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Liz Johnson - Composer

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Liz Johnson (b.1964) is an award-winning British composer based in the Malvern Hills, Herefordshire ‘a major composer deserving wide recognition’ (Divine Art). Her music encompasses an immense range from the smallest miniatures to expansive, large-scale, ambitious and multifaceted works. Liz was selected as one of Sound and Music’s first ‘New Voices’ in 2018 which has led to her directing a ground-breaking multidisciplinary project Scintilla weaving music, poetry, dance and live electronics, working with internationally renowned choreographer/ dancer Dane Hurst.

Several of Johnson’s works engage with wider issues of wellbeing: Scintilla explores issues of isolation and mental health, and the series of Triptych pieces for early instruments focuses on female body image after major surgery, inspired by the artwork Triptych – a scarred series by Dora Williams. Johnson has herself recently overcome serious illness leading to isolation. Having now regained her health she is passionate about creating work that allows people to engage with the most difficult issues. Colwall Requiem for Aleppo – a Requiem for Refugees – juxtaposes music for amateur choir and children’s choir with virtuosic meditations and transcriptions of traditional Arabic music for the viola soloist.  ‘I can’t remember the last time I actually dripped tears during a concert. And then she brought us back to a place of hope by the end of the piece so we were emotionally safe to head back into the real world.’ (Liz Garnett) http://www.helpingyouharmonise.com/colwall

Johnson’s debut double album Intricate Web (2017) has been met with wide critical acclaim ‘The Cello Suite is stunning… The music explores a vast canvas… To me, this suite is Johnson’s masterpiece (so far). It is not too much to say that it takes its place beside Bach, Britten and Ligeti.’(Musicweb-International). Johnson’s close working relationship with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, who recorded the album, has given rise to two impressive large-scale works: the clarinet quintet Sea-change, featuring twenty-five different instruments, including string quartet with Swannee whistles and egg shakers and five different sized clarinets from Contrabass to E flat, and Sky-burial for female voice and string quartet. 'The music is in turn rugged, anguished, languid, and resigned, producing a haunting scenario that will not quickly be forgotten' (Fanfare), sung by vocalist extraordinaire Loré Lixenberg.

Liz Johnson started her career as a Primary School teacher and it was not until her mid-30s that she began studying composing for the first time. Taught by Philip Cashian she went on to gain her PhD at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2006. She lectures at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is currently overseeing a new creative collaboration between student musicians and composers with choreographers and dancers at the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Music clips on the podcast from Liz Johnson's Intricate Web album MSV77206 available to download from Divine Art Records.

Website: http://www.lizjohnson.co.uk https://lizjohnsoncomp.wordpress.com 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizjohnsoncomposer

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0FwmqhVsY9A3oxyXgpLiH8?si=vXJkOr5UT0-FRrJa0R6eCg 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lizjohnsoncomposer

Intricate Web Album: https://divineartrecords.com/recording/intricate-web-liz-johnson

Neale Wood - Talk ‘n’ Walk

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Having suffered from PTSD and the ailments that are often connected to a breakdown. Such as Anxiety and Panic Attacks, sever Depression and a self loathing and hatred of what I had become. My Hero Story I feel is more about what I did to overcome these debilitating illnesses.

For me as a guy now in his 50's, I had no idea what Stress was and to be fare thought that it was weak minded people that needed to get a grip. I never believed that I would suffer from it, never mind the fact that I tried to 'check out' and end it all. It was the most terrifying and debilitating illness I have ever suffered from and for many, many months the fight to survive hung in the balance, a balance I had no CONTROL over.

I had been brought up to believe men should be big, strong, never need help and not to show emotional weakness and protect.

Nothing prepared me for what happened and it was my core programming that was the real issue for my mental health state, or lack of it.

The rest you can find out by listening  to my interview and visiting my website/FB page, or watch my videos and blogs.

Website: tbc

Facebook: tbc

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neale-wood-9a98712

Rupert Honywood - Catalyst for Change

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Hello I am Rupert Honywood – the founder of Business Growth Bureau.  Many thanks for your interest in learning more about me, my team and the Bureau.

I believe in a world where every business owner, director or team player has the opportunity to reach their highest vision of success by growing their business and achieving more sales.

I was most inspired when I founded another organisation a few years ago which aimed to give service men and women the tools they needed to start their own business. And it was when a CEO of another charity came to me, with the help I had given him and his management team suggested that I form another organisation helping other businesses and charities to grow and scale.

As a consequence the Business Growth Bureau was formed. As you can imagine this grew rapidly into what you see today and we have helped many organisations to become successful as a consequence.

I love to create virtual circles where every party (from customers to prospects, investors, staff, advocates and suppliers) win out of the relationship with the Bureau.

Fundamentally we all benefit from the leverage effect that this creates when we can build a strong organisation where we are all here to help each other and achieve strong sustainable growth. I believe that if we can help people and organisations, then we all benefit and what you tend to give does generally does tend to come back.

This also sets strong foundations for joint venture relationships and partnerships. I want to see us having a massive impact on your business to generate more sales or charities to achieve more donations and sponsorship.

My personal goal is to influence at least 1,000 companies and organisations a year to become much more successful and I would love you to be part of that journey with us. 

Do get in touch and let me know how we can help.

Website: businessgrowthbureau.com  and rupert@businessgrowthbureau.com

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/honywood

Twitter: ruperthonywood