New Music Stage and Sounding out at Music For Youth's National Festival

Sat 11th July 2015
Birmingham Conservatoire
Produced by: 
Music For Youth, Sound and Music


Sound and Music, in partnership with Music for Youth, want to support more performances and commissions of new music written by young composers. The New Music Stage programme brings together performing groups, music education providers and composers in live events, supporting artistic collaborations. The day long New Music Stage at Music for Youth’s National Festival on Saturday 11 July 2015 will present selected performances of new music by young composers, performed by young people. Alongside the performances, there will also be a Sounding Out Panel and 1-2-1 sessions for young composers and a music educators. 

The running order for the day is as follows;

The day will also include:

  • 11:00 - 12:30 & 15:00 - 16:30 - Joe Broughton, Artist in Residence, leading composition workshops
  • 12:30 - 13:30 & 16:30 - 17:30 - 121 surgeries for young composers with professionals (More details below)
  • 15:15 - 16:15 -   Composer Surgeries for professional composers and music educators (More details below)

For a full list of young composers performing their work please visit the events page here. For more information, please email or call on 020 7759 1830.

For more information on the New Music Stage events and to book go to the Music For Youth website.


Sounding Out LogoSounding Out: New Music Stage is a presentation and panel session featuring leaders in the fields of new music and music education and joined by young composers and creative musicians. It is a unique opportunity for composers and music educators to come together to explore how young people can be supported to be creators and composers of new music through examining ways of collaborating and models of good practice, and by listening to the experiences of the young musicians themselves.

Book now through Music For Youth.


Sounding Out Speakers: Young Composer panel

Matthew Brett

Matthew is aged 14 and has recently started composing music.  He enjoys composing for percussion because he is a percussionist himself.  He is a member of the Halle Youth Orchestra and other ensembles including the LoveMusicTrust.  Matthew recently won the Harp on Wight composition competition after writing a short piece for solo Harp and he wants to be a professional musician in future.

Roella Oloro

Roella is aged 17 and says she lives to compose - there is nothing else that she would rather do!  She has been composing since early childhood but only really started notating them when she was first introduced to Sibelius, since when she has composed a number of her own creations.  She has been playing the piano since she was 5 and now plays 5 other instruments (clarinet, saxophone, bass guitar, guitar and drums).  She currently plays for the Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra and has composed for both ensembles. 

Atterbury Jones

Atterbury is a 17 year-old rapper-songwriter who is currently in Year 12 at Lewis School Pengam. At the age of 15, he was chosen to take part in our Scholarship Programme for gifted songwriters headed by Amy Wadge and performed at Music for Youth’s Schools’ Prom as part of the school's ukulele band, Lewis and the Ukes. Since this time, he has written, recorded and produced his latest EP which has had airplay on BBC Radio Wales by Adam Walton. In the New Year's playlist, he was chosen by BBC Radio Wales as one of the best up and coming young talents in Wales. 

Molly Lawes

Molly is aged 19 and a composer, arranger and performer based in London, currently studying Classical Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Laurence Crane. Her compositions have been played in locations such as Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Clore Ballroom in the Southbank Centre, The Sage in Gateshead, as well as part of art and museum installations across Europe. Molly was a composer for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain between 2013-2014 and received training from Anna Meredith, Larry Goves, and Chris Mayo among others. 

Since coming to Guildhall Molly has developed an interest in writing for media, sonic art, electronics and live performance installations with credits including "Newton Knowledge Installation" as part of the Gravity Fields Festival and the "Forgotten Spaces Festival 2015" in Frieberg, Germany.  Expanding on her work for electronics and production Molly works closely with record labels 4AD and Nonclassical. 

As well as getting her own music heard by the public, Molly thinks it's really important to get new music heard by as many people as possible, and expose them to as many genres as possible. She thinks it's vital for us to expose everyone to classical music, and eradicate the stigma that new music is "weird"!


Sounding Out speakers: Composers and educators' panel

Chaired by Richard Whitelaw, Head of Programmes, Sound and Music

Nancy Evans

Nancy is Director of Learning & Participation for BCMG and has worked with the group since 2000. Before joining BCMG she studied trumpet at the RNCM, taught primary music in Ramallah, Palestine and was awarded an MA in Community Music from the University of York. Nancy is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to compose, perform and listen to new music. In particular she is interested in developing the pedagogy and practice of composing with young people through bringing together composers, educators and researchers.As well as working for BCMG three days a week, she is musician-in-residence at Adderley Children's Centre, Birmingham and also works as a research assistant for Exeter University as part of the MIROR Project - an EU funded project investigating the use of new interactive music software developed by SONY France. Nancy has conceived and led training programmes for musicians and early years practitioners working in early years settings for a range of organisations including: The London Symphony Orchestra; The Wigmore Hall; The Royal Scottish National Orchestra; and, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. She is the main author of Tuning in to Children, a Youth Music publication created to support Youth Music and the Association of British Orchestra's Cluster Programme. Nancy also works in Beirut, Lebanon with Al Jana, the Arab Resource Centre for Popular Arts, training youth workers from Palestinian refugee camps to create music with young people.

Duncan Chapman

Lincoln based, Composer/Sound Artist regularly works with many leading music organisations in the UK including The Royal Opera House, Spitalfields Music, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Britten Sinfonia, Wigmore Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sound Festival, BBC and Sound and Music. He is a frequent traveller to more exotic locations with projects and performances in Tokyo, Singapore, Switzerland, Budapest and throughout Europe. Much of his work involves composing and devising work with groups and often results in sound installations, recordings and multi-media performances. Current projects include • But where do we get the water? : for the London Chamber Orchestra for orchestra, young musicians and laptop ensemble• 7 journeys to stillness :for a family concert to be played by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, to be composed in the foyer before the concert• A piece with the BBC Concert orchestra, a school wind band and special school iPad ensemble.• An ongoing series of projects with singer/choreographer Isabel Jones including the Dark Januaries project and a tour of Salamanda Tandem's White Cane performance piece.• Leading the Fanfare project for young composers with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.• Directing the Link Ensemble for the Britten Sinfonia• Projects with the Colchester Moot Hall organ restoration project including performances and a field recording/composition project for A level students combining sounds of the organ with recordings from the Oyster Fishery.• Ongoing collaborations with DMU developing software (Compose With Sounds) for educational contexts.• Performances with Supriya Nagarajan for the Manasamitra Singing Bowl Lullabies project
Duncan is also a contributor to courses at De Montfort & York Universities and external examiner (Music & Communities) at Aberdeen University.

Rosie Clements

Rosie Clements is an up and coming composer who has just graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire under Howard Skempton, Sean Clancy and Errollyn Wallen. She has written music for various ensembles including but not limited to Ensemble Krock, The Schubert Ensemble and Orchestra of The Swan. Her music has been performed at venues through europe including the Orgelpark Amsterdam with a performance of a piece for four organs and live on Resonance FM with her piece Bible Geese Horn. Rosie's work explores limitations as a means of creation and the autobiographical nature of her work leads to subtle and intimate pieces. Rosie is a keen educator, working on projects such as the Young Composers Project, and an events manager, working as the artistic director for Frontiers Festival 2015.

Bethan Jenkins

In 1999, Bethan graduated from Cardiff University with a BMus
degree and from 2000, she has taught Music at Lewis School Pengam, an all boys-comprehensive
school in the heart of the Rhymney Valley, South Wales. Since 2011, she has
developed, with the support of Caerphilly Arts, a songwriting programme with
Amy Wadge. Amy has received much acclaim in the last year after co-writing Thinking Out Loud with Ed Sheeran
alongside credits with Janelle Monáe, Birdy, Keith Urban and  Ms Dynamite.
As a school, Lewis School Pengam has written, recorded and produced an EP as
well as set up a Scholarship Scheme with MAT (more able and talented) pupils.
This has been very successful; pupils have received BBC Radio Wales airplay as
well as support from Amy to gig in and around South Wales.

Caroline Welsh 

Caroline Welsh is a flautist trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and as a Post Graduate on the Guildhall’s Performance and Communication Skills course. Since then she has worked as a freelance performer and teacher, and in community music education as a workshop leader and animateur.

Caroline’s work includes committed engagements of many years’ standing alongside individual projects and collaborations. One of the founding musicians of Music for Life (Wigmore Hall), a pioneering programme of creative music-making with people living with dementia, she is currently a workshop leader and trainer for the programme. As a specialist music teacher and co-ordinator in a primary school she has been responsible for the development of a whole school musical culture through class music lessons, creative projects, singing and performance.  As a freelance facilitator she devises and delivers creative projects, working with orchestras, venues, schools and specialist organisations (such as RNIB, Dementia Pathfinders and I Can) to engage people of all ages in the enjoyment of high quality music-making. 

Caroline is currently the project leader for the London Chamber Orchestra’s ground breaking education project Music Junction and works with the Royal Academy of Music, London Symphony Orchestra Discovery, Forest Philharmonic and Wigmore Learning to devise and lead new creative  projects in many different community settings.

Clive Stott

Clive Stott has a theatrical background having worked for many
years with Youth Action Theatre. During this time, Clive developed his role as
a theatrical pit musician working for both Italia Conti and Sylvia Young and
undertook several European tours with the musical shows Godspell, Cabaret,
Merrily We Roll Along and Pippin.

Clive had a commercial career working as a senior IT programme
manager for NatWest, Coutts and RBS managing a number of large IT projects
including the integration of Coutts system s to RBS following the takeover. His
other major role involved working as a lead trainer on the programme to retrain
senior management within the organisation to improve overall management

During his time with RBS he was sponsored to train as a life coach
as part of a programme being run by Tower Hamlets.  From this he then
volunteered in a number of schools in Tower Hamlets working with failing
students to help them resolve issues and improve confidence.

On leaving RBS, he joined Meadows school initially as an ICT
Teaching Assistant and then on retirement of the full time ICT teacher, took on
the full time teaching role. He initially got involved at the end of the first
year of the Music Junction project and has remained with it since. 

Sounding Out 1-2-1 Surgeries

Young Composer Surgeries: 12:30 – 13:30 OR 16:30 – 17:30

These 1-2-1 surgeries are an opportunity for young composers and creative musicians (aged 12 – 21) to meet with a professional composer.  You can bring along a piece of your music for some positive comments and feedback, or ask for advice about your ambitions and plans for your future development as a composer.  Each surgery is 15 minutes long.  Contact Alexandra Brierley to book.

Professional Composer Surgeries: 15:15 - 16:15 

These 1-2-1 surgeries are for music educators including music teachers and hub leaders who are interested in supporting young composers of all ages/stages through collaborating with composers, and for composers interested in working with young composers in a variety of educational settings.  The surgeries will be facilitated by industry professionals drawn from Sound and Music and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.  Each surgery is 15 minutes long, contact Judith Robinson to book.

To find out more about the New Music Stage go to the Music for Youth website.


Have your music performed at MFY’s New Music Stage at the National Festival, a national showcase of young talent working across genres. Submit a new piece and receive professional feedback.

The programme is now open. Click here if you are a student or an organisation applying on behalf of a student

Sound and Music, in partnership with Music for Youth, are embarking on a two year programme to support more performances and commissions of new music written by young composers. The programme will bring together performing groups, music education providers and composers in live events, supporting artistic collaborations.

The Event
The day long New Music Stage at Music for Youth’s National Festival in July 2015 will present selected performances of new music by young composers, performed by young people. 

Who and what are we looking for?
Young composers, or music organisations representing young composers, will be considered in the following age categories:

  • 12 - 16 years old
  • 17 – 18 years old
  • 19 - 21 years old

They will need to submit a new piece from any genre of music. The piece should be performed by young musicians also aged 21 years old and under.

What will we need?

  • A score – this can either be fully noted, chord sequences or written instructions as suits the medium of the piece. 
  • A recording of the proposed performing group – ideally a recording of them playing the composition itself, but if not a recording of the group playing something already in their repertoire.

To find out more about the New Music Stage criteria as well as guidance for filling out your application, please refer to our New Music Stage Guidelines Document.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is noon Friday 27th March 2015.


(Applications may be submitted either by students or by organisations on their behalf)

For more information, please email or call on 020 7759 1830. 

The New Music Stage is supported by investment from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.


The applications are now closed.

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