National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) has announced the second edition of its annual Young Composers Scheme, which offers four composers aged between 18 and 29 a fully-funded, year-long programme of professional development, including the unique opportunity to write music for NYCGB’s choirs.
According to NYCGB, the scheme ‘aims to challenge perceptions of, and support the development, innovation and diversity of new choral music’.
Applicants, who should not be in full-time formal education during the course of the programme, need to be able to demonstrate clear ability, potential and a passion for creating high-quality, imaginative new music for vocal ensembles.
NYCGB is looking to attract young people from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds, including those who may not have previously considered composing for ensemble voices. Applicants .
Running across a whole year, the scheme comprises residential courses, workshops, peer and professional mentoring and performance showcases including a high-profile launch event at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Professional mentoring will be led by NYCGB Artistic Director and OUP and Peters Edition composer Ben Parry, and there will be expert advice and tuition from distinguished composers such as Errollyn Wallen, John Rutter and Roxanna Panufnik. Professional training and insights, and a professional recording and release for their work will be facilitated by NMC Recordings, the scheme’s digital partners.
Lillie Harris, who took part in the 2018/19 Young Composers programme, said:
‘I’ve been completely enthused by being around such passionate, engaged, and committed musicians. By the end of my time on this scheme, I will have written three choral pieces: all really different but all unlocking different parts of myself. This scheme has strongly encouraged me to embrace all kinds of musical styles, reminded me of my love of words and language and made me very keen to write more choral music. I feel a lot more confident in myself and as a musician.’
Ben Parry, NYCGB Artistic Director, said:
‘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. We’re keen to work with young people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and actively encourage applications from those working in ways which are not ‘traditionally choral’ or acoustic.’
Anne Rushton, NMC Recordings Executive Director, said:
‘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 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 for the NYCGB Young Composers Scheme are open now at www.nycgb.org.uk/young-composers and close on Friday 30 August 2019, 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.