Adopt a Composer scheme

March 24, 2017 in All Opportunities, Performers by mwhiteside

The Adopt a Composer scheme pairs member groups with composers for one year, with each pair working collaboratively to create a unique new work.

Apply here https://www.makingmusic.org.uk/resource/adopt-composer-scheme

What is 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.

Adopt a Composer is funded by PRS for Music Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Trust and run by Making Music, in association with Sound and Music and BBC Radio 3.

It was a challenging but very worthwhile experience! It pushed our boundaries, which is what we like to do and having the opportunity of the BBC to record us, was absolutely wonderful!

La Nova Singers – paired with Ed Scolding in 2015/16

What are the benefits for our group?

  • A new piece of repertoire tailored to the strengths and personality of the group
  • A working relationship with a skilled and committed composer
  • The opportunity to be recorded by BBC Radio 3, for possible broadcast on national radio
  • An understanding of the collaborative process of creating new music and the knowledge to undertake this again independently
  • A Group Development Day in January for the MD and another member of the group to attend
  • A new and exciting experience, in which 90+ Making Music groups have now participated

Anna has been a joy to work with. She has been sensitive to the unique nature of the choir and has written a piece that stretches them but also celebrates who they are. She has involved them in the writing from the start and has incorporated their ideas into the final piece. We are very excited about the performance.

Quirky Choir – paired with Anna Braithwaite 2014/15

How does it work?

Following the application process, your group will be paired with an up-and-coming composer for the year during which the composer (mentored by an experienced professional) will write a new piece specifically tailored to your group.

The composer costs, fees for the mentoring composer, and all expenses related to the placement of the composer will be paid by the PRS for Music Foundation. The only costs to participating member groups will be the allocation of sufficient rehearsal and performance time.

The composer retains all rights to the score.

The process:

  • September: pairings announced at launch event – meet your composer!
  • November: your group hosts a workshop introducing the composer to your members
  • January: you and your composer workshop/rehearse the pieces in progress
  • January: you attend our Development Day to meet other participating groups and share ideas and learnings
  • February – April: rehearsing of the draft piece
  • May – September: premiere concert (usually recorded for a broadcast on BBC Radio 3)

How to apply

To apply to take part, complete and submit the online form below. If you would prefer to complete the application form as a Word doc, or if you have any further questions, please contact Sally Palmer (sally@makingmusic.org.uk).

The deadline for group applications is 5pm Thursday 8 June 2017 (applications for composers wishing to take part will open in May 2017)Following this, shortlisted applicants will be contacted to arrange a 10 minute phone call with us as part of the selection process.

Before completing this form ensure that your group satisfies the following criteria:

  • Music Director and group members are enthusiastic and able to commit to get involved in the composition process over the whole course of the project.
  • Able to arrange time in your schedule to develop, rehearse and perform a new piece in the 2017/18 season (please see above).
  • Is a member of Making Music. (If you are not currently a member, please contact the Making Music office – 020 7939 6030 – to find out about joining).

Apply here https://www.makingmusic.org.uk/resource/adopt-composer-scheme