Britten Sinfonia is a chamber orchestra ensemble based in Cambridge, UK.

Leading a chamber orchestra

Britten Sinfonia chamber orchestra is known for its adventurous approach to programming. Challenging perceptions of classical music, the ensemble has risen over the past decade to become one of the UK's top chamber orchestras.


Joe has written for various artists and bands.

Songwriter and singer

Joe Cang is a songwriter and singer. He also plays bass guitar, guitar and percussion. His bestselling hit ‘Shine’, for Aswad, sold over a million copies.


Dan Howson, center, is a Business Development Director at live events company, sevens7.

Getting into live events

sevens7 are a live events company, specialising in event management, show production, tour support, event IT and brand activation. They’ve worked everything from large-scale summer festivals to the Diamond Jubilee.


Katrina Gilroy is Production Manager at the National Theatre.

Theatre production manager

Katrina Gilroy is Production Manager at the National Theatre. She describes the theatre production process and the role of production manager.


Vocalist Mellow Baku (r) has benefited from her mentoring relationship with Performing artist Carol Leeming (l).

My music mentor

Performing artist Carol Leeming mentors young vocalist Mellow Baku. They spoke to Creative Choices about how the mentoring relationship benefits both of them.


In 2012, Bruno won the Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design for his work on Frankenstein at the National Theatre.

Working as a lighting designer

Bruno Poet is an award-winning lighting designer who has worked extensively with theatre and opera companies all over the world.


How to design a product

Director of Bigsmall Stephen McGilloway explains how to design a product. He also explains more about what product design is and how to get into this career.


Understand how musicians can make money from the music industry.

Making money from music

A lot of people want to get into music, but very few understand how they'll be paid once they do. Knowing more about the money means you'll be better armed to take on the business on your own terms.


When the company that released one of his albums collapsed, David was able to work in different genre. Photo: Will Hutchinson

Growing your music career

David McAlmont released a hit single and two albums with guitarist Bernard Butler. During his career he has moved through a succession of musical genres and performance styles.


The Stylistic Gallery was created to give creatives a place to showcase their work.

Online showcase for designers

For young designers struggling to get a foot on the career ladder, there’s a new creative space to show off their talents. If you're struggling to get noticed, or working where you don’t want to be, try out The Stylistic Gallery as an online resource.


Nic Harrison is a potter and describes the challenges he faced when starting out.

A career in ceramics

Nic Harrison is a potter. He describes the challenges he faced when starting out, and the stumbling blocks for the ceramicists of tomorrow.


Hoffi's client list includes the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Climate Change Wales.

Making design bilingual

Cardiff-based design agency Hoffi have a client list which includes Wales's National Museum and National Theatre. Staff described the challenges and benefits of designing in English and Welsh.


You need to decide who exactly you want to buy your products.

5 tips before you start selling

What do you need to consider before selling your products? Cheryl Adamson, from designer-maker website Mastered, has five steps you should take before you start selling anything.


Karen Arthur balances a full-time career as a teacher with her passion for making handbags.

Stay focused on your career

There’s no time like the present to start following your ambitions. So stop adding to your ‘to do’ list and start putting the plans you already have into action.


Francesca Maguire is Press and PR Manager for Shakespeare’s Globe.

Media career at The Globe

Francesca Maguire is Press and PR Manager for Shakespeare’s Globe. She is responsible for the management, design and implementation of the media and PR campaigns.


Image: 2014. Photographer: James Mollison

Yinka Shonibare MBE on working in art

Yinka Shonibare MBE uses mixed media to explore ideas such as class, colonialism and culture. A prolific conceptual artist, he is perhaps most commonly known for his ship in a bottle, which occupied Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth. He spoke to us about life as an artist and the challenges facing the next generation.


Because street theatre is so visual, costumes are very important.

Performing street theatre

Jacqui Papay is a senior performer with the internationally-renowned Natural Theatre Company in Bath. She performs visually engaging comic scenarios in a wide range of outdoor venues, UK and abroad.


Borneo Brown is Sound Operations Manager for the National Theatre.

Sound and video technician

Borneo Brown is Sound Operations Manager for the National Theatre. He spoke to Creative Choices about a creative career that requires both theoretical education and practical experience.


Donald Smith is Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Photo by Pete Dibdin.

Marketing yourself as a writer

Promoting yourself is crucial for a successful a career as a freelance writer. Three established writers each give a piece of advice on how to market yourself.


Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq on surviving in art

Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq's art focuses on being an Asian Muslim deaf woman living in a Western world, and explores how deafness and disability affects our lives. Here is the story of how she worked twice as hard to be on a par with her hearing peers and the advice she has for future artists.


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