Please note change of date from initial listing. This event is now taking place on Tuesday 11 May 2021, 11am - 1pm

Your CV and biography are valuable tools when first introducing yourself to promoters, audition panels and employers, so how do you ensure that yours stand out for the right reasons?

This interactive session will provide professional guidance and personalised feedback to support you in describing your strengths and experience. Topics will include:

  • Tailoring your materials to each opportunity

  • The key areas to include in your CV and biography and their relevance

  • What is less important to include

  • How to structure your CV and biography effectively

  • Constructing a covering letter for an application 

You will have the opportunity for brief feedback on your materials following the session. 

Tuesday 11 May 2021, 11am - 1pm, over Zoom

*Group capacity: max. 16 participants*

Marion Friend MBE

Having begun her career after Cambridge University as a teacher and freelance musician, Marion held senior management positions in prestigious organisations for over twenty-five years, including as Director of Junior Trinity at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and at Wigmore Hall, BBC Television Music and Arts and Philharmonia Orchestra. She is an artistic and quality assessor for Arts Council England. This range of knowledge and experience informs her work as a coach, mentor, facilitator and consultant. Individual clients range from students to chief executives, teachers, administrators, performers and composers. Marion has a particular interest in career development and in supporting individuals to explore and reach their potential. Marion's website


  • YCAT coaching sessions provide a unique opportunity for you to explore a range of ideas, skills, and concerns relevant to life as a 21cMusician.

  • Small groups to encourage focused discussion within a friendly and supportive environment. 

  • Sessions are designed for classical musicians between the ages of 21 and 35. 

  • Sessions are led by one of our affiliated coaches, who have a broad range of experience and expertise, and in-depth understanding of the music industry. 

  • Every session is different in terms of its focus, group capacity, coach and participants.

  • Sessions are free and currently held over Zoom. 

Thank you so much for this very friendly and affirming session! Lots of really useful and practical tools to take away!

     - attendee at YCAT Group Coaching session with Marion in November 2020


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

  • A brief outline of your education/career to date
  • A brief description of what you would like to get out of the session

We will contact you one week before the session to confirm your place, and with further information. Please note that we have limited capacity for each session to best allow for interaction and reflection. Where needed, we will prioritise attendees whose submissions demonstrate relevant concerns/interests/career stage. 

Booking for this event has now closed.