News: Composers announced for British Paraorchestra!

The British Paraorchestra
The British Paraorchestra
26th January 2017
Produced by: 
The British Paraorchestra in partnership with Sound and Music

Joining Portfolio with the British Paraorchestra are composers Amble Skuse and Rasmus Zwicki

Congratulations to Amble Skuse and Rasmus Zwicki who have been selected for this exciting residency with the British Paraorchestra. This Portfolio project seeks to encourage the two composers to push their boundaries by exploring the unique collaborative practices of the group. The creation of new and original small-scale works will showcase and celebrate the extraordinary talent within the group's abilities, whilst also providing a wealth of creative development opportunities for the composers. It's an exciting 2017 for Portfolio

Chloë Richardson, Creative Project Leader at Sound and Music said:

“Amble Skuse and Rasmus Zwicki are two young composers not only brimming with innovative and pioneering sonic ideas, but who are also open and curious to exploring and developing new ways of collaborative working. I am truly excited to hear what new sounds and participatory ways of composing emerge from their collaboration with the talented musicians of the British Paraorchestra, who have their own unique approach to creating and improvising together as an ensemble.”

Charles Hazlewood, Artistic Director of The British Paraorchestra said:

"Working with Sound and Music on their portfolio scheme has shown us a dizzying array of new composing talent. In the final round we saw seven ridiculously talented artists and in choosing Rasmus Zwicki and Amble Skuse we anticipate two wildly exciting new Paraorchestra premieres. These two fierce creative spirits could not be more welcome! In addition, we couldn't ignore Amble's violinistic brilliance (a true sonic adventurer); she is already part of the ensemble for The British Paraorchestra's upcoming Symphony Hall concert this February in collaboration with the CBSO.” 

Amble Skuse 

Amble Skuse

Amble Skuse is a composer who fuses acoustic instruments with electronics and processing. She uses logic, max/msp and supercollider alongside more traditional composing techniques. She is currently working on her PhD exploring using body sensors to create musical controllers for disabled musicians. 

Her has been performed internationally from Canada to China, by ensembles such as Mr McFalls Chamber, Red Note Ensemble and Rarescale. She was a Creative Scotland International Creative Entrepreneurship Fellow for 2013, a BBC Performing Arts Fellow (2013), has gained several large scale grants from Creative Scotland to produce work, and was recently awarded a BBC alumni fellowship. 

#electronics     #improvisation     #processing     #ensemble     #classical

Amble says:

"I'm really looking forwards to working with Sound and Music and the British Paraorchestra. The British Paraorchestra offers such an interesting ensemble of instruments, ways of working, ways of scoring and electronics that the piece will need to be entirely bespoke for them. I have ideas about what I would like to explore with them but I'm also looking forwards to getting their perspective.

My PhD is looking at ways of using the body as data for electronics processing with regards to disabled musicians. This project seemed like the ideal opportunity to meet other disabled musicians and explore ways in which we approach music making.

Sound and Music is a great support network for composers, and my experience of working with them previously has proved inspirational. There is so much knowledge and skill within the organisation that I am looking forwards to tapping into through this project."






Rasmus Zwicki

Rasmus Zwicki is a Danish-born composer. He currently resides in London  where he studies with Laurence Crane at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In his work, with various combinations of music, drama, movement, video and installation, he explores transdisciplinary approaches to composition and collaboration – notably with The Danish Broadcasting Corporation and The Funen Opera. His music is stylistically multilingual, often mixing elements of musical languages to most precisely communicate the core ideas of a particular work. Rasmus teaches composition at The Danish National Academy of Music and The Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.

#diverse     #transdisciplinary     #contrapuntal     #collaborative

Rasmus says:

"I love composing for, and with, particular musicians - as opposed to the anonymous instrument names in a score, and Sound and Music is providing a wonderful opportunity for me to make some inspiring new musical acquaintances among the truly unique talents in the British Paraorchestra. Two things particularly attracted me to this opportunity: the diversity and the willpower present in the British Paraorchestra. These musicians have had to overcome obstacles that may seem overwhelming, and yet the beauty of their music sounds elegantly effortless."



Last Symphony by Rasmus Zwicki @ DR Koncerthuset, Studio 2


About the British Paraorchestra

The British Paraorchestra is the world’s first, large-scale professional ensemble for musicians with disabilities, founded by British conductor Charles Hazlewood in 2012. Just as the Paralympics have achieved so effectively in sport, the British Paraorchestra has shifted perceptions of disability and disabled people by creating a visible platform for gifted disabled musicians to perform and excel at the highest level. The group debuted at the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony.

The Paraorchestra and Friends is a registered charity based in Bristol that aims to further the aims of the British Paraorchestra through an array of ground-breaking musical projects. The charity has a new home in At-Bristol, whose vision of a closely connected culture of arts and science chimes with the Paraorchestra’s mission to push creative boundaries and seek out diverse collaborations.




About Portfolio

Aimed at talented composers at an early stage in their career, Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme provides a key development opportunity for composers to create new work with and for some of the UK’s leading ensembles and presenters of new music.

Funded by Esmee Fairbairn and PRS for Music Foundation.

In partnership with: 

Paraorchestra logo


Funded by: 


PRS logo

Fundraising Regulator
Sound and Music|3rd Floor, South Wing, Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA|Tel +44 (0)20 7759 1800||Registered Charity: 1124609|VAT Reg No: 937 5533 96 

Designed by Fitzroy & Finn|Built by Platform3|Copyright © Sound and Music 2016