Melissa Bradshaw

NYCGB seeks talented composers for Young Composers Scheme 2019/20

9:46, 5th August 2019

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) Young Composers Scheme, now entering its second year, is open for applications from composers aged between 18 and 29.

Run in partnership with digital partner NMC Recordings, the fully-funded year-long programme offers four talented composers support in the early stages of their career including mentoring, residential courses, workshops, performance showcases and unique opportunities such as the chance to write music for NYCGB’s choirs.

The scheme aims to challenge perceptions of and support the development, innovation and diversity of new choral music. NYCGB are looking to attract young people from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds, including those who may not have previously considered composing for ensemble voices, who demonstrate clear ability, potential and a passion for composing.

Professional mentoring will be led by NYCGB artistic director Ben Parry and there will be expert advice and tuition from distinguished composers including Errollyn Wallen, John Rutter and Roxanna Panufnik. ‘There is currently no other scheme in the UK that specifically supports young choral composers to develop their craft and unique style of writing for massed voices and youth choirs,’ said Parry. ‘Following a massively successful first year, we’re now looking forward to working with the next group of talented composers, to take their music to exciting new levels.’

NMC Recordings executive director Anne Rushton added: ‘The priorities in NMC’s programme to 2021 are artistic development, under-represented areas of the catalogue and partnership projects and our collaboration with NYCGB perfectly demonstrates all three aspects of our ambition … Our aspiration for year two is that we encourage composers from a large and diverse range of musical styles and backgrounds to engage with the joy of writing for voices.’

Applications are now open at www.nycgb.org.uk/young-composers and close on Friday 30 August at 5pm. The scheme is open to composers aged 18+ on 1 September 2019 and under 30 on 31 August 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to workshops and interviews in London on Friday 14 September. In order to fully participate, applicants should not be in full-time formal education during the course of the programme.


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