Go Compose!

Go Compose!
Go Compose!
17/07/2015 - 31/07/2017
Aberdeenshire, Birmingham, Hertfordshire, Huddersfield, Kent, Poole & West Midlands
Produced by: 
Sound and Music with local partners


What is Go Compose?
Go Compose! is a national initiative that aims to provide opportunities for secondary-aged young composers who have tried composing and want to learn more.  It provides unique opportunities to work with professional composers and musicians to create your own, original piece of music which will be performed and recorded as part of the project.

Who is it for?
The project is for young composers and creative musicians of school age (check individual projects for actual age range) who have tried composing and who would like to learn more. We're looking for people with potential and commitment, who are enthusiastic about creating their own, original music and keen to try out new ideas.

Where is it?
Go Compose! takes place at a number of locations around the country. Click on the following locations to find out more.

Banchory Aberdeenshire - led by the sound festival: October each year: for ages 14-19

Birmingham - led by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: Feel the Buzz day-long workshops

Hertfordshire - led by Sound and Music: next event: 7 August 2018

Huddersfield - led by Huddersfield University: next event: 20, 21 & 22 April 2018

Kent - led by Music@Malling: 16 September 2018

Norfolk - led by David A. Stowell and Alison Cox with Norfolk Music Hub

Poole - led by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: returns February 2019

West Midlands - led by Birmingham Young Composers Project: September - March each year



What happens at a Go Compose project?

Go Compose brings participants into contact with leading composers and performers who will guide you through the process of creating your own piece, from how to get started, to what to do when you're stuck for ideas, to hearing the final piece performed.  The tutors are chosen for their ability to inspire and communicate as well as being great composers and performers and we hope that you will feel supported and encouraged throughout!

Find out more 

Whether you're a young composer or creative musician wanting to know what is happening in your area, or an organisation who is interested in working in partnership with Sound and Music to develop Go Compose! in your area, please contact Judith Robinson at Sound and Music.

Arts Award

Taking part in Go Compose! can contribute to your Arts Award.  

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Go Compose! Hertfordshire

Go Compose! Hertfordshire is produced in partnership with the Purcell School.

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Go Compose! Banchory

Go Compose! Banchory in Aberdeenshire is for young composers aged 14-19 and is produced in partnership with the sound festival, Red Note Ensemble and Aberdeen University, and funded by Creative Scotland.

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Birmingham Young Composers' Project

BYCP is an initiative for young composers and creative musicians aged 14-18 in the West Midlands area.  Activity includes a series of workshops plus special creative weekends and composing for media projects.

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Go Compose! Huddersfield

Go Compose! Huddersfield is an initative led by Huddersfield University.  More info here!

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

BCMG's Feel the Buzz workshops are for young composers from across the country who have a stong interest in composing.


Go Compose! Kent

Go Compose! Kent is produced in partnership with Music@Malling. Click here for more info.

Go Compose! Poole

Go Compose! Poole is produced by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Click here for more info.

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