Psappha – Opportunities for Composers

September 6, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Following the success of Psappha’s Composing for Cimbalom opportunity in 2013 and Composing for Violin in 2014/15 for we are offering two new schemes for composers interested in learning more about writing for the clarinet and writing for the cello.


Psappha is offering UK-based advanced students of composition and composers who are at an early stage of their career the opportunity to work with Psappha’s cellist, Jennifer Langridge and Psappha’s clarinetist, Dov Goldberg, and to write a work for solo cello or solo clarinet which could also include minimal electronics.


Aim of the project

The aim of the project is to give the selected composers direct contact with a highly experienced performer in order to support their development. Depending on which scheme they apply for each composer will write a piece for either solo cello (or for cello and electronics*) or solo clarinet (or for clarinet and electronics*) which will be filmed and sound recorded by Psappha. The films will be hosted on YouTube so they can be embedded in the composers’ websites (click  HERE to watch the films we created for the Composing for Violin Scheme). The works created through the process will also be considered for inclusion in a Psappha performance.


* Electronics must be limited to a couple of speakers and a laptop (which composers will need to provide) due to the size of the space.


How will it work?

Up to six composers will be selected to work with Jennifer (cello) and six to work with Dov (clarinet) between November 2015 and March 2016.There will be three 40 minute one-to-one sessions plus a final rehearsal/recording.


Each scheme (cello and clarinet) with follow the same timeline which is set out below:


– Session 1 will take place in Manchester with each composer meeting with Jennifer or Dov to discuss and test out initial ideas and concepts  [November 2015].


– For session 2 we are willing to experiment with remote working with Facetime, Skype etc. So, it won’t be necessary to come to Manchester for this session. Composers will be required to submit ideas and manuscripts via email 2 weeks prior to the session [January 2016].


– For session 3 we would prefer this to be another face-to face session but if this is not possible we are willing to experiment with remote working as set out above. Again, the composers are required to submit final drafts of the works two weeks prior to the session [February 2016].


– For the final rehearsal and recording we expect all composers to be present in Manchester [Late March 2016].


Who is eligible?

This is a development opportunity for composers who are either advanced students of composition (ie post-graduates studying at Doctoral or Masters level) or composers who have left higher education within the last three years and who are at an early stage of their composing career. Composers taking part in the scheme must be based in the UK. The scheme is not open to undergraduate students or to composers who have been establishing their post-HE careers for longer than three years.


What is required from the composers?

– A genuine commitment to the project.


– To write a work that lasts a maximum of 6 minutes by March 2016 and to agree to participate in the sessions outlined above meeting the required deadlines.


How to apply?There is no standard application form. Written applications should include: your name and full contact details; a concise summary of your composing experience; a link to a short example of your music (score or mp3 or ideally both); and a brief description of how you believe this opportunity would support your development (max 300 words). Applicants will be entered for both schemes unless they express an instrument preference.


Psappha is happy to offer this development opportunity to composers for free and each of the selected composers will receive a bursary of £300.


Please email your application as a single PDF document to Tim Williams: by 5.30pm on Friday 11th October 2015.