Composer and Librettist

October 4, 2016 in All Opportunities, choral, Composers by mwhiteside

3FF is one of the UK’s leading interfaith organisations which exists to build understanding and lasting relationships between people of all faiths and beliefs. The organisation works with teachers and students, artists and professionals, political leaders in Parliament and upcoming leaders still at University.

Mixed Up Chorus is one of 3FF’s flagship programmes. Now in its third year, this intercultural and intergenerational, non-auditioned 70-voice choir is uniting members and audiences through a love of music with regular performances, a global repertoire and exciting collaborations with other artists. The choir is led by Jeremy Haneman, conductor and director of the Royal Opera House’s Community Chorus.

Singing Our Lives (SOL), supported by Arts Council England, involves the creation of a new song series and musical resource for community choirs and schools exploring the stories of migrants and refugees in the UK. We are looking for a composer and librettist with experience in creating music collaboratively. They will join the Singing Our Lives team and trained members of the Mixed Up Chorus at a series of musical exchange workshops with refugee and migrant groups. These will inform the creation of 2-3 new commissioned songs exploring the theme of migration. The Mixed Up Chorus and others will perform the songs at a gala launch performance in Summer 2017. The songs will then be disseminated along with a resource exploring the experiences of refugees and migrants to schools and other community choirs.

Dates: Recruitment and project development is already underway, training and workshops will take place in Spring 2017, Gala performance Summer 2017

Job description: Composer and Librettist, Mixed Up Chorus

Duties will include:

  • Taking part and contributing to faith based/ dialogue training with choir members
  • Participating in a series of music exchange workshops with trained choir members and migrant groups
  • Capturing stories from workshops and turning content (themes, stories and musical references) into 2-3 new pieces of commissioned work in both SATB and unison arrangements

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience of writing vocal and choral music for amateur singers
  • Experience in collaborative composition
  • Confidence in working with people from a range of belief and cultural backgrounds
  • Experience working with migrant groups
  • Commitment and sensitivity to working in an intercultural setting
  • Experience in developing workshops around music/story exchange

Fee: Composer £2500, librettist £1500

If you are interested in either of these posts please send a CV, any links to your music and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience match the desired criteria to:

Deadline: 10 October 2016

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