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Do you need help addressing negative self talk? Are you struggling to let go of angst?
As musicians at the start of our careers, it's an exciting time exploring possibilities and opportunities but it can be overwhelming too. In a world of 'endless possibilities' how do you forge a path that's appropriate for you? What's standing in the way of you becoming your best musical self?
We are offering 30-minute individual coaching sessions with Marion Friend MBE, exploring these questions and more in a confidential, welcoming and supportive environment. YCAT's coaching sessions provide you with the opportunity to renew your focus and motivation by engaging with some essential self-reflection. In this session you and Marion will think together about your career goals and the enablers and barriers to your success.

Limited spaces available, so apply now!


To apply, please complete an enquiry form. You will be asked to provide:

  • A brief outline of education/career to date
  • In your own words, an issue or question that you would like to explore and think about in the session. Be honest and direct in this brief submission (max 150 words).

We will contact you one week before the session to confirm your place, arrange an appointment and with further information.  Where needed, we will prioritise attendees whose submissions demonstrate relevant concerns/interests/career stage. 


Marion Friend MBE

Marion Friend MBE has enjoyed working with YCAT artists and other early career performers for several years. She is a consultant in arts and education and a life coach, mentor and facilitator with a particular interest in career development, and in supporting individuals to explore and reach their potential. Her clients including new graduates, professional musicians, chief executives in public and not-for-profit sectors, secondary and tertiary education, national portfolio organisations and charities. 

Marion’s previous roles include Director of Junior Trinity at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for twelve years and senior management posts at the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Young Musician of the Year and Wigmore Hall.  She is currently Chair of Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust, on the music advisory panel for Radcliffe Trust, and an assessor for Awards for Young Musicians. She was Chair of her local Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years and a former artistic and quality assessor for Arts Council England.


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