards 2020 (the Oscars of Education) and was a shortlist judges in QS Reimagine Awards - 2018. He co-founded multiple UK businesses and has mentored many successful start-ups in the past. He was also the part of the Trade missions led by ex-British Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Theresa May and Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman of NHS. He is currently working as Professor & Director - Research & Consultancy, GITAM University, India, where his main responsibility is to build sustainable research and innovation ecosystem.
Ramya Palacholla is a Primary Care Physician and a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School. She is the co-author of one of the first books to be written for clinicians on novel treatment methods for the management of Military Sexual Trauma in war veterans. She was also honored with the "Woman of the Year" award in 2019 by the INE News for her contributions to health care innovation in the U.S and was featured as one of the “Women to Watch in Health IT” by Beckers Hospital Review.
Prof JS Bamrah CBE is a senior psychiatrist in the NHS and Chairman of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. He is a great advocate for music as a medium for maintaining sound mental health and the therapeutic power of good music. As stress and depression are now more prevalent in our younger generation he believes that we should promote this principle fir all children and adolescents.
Dr Satish Rao is the Deputy Medical Director at Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital.
Professor Paul Cadman, regional business leader and Charity Ambassador, Birmingham City University.Cadman, who spent his early years in Birmingham Market where he says he honed his networking skills and went on to have a successful career in the fire service and then onto senior leadership in international brands and the automotive industry, manufacturing and Skills. He currently has senior trustee and ambassadorial, Patron roles for Acorns Hospice, Employability WASUP ‘World against single use plastic’ and Steps to Work, some of the region’s leading charities. While sitting on a number of company boards and running a range of small ventures in automotive, design and consultancy. Paul has also been a judge & ambassador for some of the regions key events such as the Birmingham Awards & the Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards.
Lamberto Coccioli is originally from Italy, where he studied music composition with Edgar Alandia and then Azio Corghi at Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan. In a career spanning over 30 years Lamberto has lectured and performed all over the world in his different roles as composer, researcher and electronic performer.
In 2000 Lamberto became Head of Music Technology at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
(RBC) where he directed the €3.1m EU-funded Integra – Fusing Music and Technology project to support and promote composition and performance of music with live electronics 2005-2012), including the development of the Integra Live software. As a spin-off of the project.
Lamberto co-founded with Jamie Bullock Integra Lab, the music interaction design research centre based at RBC. In 2012 he became Professor of Music and Technology and two years later Associate Principal, playing a key role in the development of RBC’s international strategy and the design and construction of the new Conservatoire building with its innovative digital infrastructure.
Colin Touchin is a British conductor, composer, clarinettist, recorder player, festival
adjudicator and broadcaster. He is Chief Conductor of the Lufthansa Orchestra in Frankfurt.
In Hong Kong he is currently Musical Director of the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir,
Grace Notes a capella female choir and guest conductor of the City Chamber Orchestra of
Hong Kong and Tak-Ming Philharmonic Winds.
Colin Touchin’s distinguished career includes fifteen years as Director of Music at the University of Warwick, and conductor of award-winning ensembles.
He has conducted the National Youth Wind Orchestras of Great Britain, Wales, Luxembourg
and Hong Kong, and has founded several ensembles in the UK, notably the Spires
Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Orchestra in Coventry and the National Youth
Colin Touchin is very active in music education, having conducted and led workshops for students and teachers in 20 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, China and several European countries.
Dr. Pallavi Vedantam is a passionate immunologist with a deep rooted interest in music, culinary sciences and theology. She is a senior scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.
Vidushi Kala Ramnath with her ‘Singing Violin’ stands among the world’s finest, most inspirational instrumentalists. Her playing has been featured on the Grammy- nominated Miles from India project, compositions of hers have appeared on the
Grammy-winning album In 27 Pieces and the Kronos Quartet’s 50 For The Future. The UK-based Songlines magazine hailed Kala Ramnath as one of the 50 world’s best instrumentalists and selected album Kala as one of its 50 best recordings. She was the first Indian violinist ever to be featured in the violin Bible, The Strad. She was the
subject of a solo essay in the third edition to The Encyclopedia- Rough Guide to World Music. Her contributions feature in Hollywood soundtracks like the Oscar-nominated 'Blood Diamond' and many more.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). United Nations Ambassador. Commander by the Ministry of Culture of Brazil. Full Professor at University Anhembi Morumbi. Artist of the largest piano factory in South America - Fritz Dobbert. Founder of the Samuel Quinto Academy of Music and Acoustic Project. Musical director of Igreja Batista Nações Unidas in SãoPaulo. Specialist in Neuroscience Applied to Education; Psychopathology and Psychosocial Care, DigitalTechnologies for Education; MBA in Educational ManagementDegree in Pedagogy and Music Pedagogy; Master in Public Health; Doctor in Philosophy; Doctorate candidate - Digital Media Art.
Brahim El Mazned is a member of the EU/UNESCO Bank of Expertise 2019-2022, and an expert on cultural policy and creative industries at the UNESCO for several years. He is also a member of the jury and artistic adviser for numerous cultural events in Morocco and across the world.
He has been elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals (FWMF). In 2014, Brahim El Mazned launched Visa For Music (VFM), the first festival/professional market dedicated to singers and musicians from Africa and the Middle East. He has taken part in the recording and publishing of a dozen albums as well as in the organisation of hundreds of concerts in prestigious festivals and venues across the five continents.
Angelo chose to study
Music and soon after graduated with a degree in piano and composition
from the State Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome. He then became a
professional concert pianist touring European Countries. Angelo has since
gone on to have a successful musical career where he has performed in
concert tours all over Europe and in the United States. Angelo’s passion for using his musical gift to help children has become the mission of his life and his true calling. After an extensive set of courses in Musical Therapy, culminating in his
European Certification as a professional Music Therapist, Angelo
underwent 8+years of clinical teaching experience in order to treat patients
with special needs through the art of music.
Ben is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, co -Director of the professional choir London Voices, assistant Director of music and Bye- Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He sits on the advisory board of British Carnatic Choir. His compositions and arrangements are published by Peters Edition, Oxford University Press and Faber Music. H has made over 100 recordingd. He is also a house composer for production music company, Audio Network.
MATAR MBAYE is a Cultural Entrepreneur, socio-cultural actor with more than 15 years of experience in the ICC / Cultural and Creative Industries.
In 2019, he created the NESKISS GROUP structure which works to disseminate the values of entrepreneurship, equal opportunities, professionalisation and diversification of the local economic fabric, particularly in the cultural and creative industries for the benefit of stakeholders in the cultural ecosystem.
He is also the initiator and Executive Director of the International Musicultex Forum (Music - Culture - Experience ) which aims to encourage cultural actors to develop entrepreneurship and creativity by offering them a platform where they can express and share their ideas with seasoned people from the national and international cultural and creative industry.
Imed Alibi is the Director of the Carthage International Festival (CIF), held in July - August at the ancient Roman amphitheater of Carthage Under the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Tunisia . Imed was also the artistic director of Sousse International Percussion Festival and Director of Carthage Music Days(2019). In addition to his career as a musician and composer in different projects and collaborations Imed Alibi worked as member of the jury or consultant for Visa for Music in Morocco, Babel Music XP in Marseille (previously Babel Med), Candid foundation in Germany.
Cleopatra David graduated the National Music University from Bucharest in 2004, pursued the Master in Choir conducting and obtained the PHD in musicology in 2010. Her professional activity includes performing arts but also cultural management and entrepreneurship. She organised the projects: 2013-2019 Sangit Chamber Ensemble concert seasons, The Spring of Spirit Festival (celebrating Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day) 2016-2019, Conferences series at Metropolitan Library “The Tree of Life”, The Treasures of Persia National tour and Traditional Music Gala (2017), International Singing Masterclass with Mezzosoprano Aura Twarowska at Romanian Athenaeum (2018), her own international singing masterclass in Vaasa (Finland, 2017) and co-organiser for Junge Talent Masterclass 2016 together with Los Angeles – Moscow Music School and Austrian Imperial Arts .
Stephen Bryant is an English violinist perhaps best known as the Leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
He is also in demand as a soloist ,chamber musician and teacher.
George is an American Saxophonist known for combining Jazz and Indian classical music.
Adam Whittaker is Head of Pedagogy and Lecturer in Music at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and is an internationally recognised scholar in musicology and music education, having been an invited speaker at Heidelberg University, the Bodleian Library (Oxford), All Souls College (Oxford), and the Royal College of Music. He has researched in the fields of music education and musicology, and has taught music in a range of settings. His recent research has explored key issues in British music education, including inequalities within pedagogical structures in English schools, and the state of instrumental teaching in the UK. He is also interested in ways to make music education more accessible and was recently part of a team on the Creative United/OHMI Accessible Instruments Challenge which was investigating different ways to get accessible instruments to the musicians who need them. He is currently working on a number of projects exploring A-level music provision in the UK, and is co-investigator on an AHRC network exploring issues of representation in the classical music industry.
Conductor, composer, expert in Oriental orchestral music and a faculty in Special Needs Department, Ministry of Education, Kuwait
Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management, HEC
Codirector of the joint Master of Management in International Arts Management (HEC, SMU, Bocconi) François Colbert is an international speaker who has given keynote addresses and seminars in 30 countries.
Jonathan Mann is in demand as both performer and music educator. He has conducted extensively internationally with recent collaborations as diverse as the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Chineke! Youth Orchestra (London) and the Arad State Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania).
Jonathan travels for projects throughout Asia and Europe. He is currently Music Director of UK based Ensemble Cambrica and Artistic Director of the Immanuel Orchestra - Music for Life Foundation in Thailand.
Passionate about inspiring young musicians, Jonathan Mann has conducted numerous youth orchestra festivals around the world. Since 2015 he has been Artistic Director of the Immanuel Orchestra in Bangkok which is loosely modeled on the renowned Venezuelan music program ‘El Sistema’. During this time he has raised the standard of the orchestra performing symphonies by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. He also helps to mentor students and encourage them into higher education.
Jonathan is also a popular teacher of conducting as guest clinician for universities and conferences and teaches classes at his home and virtually. He is Artistic Director of the Cardiff International Academy of Conducting providing intensive live and virtual courses for emerging conductors and with the founding of the Thai Conductors Forum he has started to mentor a new generation of young Thai conductors.
Dr Steven Berryman is Director of Arts, Culture and Community for the Odyssey Trust for Education and a Visiting Research Fellow and Lecturer at King’s College London, Reading and Buckingham Universities and a Visiting Research Fellow at Guildhall School. He has taught Music since 2004 primary to secondary, including composition and academic studies at Junior Royal Academy of Music and Junior Trinity Laban. In his current role, Steven leads the arts and creative strategy for the MAT and the community engagement activities across the schools. He instigated and chairs Creative Bexley, a cultural education partnership for the borough that is supported by Arts Council England through Challenge London.
He contributes widely to arts and cultural education as a senior examiner, researcher and practitioner; projects have included work with Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra, NMC Recordings and Pearson. Steven is a member of the Cultural Learning Alliance Advisory Panel, and recently appointed to the DFE/DCMS expert panel for the National Plan for Music Education. He is a board member of Spitalfields Music, UK Music Masters and the Berkeley Ensemble and a trustee and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. A Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, Steven was one of the first to achieve Chartered Teacher status, and now assesses for the programme.
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An internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur and sustainability expert, He is the founder of Vat Vrikshya, a social enterprise that facilitates the development process to improve the quality of life of women in rural areas through participatory action and entrepreneurship so as to ensure sustainability. Vikash has delivered talks concerning social innovation, capacity building, and entrepreneurship at various premier educational institutions and government-organized conclaves. He has been honoured with many awards and recognitions such as Fortune 40 Under 40, Britannica's 20 Under 40, Gulf Times Top 10 Faces of Change, He has been awarded Doctor of Excellence (Honoris Causa) for his outstanding entrepreneurial career and for his services to the forest population.
Harshitha Krishnan is a performing and recording artist and music educator of Indian origin from Lagos, Nigeria. Hailing from a strong background in western classical music, she embraced soul, R&B, alternative, jazz, Indian folk and other world music styles, creating her own distinctive and eclectic sound: a fusion of Indian and contemporary western elements. Performing her original music as well as her arrangements of popular songs from around the world, Harshitha creates a singular musical experience that takes listeners on a journey of unfiltered emotions, exploring sounds and textures from around the world.
An artist with a vision to affect positive change in attitudes towards womxn, mental health, the LGBTQIA+ and race, Harshitha aligns her social, philosophical and political views with the nature of the music she performs.
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Sarvesh Karthick is an upcoming artiste, exhibiting his skills on varied percussion instruments and musical gadgets. His creative ideas, intensive traditional training on the Mridhangam from Guru Sri.T.H.Subash Chandran, with a sharp mind makes him a unique artiste. Sarvesh is the proud recipient of Yuva Kala Bharathi award from Bharat Kalachar and Laya Ilavarasu title from Deiva Tamizh Mandram. He carries forward the legacy of his father Sri. Ghatam Karthick.
Sruthi is a singer and violinist, born into an environment with many musical influences. She naturally developed a keen interest in music from a very young age, often displaying her creativity through her music and drama performances in school. She received merits in Music and Drama from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and merits in her Grade 8 in (Western) Vocal, Bassoon and Grade 6 Piano from the ABRSM examinations.
Her talent and efforts earned her places in the Birmingham Schools' Symphony Orchestra, as the principal bassoonist, and her school's chamber choir, both of whom she has toured internationally with and accompanied notable soloists. She has a great appreciation for all musical styles and genres and has further explored this by learning Carnatic violin. She started her initial learning from Vid Gnanasundaram Ayyakannu Desigar. She is currently pursuing her violin studies under Maestro Vittal Ramamurthy.
Sruthi is currently a dental student at university, where she is also the president of NHSF (Hindu Society) Leeds. As president, Sruthi hopes to spread her culture to a wider audience in the Yorkshire area. As a pianist and an Indian classical violinist, she is very keen to integrate and experiment with different styles of music. She takes great pride in her rich Indian culture and heritage and devotes her spare time to learn about Indian culture.
She is an elected student fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland,
The Romanian Youth Ambassador Iulia Alexandra Chertes is a 2021 graduate of the National University of Music in Bucharest. She majored in Musicology and her interests focus on the ways in which contemporary music taps into the current issues and challenges facing society nowadays, to reflect and respond to these challenges with its specific means.