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Call out for Young Composers…


Are you a Young Composer, aged 16-21 years old who would like to take part in an exciting new composition project from January-March 2018?

Komposit is a three-month mentoring scheme managed by Firebird Trust, a music organisation that works across the East Midlands with professional and emerging musicians.

We are seeking 5 Young Composers to be part of this scheme, where they will be matched with professional musicians working towards an end performance at Lincoln Drill Hall and an Audio Recording.

If you are interested in applying please read through the information below to check your eligibility and how to apply. The closing date for applications is Friday 10th November 12noon.

Call for young composers

Do you write or make up your own tunes?

Would you love the opportunity to explore your creation further with an interesting mix of live musicians to work with?

Are you open to exploring music in directions you may not have thought of before?

If the answer to the questions above is yes then this project may well be for you.

Who are you?

You need to be aged 16-21 years and have an interest in music.

You do not need to be classically trained or be part of any particular genre of music. Whether you love classical, folk, jazz, electronica or make up tunes and songs in a pop/rock idiom this project could be for you.

You do not need to be able to read or score music but you will need to be able to communicate your ideas. You will get help doing this as part of the process.

What happens if you are selected?

If you are selected for this process you will work with an ensemble of five musicians who also come from mixed musical backgrounds and who play a diverse range of instruments.

You will get two half-day sessions working with the musicians to develop your idea further and built into the workshops schedule is time to refine your ideas before meeting the ensemble again.

You will be mentored throughout the process but will also receive a mentoring session with one of Komposit’s key patrons who are composers and instrumentalists themselves. They are Judith Weir (CBE), Contemporary classical composer, Annie Whitehead Trombone player and composer predominantly known for her jazz work but also across other styles, Chris Woods, BBC Radio 2 folk song award winner who is also a stunning instrumentalist.

The process includes recording the piece at the end so you have your own audio recording to use and share and a live performance on March 27th 2018 at Lincoln Drill Hall.

The workshops will take place in either Lincoln or Nottingham at venues and on dates to be confirmed.

What is the idea behind this?

Simply not many musicians and composers appreciate one type of music.  This can be limited though through lack of knowledge of other genres or access to other types of music in the first place etc. We seem to often want to place music neatly into boxes and yet there are many examples that are hard to classify and yet are interesting and stimulating in their own right.

This project aims to take a young composer, who may not have had the opportunity to work in an open workshop setting with diverse musicians before, to go on an exploration journey – discovering and creating. The idea is that live musicians effect the development of work by presenting ways of playing that a composer might not have thought of in advance. So whilst a piece or embryonic idea starts off as one thing it can develop into another when live musicians help inform the process. The fact that those musicians have diverse influences on their style also impacts on the creative process allowing for an explosion of ideas, which opens up new horizons for our future music makers.

Interested in being one of our Young Composers? What you need to do next.

We hope by now that you are interested in signing up to be part of this exciting programme. To apply please contact Komposit’s Director, Jo Freya, via email YC@komposit.co.uk

by Friday 10th November 12noon and explain briefly  (One side of A4) why you think this project is ideal for you and attach an example of your current ideas. This does not need to be professionally recorded. A home, phone, iPad recording is fine and only need to be a sketch of what is in your mind not a completed idea. If you do write music you can send a score but we would like a sound bite too. Please also state where you are currently living, along with contact details and your date of birth.

We will be notifying successful composers at the end of November. If selected you will be sent a schedule to select best dates/times for you for the key dates where applicable.

Key Dates

Introductory Networking Session (Young Composers and Musicians) – Early January 2018

Workshop One – End January 2018

Workshop Two – Mid February 2018

Audio Recording – Mid-end March 2018

Performance – 27th March 2018

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