We’re very excited to share with you the complete schedule for Where Pathways Meet: the 2022 JPN Conference!

Programmed in partnership with Moving On Music in Belfast and the Improvised Music Company in Dublin, ‘Where Pathways Meet’ will feature a range of speakers from across the jazz sector, alongside a showcase of jazz talent from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

We’re thrilled to welcome award-winning composer Brian Irvine as keynote speaker. As an artist whose work spans multiple genres and forms, including operas, large scale oratorios, orchestral, ensemble, chamber, solo and dance works as well as film scores and installations, Irvine offers a unique perspective. Jazz bears a significant influence on his work. He has won the BBC Radio 3 Jazz Award with his own 13-piece ensemble and collaborated with saxophonist Paul Dunmall. His singular musical world combines the known and the unknown, the free and the fixed, the schooled and the unschooled. As he puts it, “Connect, disrupt, reinvent and reimagine.” His theme for this keynote is ‘Jazz as a Beacon of Hope’. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email.


Thursday 3 November

11.00 Registration

12.00 Lunch / Networking (venue: The Mac)

12.30 Welcome (new attendees)
Tune In: Getting the most from the conference

13.00 Welcome to the conference

Brian Irvine:

14.00 MUSIC SLOT ONE – Video: ‘and the goals will come’ by Úna Monaghan

14.30 PANEL 1

Routes Into Jazz: Ways of involving and supporting young musicians from pre-school upwards

Claude Deppa (MusicianKinetika)

Pauline Black (Musician & Lecturer, University of Aberdeen)

Paul O’Reilly (Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra)

Paula Gardiner (Composer & Musician, Lecturer Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama)

Orphy Robinson (Musician, vice-chair JPN)

14.30 PANEL 2

Routes Into Jazz: Where are the new breed of promoters, agents, managers, labels, journalists coming from?

Matt Hogarth (Venue Manager & Head of In House Booking, Future Yard)

PPatricia Pascal (Founder Jazz Newblood)

Agnese Daverio (Festival Producer & PromoterMusicworks International)

Scott Flanigan (Artist and owner / promoter at Scott’s Club)  Heather Spencer (Programme Manager, Jazz North)

14.30 PANEL 3

Routes Into Jazz: What does inclusion really mean?

Helena Summerfield (Musican & Tutor, Jazz Camp for Girls)

Sarah Raine (Lecturer, BCU/Napier/Limerick)

Gideon Feldman (Attitude Is Everything)

Emilie Conway (Musician)  Roger Wilson (Director of Operations, Black Lives In Music)


David Lyttle
The Mobo nominated drummer and composer will perform with young musicians from his Jazz Juniors group.

16.00 Learning from our Friends and Members: Discussion session 1

Future governence models for jazz promoters, growing the volunteer pool, widening the funding base.

Debra Milne (Co-chair, The Globe, Newcastle)

Barney Stephenson (Artistic Director, Marsden Jazz Festival)

Jo Breeze (Marketing and Crowdfunding Consultant) 

Stephen McNally (Northern Ireland Manager, Making Music) 

Mark Kass (Creative Director & Founder, London East Jazz Network)

16.00 Learning from our Friends and Members: Discussion session 2

A 360 degree look at a 21st century career in music, artists as promoters, artists as educators, working internationally, life outside touring.

Georgia Mancio (Musician, England)

Tomos Williams (Musician, Wales)

Tom Bancroft (Musician, Scotland)

David Lyttle (Musician and composer, Northern Ireland)

Robert Farhat (Talent development lead & senior programmerSerious – Take Five, EFG London Jazz Festival, England) 

Orphy Robinson (Musician, vice-chair JPN)


Limited space – first come first served

18.00 Dinner break

20.00 Showcase programme
20.15 Scott Flanigan Quartet
20.45 RBG Trio 
21.15 Izumi Kimura and Lina Andonovska  
21.50 Robocobra Quartet

23.30 Showcase programme ends

Friday 4 November

9.30 – 10.30 JPN AGM (members only)

9.30 – 10.30 Attitude Is Everything Meeting

10.30 Coffee available

10.45 Panel 4

Five Nations Jazz: What’s going on across our five nations and how are people reacting to challenges ahead.

Tomos Williams (Musician, Wales)

Clare Hewitt (Music Officer, Creative Scotland)

Kenneth Killeen (Creative Director, Improvised Music Company, Ireland)

Brian Carson (CEO, Moving On Music, Northern Ireland)

Steve Mead (Artistic Director/CEO, Manchester Jazz Festival, Jazz North, founding trustee JPN, England)

11.45: PANEL 5

Five Nations Funders

Ciaran Scullion (Head of Music & Opera, Arts Council Northern Ireland)

Clare Hewitt (Music Officer, Creative Scotland)

Suzanne Griffiths-Rees (Arts Development Office, Arts Council Wales)

Niall Doyle (Head of Music & Opera, Arts Council Ireland) 

Claire Mera-Nelson (Director of Music, Arts Council England)

12.45 MUSIC SLOT 3

Stephen Davis
A solo set from the drummer and composer.

A set from the Northern Irish drummer and composer.

13.00 Lunch and networking

14.00 Learning From our Friends and Members: Discussion Session 3

Different models for touring circuits, greener approaches to touring and festivals.

Deirdre Moynihan (Musician & Programmes Manager, Music Network)

Ros Rigby (Music Beyond Mainstream and Rural Touring)

Speaker from Europe Jazz Network (EJN) / Take the Green Train

14.00 Learning From our Friends and Members: Discussion Session 4

Audience development and research – building the audience of the future.

Nick Gebhardt and Sarah Raine (Birmingham City University)

Gideon Feldman (Head of Programmes, Attitude Is Everything)

Steve Mead (Artistic Director/CEO Manchester Jazz Festival, Jazz North, founding Trustee JPN)

14.00 Learning From our Friends and Members: Discussion Session 5

Showcasing our artists across and beyond the UK – different approaches/what works best?

Tom Besford (English Folk Expo)

Lobke Aelbrecht (Production Manager, JazzLab, Belgium)

Agnese Daverio (Festival Producer & Promoter, Musicworks International, England)

Nod Knowles (Nod Knowles Productions, England)

15.15 Report back on the conference and plans for the future

Ian Patterson gives an overview of issues raised in the event as a whole. Presentation on JPN future plans/next conference.

16.00 To the bar!

Brian Irvine