Opportunity: Apply to be Embedded with BCMG
We’re partnering with the world-leading contemporary ensemble Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) for the fifth time as part of our Embedded programme.
Previous versions of the scheme, which has been running since 2012, have paired the group with composers Patrick Brennan, Seán Clancy, Joanna Lee, Shiori Usui and Arne Gieshoff.
This residency provides one selected composer with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the group’s activities from September 2017 to summer/autumn 2018, observing and participating in all aspects and developing an insight into a broad range of BCMG’s work.
The residency will include writing a new work for the ensemble to premiere in 2018 as well as a shorter piece for young performers as part of their Learning and Participation programme.
It is a truly unique residency with professional development at its core. The selected composer will have time to get to know the ensemble and all the group's activities through visits, shadowing of composers, observing rehearsals and performances, as well as attending workshops and receiving bespoke coaching and mentoring.
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is renowned for its excellence. Its dedicated team and world-class musicians champion new music and bring the work of today’s composers to audiences of all ages. The ensemble’s composer-centred approach stands firmly at the heart of its work offering a resident composer a wonderful opportunity to develop new works in close partnership with this enterprising and open-minded ensemble.
Stephan Meier, Artistic Director of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, said:
"In our drive to nurture the music of today and tomorrow we are constantly seeking quality and individuality. To become Apprentice Composer in Residence brings a year’s engagement, offering a great breadth of opportunities. BCMG’s musicians are fantastically open-minded and their future-facing approach lies at the heart of this. We are very happy to offer this unique opportunity in partnership with Sound and Music."
Nicole Rochman, Creative Project Leader at Sound and Music said:
"Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is renowned for its excellence. Its dedicated team and world-class musicians champion new music and bring the work of today’s composers to audiences of all ages. The ensemble’s composer-centred approach stands firmly at the heart of its work offering a resident composer a wonderful opportunity to develop new works in close partnership with this enterprising and open-minded ensemble. "
How to apply
This opportunity is now closed
Deadline: Noon 19th April 2017
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About Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group enjoys an established a reputation for exciting performances, innovative audience-building and learning initiatives, and a central commitment to composers and the presentation of new work. The Group thrives on innovation and invention and is critically acclaimed for championing the most forward-looking music regionally, nationally and internationally.
As a world-leading contemporary ensemble, BCMG has premiered over 170 works, most commissioned through its pioneering Sound Investment scheme, with a family of Investors supporting each new piece. In addition, BCMG’s extensive Learning and Participation Programme supports young people as composers, performers and listeners of new music through an exciting range of projects in- and out-of-school.
BCMG features on numerous CDs, including an ongoing series of NMC discs devoted to British composers, with recent recordings of music by Charlotte Bray, Oliver Knussen, Tansy Davies, Alexander Goehr and Richard Causton. The Group has two Artists-in- Association, Oliver Knussen and John Woolrich, and Sir Simon Rattle is the Group’s Founding Patron.
Embedded is a Sound and Music composer and creative-artist development programme. Funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the PRS for Music Foundation, Embedded places a selection of composers from a range of disciplines into extended relationships with leading national arts organisations.