Episode 9 – Naveen Arles BCA

Naveen Arles BCA is an energetic, inspirational vocal leader and animateur who’s outstanding ability to motivate and train groups of people has meant, in addition to leading choirs, he delivers workshops for senior management training courses, wellbeing support groups and in prisons. 

His choirs have toured with Hugh Jackman, Take That, Lulu; performed with George Ezra, Alexandra Burke and Freya Ridings, appeared on most UK terrestrial TV channels and were chosen to welcome the guests for Michelle Obama’s exclusive UK book launch.  Nav’s experience and social justice work has led him to an invitation onto the council of the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) and to join the consultancy panel advising Hal Leonard Europe on their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies.

He is a specialist in community building, leading groups and supporting them to create meaningful experiences for both the participants and, whenever possible, the audience.

During our conversation we talk about:

  • Building resilience
  • The importance of belonging
  • The many non-musical elements of being a musician
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in Classical Music and beyond
  • Achieving more healing through music than medicine
  • The importance of context and true engagement in live music
  • Choir singing as the UK’s national pass time
  • Supporting the nations choir directors through MD Brunch


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