Lucy Thraves


Composers announced for new Wild Plum Songbook initiative

2:59, 8th February 2019

PRS for Music has partnered with Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival to give six composers the opportunity to further their careers through the Wild Plum Songbook scheme.

The scheme will see the selected participants receive feedback from renowned composers Joanna Lee and Errollyn Wallen.

In addition, the composers will take part in practical workshops over the course of two days, and will have their works performed and recorded by celebrated mezzo-soprano Rachel Lloyd and award-winning pianist Lana Bode.

Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival will commission one of the works to be premiered during the Cheltenham Music Festival’s Composium, a one-day industry-wide event for composers, publishers, music industry leaders and influences.

The chosen work will also be included in the Wild Plum Songbook, a growing portfolio of newly-commissioned works.

The selected composers are:

  • Ella Jarman-Pinto
  • Janet Oates
  • Kate Marlais
  • Lisa Robertson
  • Rose Miranda Hall
  • Sarah Lianne Lewis

Harriet Wybor, classical account manager of PRS for Music, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome these composers to the Wild Plum Songbook initiative and look forward to hearing the results of their workshops. We recognise the importance of career development in the classical sector, and it’s great to continue our support for composers through this partnership with Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival.’

Alison Balsom, artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival, said: ‘Cheltenham Music Festival has for 75 years been synonymous with world-leading composition and we want our new Composium to become an essential event in the calendar for the classical music industry.’




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