Filipe has been leading music workshops and creative projects around the world since 2008. Whether it is working with groups of young musicians or professionals, across art form or culture, Filipe believes that creativity must be at the heart of society and that music/art making should be of high standard and accessible to everyone. He specializes in devised and collaborative work in various musical and social contexts.

Over the past years Filipe has worked with various youth groups/schools across the UK and abroad, with orchestras such as the London Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, European Union Youth Orchestra, Lutoslawsky Youth Orchestra, Orquestra Geração Lisbon, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Institutions such as the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Create Arts Charity, Spare Tyre Theatre Company, Fábrica das Artes - Centro Cultural de Belém, Jeunesse Musicales International, Projeto Guri, European Music Council, Beit al Musica Conservatoire, Edward Saed National Music Conservatoire, Barbican Centre, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and schools, colleges and community groups across the UK. Apart form his own projects Filipe also leads creative projects with his trio Quest Ensemble (Tara Franks . cello and Preetha Narayanan . violin)

Recent Projects:

European Union Youth Orchestra - Workshop Leader

Training day on how to create a workshop with business men and women around the synergies that can be drawn from classical music.

September 2015

Aldeburgh Young Musicians - Induction Weekend - Workshop Leader with Tim Steiner, Joana Araújo and António Serginho

August 2015

Aldeburgh Young Musicians - Artistic Leadership - Workshop Leader with Tim Steiner and Douglas Mitchell. AYM were encouraged to create and lead their own devised compositions

July 2015

Sinfonia Viva DDSO Project - Workshop Leader

Creative workshops and Performance at The Octagon - Buxton, with the Derby and Derbyshire Schools Orchestra and Sinfonia Viva. The young musicians were led through a process where they created a new pice inspired by Brahms 4th Symphony III movement which then Filipe orchestrated for a joint performance.

July 2015

Sinfonia Viva Magna Carta Project - Workshop Leader

Creative workshops and residency in Lincon with around 90 children and Viva musicians creating music inspired by the Magna Carta document. Orchestration and performance with Sinfonia Viva at the Lincon Drill Hall conducted by Dominic Wheeler

June 2015

European Music Council - Share and learn Conference - Workshop Leader

Audience Development workshop and table discussion host

March 2015

Lutoslawsky Youth Orchestra - Jeunesses Musicales Poland - Project Leader

Creative workshops and residency in Central and East Poland working on collaborative composition, improvisation and performance

March 2013 to present

Philharmonia/Rochford Project - Project Leader with Tim Steiner

Working with musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra and 80 children from FitzWimark Secondary School and Primary feeder Schools

March 2013

Exchanging Worlds - Aldeburgh Music - Part of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra

Exchanging Worlds was a multi dimensional project that connected the AWO to Suffolk and the region, through an online platform, an installation and the creation of an elite performance ensemble of under 18’s

Feb to July 2012

Beit al Musica-Guildhall Collaboration - project Leader with Paul Griffiths and Preetha Narayanan

Working with Palestinian musicians (students and teachers) and Guildhall post-graduate students in a cross-cultural collaboration involving education and performance work. Set in London,  Shfar´mer  and Ramallah

2009 to present

Quest Ensemble - founder

Quest is a contemporary London based ensemble who devise and perform original work.

2009 to present

Guildhall Creative Sinfonietta - founder and co-leader with Quest Ensemble

An ensemble working on ways in to improvisation and collaborative composition aimed at postgraduate and recent graduate musicians.


Best Foot Forward  . Barbican Creative Learning Project - workshop leader

Working with year 5 and 6 children from east london schools, a producer and dancers towards a collaboramtive performance at the Barbican

Jan to Mar 2011

Come and Play weekend . Barbican Creative Learning Event - workshop leader

“I Wish I Could Play the Piano...”  introductory workshop to the Piano

Nov 2010

Music Junction . London Chamber Orchestra - assistant workshop leader

Working along side Tim Steiner and LCO players this project involved a Barnardo´s Medows and Tonbridge Grammar School in kent and Barnardo´s High Close School and Bradfield College in Berkshire. Project culminated in a performance at the Cadogan Hall with the LCO

Sep to Dec 2010

Songs From the Cow Shed - workshop leader with Fraser Trainer

Working with local amateur musicians, professional musicians, young learners, members of two samba bands and a local brass band. project culminated in a performance at the Milton Keynes Stadium

Sep to Nov 2010

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Singapore workshop leader with Sezenyum ensemble

Working with Undergraduate students on group composition/improvisation and musicianship

Aug 2009

UICM . Kuala Lumpur workshop leader with Sezenyum ensemble

Working with Undergraduate students on group composition/improvisation and musicianship

Aug 2009

Mahler Community Project Malta - Working with a select group of musicians from The Malta Youth Orchestra, as well as with members of the Maltese Active Ageing Community, to begin creating new music inspired by Mahler's Sixth Symphony. Feb 2020

Other Lands, Other Sounds - Course leader for the Artistic Residency in Portugal for advanced musicians and visual artists.

August 2016 - Ongoing yearly

Merchinston International School, China - Creative music making workshops. May 2019

Create Arts - Workshop leader at various projects 2017-2020

Create works primarily in these settings: young patients; disabled children and adults; young and adult carers; schoolchildren (and their teachers) in areas of deprivation; vulnerable older people; young and adult offenders (and their families); and marginalised children and adults.

It all started with a drop of ink and a musical note - Project Leader, workshop leader, performer - Collaborative music making project with young string players of Escola de Música do Colégio Moderno as part of the Big Bang Festival in Lisbon, Funded by Creative Europe and co-produced by Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon. Portugal

September-October 2018

For all’ - Conference and workshops with reference group Projeto Guri and Jeunesse Musicalles International - Workshop leader and presenter. São Paulo, Brasil

June 2018

Southwest Music School - Music workshops with Tim Steiner for advanced youth music students - June 2017

National Orchestra For All - Workshop Leader with Quest Ensemble

Working with the orchestra to create new music based on Stravinsky's Firebird in collaboration with artist Somang Lee.

October 2016 & April 2017

Teacher training at Sintra Conservatoire Portugal - Workshop Leader

Working with conservatoire teachers and professional musicians on leadership and collaborative devising tools.

December 2016

Sinfonia Viva Bronte Project - Workshop Leader

Creative workshops and Performance at Haworth, with two primary Schools and Sinfonia Viva. The young musicians were led through a process where they created a new pice inspired by Charlotte Bronte’s life which then Filipe orchestrated for a joint performance.

October 2016

Sinfonia Viva Fever Project - Workshop Leader

Hospital and Hospice workshops in Derbyshire and Nottingham.

Octobre 2016

Marlborough College Malaysia - Workshop Leader

Working with years 5 to 8 to create new singing and instrumental pieces collaboratively

January 2016 & June 2018

Sounds Creative Ensemble - Workshop Leader

The SoundsCreative Ensemble project is a collaborative band that brings together young musicians with a range of instruments and musical backgrounds to collectively compose a new piece of music from scratch