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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

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