Get your classical score professionally critiqued

July 16, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

Do you have a work-in-progress classical score you’d like a chamber ensemble to workshop?

PRS for Music is offering composers the chance to have their work professionally critiqued by industry experts in its Piecing it Together workshop on 6 September.

The session will provide the opportunity for several works to be conducted by Quentin Poole and performed by the Berkeley Ensemble (two violins, viola, cello, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano).

The works will also be put through a critical response process, led by Richard Whitelaw of Sound and Music and guest composer Gavin Higgins.

Each chosen piece will be workshopped for around 20 to 30 minutes.

Commenting, Gavin said: ‘I’m delighted to be involved with the PRS for Music and their Piecing it Together workshop day. Working directly with the ensembles who have commissioned me has been integral to the success of those pieces. I’m very much looking forward to meeting the composers who have submitted pieces and seeing how they interact with the Berkeley Ensemble.’

Later, composers will learn how to help ensure their score can catch the eye of an ensemble or conductor through a series of informal masterclasses led by industry expert Robert Percival.

Attendees will also be given the chance to speak to PRS for Music staff in a number of member-focussed surgeries.

James Hannam from the PRS for Music Foundation and Ben Lane from the Arts Council will also run informal sessions on how to improve funding applications.

Interested composers should submit their work-in-progress score to event organiser Naomi Belshaw, classical account manager at PRS for Music:

The incomplete pieces should be within one and five minutes long. Please submit a digital score for review.

The deadline for entries is Friday 7 August 2015. 

The workshop takes place at PRS for Music, 2 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG, on 6 September from 10am – 6pm.