Opportunity: Adopt a Composer

Adopt a Composer 2018/19 pairings montage
Adopt a Composer pairing 2018/19 photo: Making Music
Deadline: 5pm Monday 17 June 2019
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Sound and Music in partnership with Making Music & BBC Radio 3

The Adopt a Composer scheme pairs amateur choirs, bands, orchestras or ensembles with up-and-coming composers for 12 months to collaborate and produce a new piece of music, culminating in a premiere performance, a recording and possible radio broadcast on BBC Radio 3. 

This project is funded by PRS for Music Foundation, Philip and Dorothy Green Trust, and Creative Scotland, and run by Making Music in association with BBC Radio 3.

Adopt a Composer 

Adopt a Composer pairs amateur choirs, orchestras, and ensembles with a composer for one year. The composer has the opportunity to get to know a performing group and write a piece especially for them to premiere. The group has the chance to contribute to the creation of a new work by some of the UK’s most promising composers. Pieces that are composed are usually around ten minutes long (as a very rough approximation) and are usually written to work around your existing repertoire and schedule.

"It has been a real journey of discoveries where I have learnt new and fundamental things which will support me throughout my career."

Adriano Adewale - paired with Horsham Symphony Orchestra 2016/17

From classical to jazz to folk, the programme is open to composers with an interest in developing their collaborative approaches to composition. Applicants will be expected to have some experience of working with leisure-time groups, for example as a composer, performer, or conductor.

Each pairing will be appointed with a mentor who will act as a source of ongoing advice to both composer and group as the work is composed, in musical and practical terms. The composers will also take part in two skills days run by Sound and Music.

"Now that I’m on the other side of the process I do feel like a much more rounded composer. It has been a big boost for my confidence and I would definitely feel more qualified and excited to approach new projects in the future"

Ben See - paired with Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra (SYO) 2017/18

For more info and to apply click here

Composers retain all rights to the score and are mentored by Colin Riley, David Horne, Fraser Trainer, Jenni Pinnock and Emily Crossland with costs and expenses covered by the PRS Foundation.

Listen to the pieces composed in previous Adopt a Composer projects:

Find out more about previous pairings here>>

Find out more about Adopt a Composer on the Making Music website.

How to apply

Apply on the Making Music Website >>

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