Open Call - NEXT

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25 June 2018

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire have joined forces to offer a new and unique 1-year training programme for music students and professional musicians looking for a career as performers of contemporary music.

During this programme you will:

  • Work alongside world-famous composers and performers;
  • Meet key people on the international contemporary music scene;
  • Perform side by side with BCMG musicians in high-profile concerts;
  • Build your own ensemble and present concerts with fellow participants.

By the end of the programme you will have acquired:

  • In-depth knowledge of contemporary music from the second half of the 20th century to the present day, including its aesthetics and techniques;
  • Confidence in programming, promoting and presenting new music to the public;
  • Core skills for a successful professional career in contemporary music performance.

At the end of the programme participants will receive a joint official certificate from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and BCMG.

About the programme:

NEXT Music offers you an unprecedented opportunity to become a successful contemporary music performer. In a year of intensive training you will learn to perform some of the most inspiring and challenging works written in the last 70 years. You will receive coaching and one-to-one teaching sessions from BCMG players and world famous soloists. You will have many opportunities to perform, including side by side concerts with BCMG, and you will work directly with the world’s leading composers on the interpretation of their music.

Classes in contemporary music history and analysis, instrumental techniques and digital technologies will complement your studies, while regular lectures from artistic directors, publishers and other invited guests from the music industry will equip you with the necessary skills to present and promote new music to different audiences.

You will gain precious insights on how to run a contemporary music organisation from project/concert management to fundraising and marketing, and you will have the opportunity to take part in BCMG’s Learning Programme and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s community-based activities, thus developing another essential aspect of being a professional musician today.


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire applicants:Undergraduate students starting Year 4 of their BMus course in September 2018.Postgraduate students starting Year 1 or 2 of their MMus/PgDip/APD/PhD course in September 2018.

Other applicants:Postgraduate students at other UK and European music institutions and recently graduated musicians.

The programme is open to:

  • Instrumental performers (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, harp, violin, viola, cello, double-bass)
  • Live electronics performer (one)
  • Conductor (one)



The cost of the programme is almost entirely subsidised by our main funders. The programme is free for participants who are also Royal Birmingham Conservatoire students, while other participants will be expected to pay a fee of £1,500 to access Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s facilities and NEXT activities. Means-tested bursaries are also available.


Applications can be downloaded from http://www.bcmg.org.uk/learning/next/ and should be submitted to BCMG via email to NEXT@bcmg.org.uk by Monday 25 June, 2018. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application within 2-3 business days.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to live solo auditions that will take place on Monday 9 July and Friday 13 July at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

There are no application fees. Reimbursement of travel costs to attend the auditions will not be available.

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