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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Adopt a Composer 2016/17 pairings revealed

5:20, 19th September 2016

The pairings for the 2016/17 Adopt a Composer scheme have been announced.

The scheme offers amateur musicians the chance to work directly with a composer early in their career, actively participate in the creative process and contribute to the development of new music. In return, composers receive guidance from established mentors and can form a close working relationship with their allocated ensemble.

The project offers excellent exposure for both the composers and groups, with recordings of many of the pieces broadcast on Radio 3.

The pairings for 2016/17 are:

  • Adriano Adewale with Horsham Symphony Orchestra (West Sussex) – mentored by Fraser Trainer
  • Christopher Schlechte-Bond with KEMS Concert Band (Cheshire)
    – mentored by David Horne
  • Mark Boden with Croydon Bach Choir (London) – mentored by Colin Riley
  • Martin Humphries with ‘On The Edge’ Fusion Youth Orchestra (West Midlands) – mentored by Fraser Trainer
  • Rosie Clements with Spectrum Singers (Wales) – mentored by Colin Riley
  • Shona Mackay with The Glasgow School of Art Choir (Scotland) – mentored by David Horne
  • Scottish project: Aran Browning with Strathendrick Singers (Scotland) – mentored by David Horne

Adopt a Composer is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music in association with Radio 3, and funded by PRS For Music Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust. This year, for the first time, Creative Scotland has provided funding for a Scottish project.

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