Dr. Joel Bell
Director - The Alternative Conservatoire
Dr. Bell has lectured and mentored students and young professionals in universities and conservatoires across the UK. A Berklee scholar and graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, his work has been performed in festivals and concerts in the UK, Canada, NYC, Hong Kong, Singapore and Amsterdam.
As an academic he has spoken at conferences on new techniques on the guitar, improvisation, composition and inter-cultural collaborative practices as well as speaking on BBC Radio 4.
He leads cross-cultural ensemble Gokumi and is a long time collaborator with Peter Wiegold and is 'house guitarist' at London's Club Inegales.
In 2019, after spending years studying, performing and collaborating with musicians from the Near and Far East, alongside conversations with his many students, he realised a new direction was needed in Higher Education - thus the seeds of The Alternative Conservatoire were born.