MidWinter Composers Course

October 31, 2019 in by mwhiteside


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Treat yourself this New Year to a gigantic creative boost with CoMA’ intensive mid-winter five-day composition course. With a track record for taking composers onto an entirely new level, the course provides the technical capacity and confidence to realise more ambitious musical ideas and projects.

This year’s tutor, Scottish composer Alasdair Nicolson, will offer friendly and supportive advice to composers at all stage of their developments, advice that is nevertheless challenging and deeply instructive.  With a focus on string writing, composers are required to write for amateur strings as well as for a professional string trio Ruth Gibson (viola), Robin Michael (cello) and violinist to be confirmed.  One session each day is dedicated to writing as a composers’ ensemble.

CoMA course participants have variously described the course as providing an ‘amazing time’, offering ‘great feedback’ and ‘unique opportunities for collaboration’, and as an ‘inspiring’ way to kick off the New Year. Past composition tutors have included Tansy Davies, Gerald Barry, Sally Beamish, Philip Cashian, Alasdair Nicolson and Andrew Toovey.

At St Hilda’s College and Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford.

See www.coma.org/midwintercomposers for full details.