Meet our Future Producers…

This season we are very proud to be running the first Turner Sims Future Producers Scheme, a pilot programme coordinated by Turner Sims with the University of Southampton Department of Music. The scheme offers a unique opportunity for students to produce and present professional music activities at the concert hall.

Students from the University of Southampton Music Department were offered the chance to apply, and our three successful participants have since enjoyed support, mentoring and guidance from industry professionals as they acquire hands-on experience in all aspects of music promotion.

We are delighted to introduce Lauren, Lorna and Nissa, in the build up to their first programmed concerts as Turner Sims Future Producers in February. Unwinding – An Afternoon with Maz O’Connor is a folk-flavoured teatime special on Sunday 13 February with support from acapella group Polly Gone Wrong, and Unwinding – Students Past and Present is a free lunchtime concert on Monday 14 February featuring the stunning talents of Music graduate Kitty O’Neal with her project March, and Music student Talia Pearce with music from their debut EP Lavender.

We launched Turner Sims Future Producers to give opportunities to students to programme professional events as part of the Turner Sims and UoSMusic Presents series. It’s been exciting to see how Lauren, Lorna, and Nissa have brought their ideas to life, responded to the challenges they’ve faced, and shaped the concerts together. The Turner Sims team and I are all very much looking forward to the February concerts, and also seeing what our inaugural Future Producers do next.

Kevin Appleby, Concert Hall Manager, Turner Sims Southampton

Lauren Jolliffe

My name’s Lauren and I’m studying MA International Music Management at the University of Southampton. When I first heard about the Turner Sims Future Producers Scheme, I was keen to apply, but also overwhelmed by my lack of experience! When I found out we had been successful in the interview process I was over the moon, and so far, it has been very useful working through the different aspects needed to curate and run a concert – one thing I will say is Google has definitely been my friend throughout this process. What on earth is a backline?!

Working with real artists and managers in the industry has been an invaluable experience, and I already feel much more confident liaising with music professionals and coming up with successful concepts to create a unique show for an audience. As I was new to Southampton in October, I haven’t had the opportunity to attend a concert at Turner Sims yet, so I’m really excited to experience first-hand the outstanding acoustics the concert hall provides. Folk is also a genre I don’t have much knowledge in, so I’m delighted to be able to extend my listening range through performances from Maz and Polly Gone Wrong!

From this hands-on experience of working in the industry, I am hoping I will be better equipped to pursue a professional career in music after completing my Masters.

Lorna Beckett

Even though I graduated from my undergraduate music degree in 2018, I’m back at the University of Southampton because I missed it that much! The Turner Sims Future Producers scheme was too good of an opportunity to pass up – events management is what I want to build a career in, so this was perfect. I’ve been involved in many projects at Turner Sims before, so I am thrilled to have had this opportunity to curate concerts here, alongside Lauren and Nissa.

This scheme has enhanced my experience on the International Music Management MA course and I feel like I have had access to something special. Thanks so much to Kevin, Ben, Jodi and all the Turner Sims team for your help and guidance.

Nissa Pandya

Studying on the MA International Music Management course at the University of Southampton, I am always looking for opportunities to get involved in concerts and gigs at the university and in the wider Southampton area. The Turner Sims Future Producers scheme jumped out to me instantly, as programming concerts and organising events is exactly what I want to pursue after university.

After forming a team with Lauren and Lorna, and after some stress (but mostly excitement!), we are so excited to present Unwinding at Turner Sims. I am particularly excited to see Maz O’Connor on the Turner Sims stage as I am a fan of her work- it is beautiful, captivating and elegant. I am extremely grateful for the Future Producers project as it has taught me so much about the industry- we were lucky enough to chat to an experienced London agent who was incredible to learn from. It has also allowed me to make some great friends and gain some invaluable experience for my future career.


A millennial meeting of Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush, Maz O’Connor’s songs combine acoustic instruments, folk imagery, and electronic soundscapes. She is supported by acapella trio Polly Gone Wrong, a rich musical experience of intricate vocal harmonies and improvisation.


A free lunchtime concert featuring the stunning talents of Music graduate Kitty O’Neal with her project March, and Music student Talia Pearce with music from their debut EP Lavender.

Turner Sims Future Producers Scheme is supported by Arts Council England and University of Southampton

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