Brexit: When the Music Had to Stop


Music and musicians are long-standing mainstays of our city’s cultural and educational life. Musicians have forged a strong creative bridge between the UK and Europe. Covid hit the sector hard. In her next public meeting, MP Wera Hobhouse will hear from local figures in the music world about the devastating effects of Brexit on the sector as a whole and on individuals. What is next for musicians and music here in Bath, and beyond? 

Guest speakers:

  • Nod Knowles has held many leading roles in international music including President of Europe Jazz Network, Head of Music at Scottish Arts Council, and CEO and Programme Director of Bath Festivals. He is currently developing the new European Folk Network which has over 90 members from 25 nations across Europe.

  • Kira Thomas is a recorder player, oboist and choral singer. She recently completed a Masters in Music Performance from Bath Spa University and is keen to develop a career in the music industry through performing and teaching.

  • Charles Daniels is a singer (tenor) with a long international career as a concert artist and made many recordings (100+). He is best known in Baroque and early music, e.g. Bach and Handel. He has taught at the University of Toronto.

  • Simone Homes is General Manager of Bath Philharmonia, the city’s professional orchestra. Her wide-ranging 25-year career in arts and heritage organisations has focused on inclusivity and participation, including roles at the Holburne Museum and Arts Council England. She is committed to making creativity and music part of life for many people.

Wera Hobhouse said:

“Whether we make it or listen to it, music brings us great joy. Music has been a flourishing part of our economy, and a key element of our city’s and our nation’s identity. By seriously limiting the ability of UK musicians to tour in Europe, and for European musicians to tour the UK, Brexit is creating a sad and silent landscape.

“Please join me for this important public conversation on the future of music, a topic that touches us all. We will hear from each of our guests and you can submit your questions to the panel. Sign up for your free Zoom link below. I look forward to seeing you on 11th March.”


March 11, 2021 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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