Wednesday 20 January 2021

InsideOut Musician: Helping to mitigate the debilitating effects of isolation, and loss of motivation, that many musicians continue to face

InsideOut Musician team photo
The InsideOut Musician team

A new online community, InsideOut Musician, created by musicians, for musicians arose out of violist Sophie Renshaw's experience of lockdown and her desire to continue to play and to collaborate with other musicians. The result is InsideOut Musician created by Renshaw, composer Liz Dilnot Johnson, baroque and modern cellist Ruth Phillips, singer and violist Mairi Campbell, and baroque and modern violinist Lucy Russell, which is being launched on 28 January via a new website, offering courses, resources and an online performance space. While personal musical development is a key focus of InsideOut Musician, the ethos underlying the venture is that of helping to mitigate the debilitating effects of isolation, and loss of motivation, that many musicians continue to face, as well as to foster connections to share the love of music. 

Sessions and courses start from £10 for a ‘slow string’ drop in session, rising to £300 for a course of one-to-one instrumental tuition sessions, and courses include Preparing Orchestral Excerpts, Ways into Improvising and a Voice and Interplay course. But heart of InsideOut Musician is the IOM Ceilidh, a monthly online event for students, friends and fans hosted by Mairi Campbell. A ceilidh is a blend of ‘turns’ and chat from one home to another and is a powerful reminder of where music, song and story really belong. InsideOut Musician have taken this time-honoured tradition online. 

IOM arranged a pre-launch Ceilidh in December 2020 and violinist Rachel Podger was really impressed. She said:
"Every artist who is part of InsideOut Musician is a gem – their attitude is refreshing, freeing in its creativity, wholesome and enlightened. And there’s fun too. After a session with IOM my heart was full and free once more."

InsideOut Musician launches officially with a Ceilidh on Thursday 28 January to mark two important musical milestones – the birthdays of Robert Burns (25 January) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January). 

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