Peter Renshaw

Connecting, Collaborating and Social Engagement

Key questions:

  • How far are singers, along with instrumentalists and composers, working together and engaging creatively in such areas as education, health, well-being, social welfare and criminal justice across all age groups?
  • To what extent are singers creating a vocal culture that respects and unlocks the voice of young people?
  • How far are singers creating opportunities to find a contemporary artistic language that connects sound with text, image, movement and technology?
  • What factors militate against singers and other musicians connecting and collaborating with each other and with people in different social contexts?
  • To what extent does the singing community want to become part of a culture of collaboration, creativity, innovation and enterprise – that is, an active agent of cultural change?

Peter Renshaw is an international learning consultant with a special interest in cultural change in arts organisations, learning and development, and mentoring. In 2001 he retired from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as Head of Research and Development, where he pioneered the innovative programme in performance and communication skills and was Gresham Professor of Music. Formerly he was Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at the University of Leeds Institute of Education and Principal of the Yehudi Menuhin School.

As a writer and researcher his recent publications include: Engaged Passions: Searches for Quality in Community Contexts (2010); Working Together: an enquiry into creative collaborative learning across the Barbican-Guildhall Campus (2011); Being – In Tune: Seeking ways of addressing isolation and dislocation through engaging in the arts (2013); Collaboration: Myth or Reality? Through the eyes of the Barbican and Guildhall School (2017).