Adopt a Composer 2013

adopt a composer emerging composer opportunity residency
Deadline: 14 June 2013
Produced by: 
Making Music and Sound and Music


Adopt a Composer is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music, in association with BBC Radio 3, and funded by PRS For Music Foundation.


We are pleased to announce it forms an important project for the organisation as we look to the future too.

The Adopt a Composer project is a wonderful annual opportunity for an amateur orchestra, choir or band to 'adopt' an up-and-coming composer. The composer works with the performing group over the course of 12 months to produce a new piece of music, culminating in a premiere performance.

The Adopt a Composer scheme pairs an amateur ensemble - ranging from choirs and orchestras to fretted string orchestras and lever harp ensembles - with an emerging composer. Over the year the partners will collaborate to produce a new work especially for the group to premiere. It is a unique opportunity for amateur musicians to work directly with a composer, to be actively involved in the creative process and to discover new music. The composer has a chance to form a close working relationship which is not always possible in professional commissions, responding to a group's personality and interests.

Since it began in 2000, Adopt a Composer has created nearly 70 partnerships and produced hugely diverse works and performances in the process, from choral settings of William Blake poems to a piece of short movements inspired by a box of chocolates. While not all the works receive further airings, many composers have had further performances or commissions as a result of being on the Adopt a Composer scheme and several have been nominated for awards.

The scheme is funded by the PRS for Music Foundation and run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music. 

For more information please visit the Making Music website and the Adopt a Composer blog


The 2013 pairings are:

Kim Moore and the Bristol Reggae Orchestra, mentored by Fraser Trainer

Mak Murtic and the Clapham Community Choir, mentored by Fraser Trainer

Michael Betteridge and the Cobweb Orchestra, mentored by David Horne

Jenni Pinnock and Quangle Wangle Choir, mentored by Colin Riley

Chris Roe and the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, mentored by Colin Riley


Michael Betteridge and Chris Roe have since been chosen as 2015 New Voices.

To view Michael's profile click here. To view Chris' profile click here. If you'd like to know more about Sound and Music's New Voices scheme click here to go to the British Music Collection website.

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