It's been a busy week on the road photographing some pretty varied but always interesting subject matter.
I started in Stamford shooting a rather delightful and intimate wedding, exclusively held at Burghley House (Britain's largest Elizabethan private home). Then it was down to South London with a regular client, the Golf Foundation. The Golf Foundation were involved in the massive London Youth Games 2011 opened by London Mayor Boris Johnson (yep, he played a round of tennis...) and hosted in the imposing National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace. I then sped up to Walsall, a little north of Birmingham, to work with another long term client, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Musical Futures is a Paul Hamlyn Foundation special project. Since it's genesis in 2004, the project has assisted over 750,000 school children across the UK engage in making music. PHF's support has proved a resounding success and I'm proud to have worked with the forward thinking educational initiative for 5 years now. Last weekend saw a major UK wide conference, Play-Learn-Live, drawing together classroom music teachers and music practitioners to attend a workshops, lectures, presentations and professional drop-in clinics covering many aspects of music technology and key pedagogical strategies.
With keynote speakers David Price & Jonathan Savage adding powerfully informed and critical voices of the government's music education policies; the event was particularly engaging for the well attended audience.
Upon arrival, I was quite taken by the scale of event's venue; the impressive Walsall College. Only 2 years old and built in partnership with all walks of the corporate corridor, from Microsoft and ICI to EON and the National Grid - the college must surely be the UK's most luxurious place of further education!?