The Bedell Creative Arts Programme 2012-13

The Bedell Creative Arts Programme is an exciting new initiative, seeking out undiscovered artistic talent in Jersey.

The Programme selected 6 local songwriters and composers and, over the course of 2012-13 searched for local, dancers, designers and multi-media artists (film, sound, video, animation, visual art) to develop original work and have the chance for it to be showcased at a unique concert at Jersey Opera House in September 2013.

Leading industry professionals were on hand to nurture and guide these artists to develop their own craft and collaborate with others to create dynamic new work. This opportunity was open to all musicians, regardless of previous experience or formal training, and the Programme aimed to reach the furthest corners of the community to encourage anyone with an interest in making new work to come forward.


Selected Musicians

Following a rigorous selection process, six local musicians were chosen to have their work developed and showcased through the Programme. Naomi West, James Albert Lingard, Michele Horwood, Jacquie Thacker, Rubin Maric and Martin Greene had the opportunity to develop their work with industry professionals, collaborate with other musicians, movement artists and filmmakers, and showcase their collective work at a large-scale concert at the Jersey Opera House in September, 2013.

Naomi West 

Flautist, Naomi West, started playing when she was a child. She has performed in orchestras and bands both in Jersey and the UK, covering a broad range of styles from Irish to African to Jazz Funk.

James Albert Lingard

Vocalist and pianist, James Albert Lingard, originally from Manchester, has been studying piano and voice since the age of 8. James has been writing lyrics all his life and, in 2010, performed his own music for the first time at Agapanthus Lyrical under the name Albert.

Michele Horwood

Michele Horwood grew up in New Zealand and is now based in Jersey with her husband and two children. As a founding member of the group Inside Job, she has been actively involved in music her whole life, and has worked with close harmonies since an early age.

Ruben Maric

13-year-old Victoria College student, Ruben Maric, has always enjoyed music. He first started piano lessons at the age of 9 and started learning flute a year later

Martin Greene

Martin Greene has been writing and composing songs for as long as he can remember. Having taught himself to play guitar as a way of getting his songs heard, Martin has been writing and composing for over 30 years.

Check out the Bedell Creative Arts Programme page to find out more information about the next 2014-5 version of the project, as well as updates on future Creative Arts Programme initiatives to come.