Bridget Whyte has been working as a freelance consultant for over 20 years. Primarily focusing on music and music education contracts since she became a Regional Coordinator for Youth Music back in 2001, she has worked for national, regional and local arts and cultural organisations. See Projects for more details of current work. A full list of clients – over 45 to date – can be found here.
Bridget specialises in research, evaluation, project development and facilitation, but has also managed concerts, the production of publications, organised conferences and training courses and carried out fundraising campaigns.
She has worked in the Arts and Cultural sector since graduating from Surrey University with a Music Degree in 1989, working for the Arts Council, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Academy of Music before going freelance in 1995.
Finding time (and funding) for training and CPD can be a challenge for freelance consultants, but Bridget has managed to attend some very valuable courses over the years including:
- A Clore Leadership Programme Short Course in 2005
- CLP Leadership Facilitation Skills Programme with Action Learning Associates (2010/11)
- Group Facilitation Methods with the ICA:UK (2011)
- Facilitation with Ease – Advanced Practice with Rivca Rubin (2012)
- Various Fundraising and Board Membership courses with Arts and Business (A&B) (1995-2010)
Currently Bridget's primary client is the British Council. In the past year she has also worked for MusicNet East, Kent Music and Suffolk Music Service. She is also an Associate Lecturer at both Surrey University and the University of Winchester.
In 2011 she wrote a guide to partnership working in music education for the Department of Education which supports the National Plan for Music Education created by government following the Henley Music Education Review.
She has recently been elected onto the Music Education Council Executive Board, and is a member of the ISM, ISME and Music Mark.
Bridget still plays the Bassoon and the Violin when she can find the time.
Whyte Music Ltd – set up in 2011 – is registered in England & Wales – Company Registered No: 7808974