Looking back just 20 years, the career guidance I got after my degree was no more useful than Baz Luhrmann’s advice at the time to ‘wear sunscreen’. I seem to remember my parents even forked out for one careers expert to recommend that I either become an actuary or a librarian. Not that I knew what an actuary was. Today, however (and thankfully), things have moved on a little – faced with the complexities and challenges of a modern career, it’s essential that students are at least given a picture of what’s actually out there, even if they’re left ultimately to fend for themselves. The music world, far from becoming an impoverished desert of opportunity, needs talent in many more ways than even ten years ago thanks to the proliferation of online media and changing fashions in live and recorded music. As John Evans reports on p60, students have to learn to be adaptable, but in order for that to happen, they need their institutions to be switched on to an industry that changes with the direction of the wind. And if you can’t make it as a performer, you can always try your hand at being a magazine editor…
Just before I go, I’d like to draw your attention to this month’s free CD – a collection of choral works by Parry recorded exclusively for BBC Music Magazine. The Carice Singers are a talented group, and their performances are spellbinding. I do hope you enjoy them.
Oliver Condy Editor