About the Programme

Following the success of our Embedded Composer-in-Residence programme, it was clear that there was a need for a similar opportunity on a smaller scale. So we created Portfolio. We issued our first call for Portfolio in November 2012 and since then twenty-five composers have been working hard with professional ensembles each to create a short new work. See more about the pairings below.

Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme provides a key development opportunity for composers to create new work with and for some of the UK’s leading ensembles and presenters of new music. Portfolio enables them to develop their portfolio of compositions and gain vital artistic and practical insight and experience in working with professional ensembles and presenting organisations, and delivering new work to public audiences.

Selected composers are invited to develop a small-scale, short new work for a leading UK organisation. These are developed through a series of workshops during which the composer will work in close collaboration with the performers supported by an experienced composer mentor. The process culminates in a public performance of the new work within the ensemble’s performance schedule.

Every residency begins with a call from Sound and Music for applications to the scheme and new calls for Portfolio residencies will be posted here, once a year in the summer.

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Calls for Portfolio are now live

For the Portfolio 2014-15 scheme we are really pleased to be working with vocal ensemble EXAUDI, the artist-driven Riot Ensemble, the explorative Bohman Brothers with Richard Thomas and percussionist Joby Burgess as Aluminium Music

Applicationss for Aluminium Music, EXAUDI, Bohman Brothers with Richard Thomas and Riot Ensemble are now closed. The selected composers will be announced shortly.

Portfolio composers past and present

For the Portfolio 2013-14 scheme we are really pleased to be working with Australian orchestra Ruthless Jabiru, swimming pool based Wet Sounds, improvisers with Steve Beresford and architecturally led choir MUSARC.

The composers selected are:

For the Portfolio 2012-13 scheme we are really pleased to be working with vocal ensemble Juice, Liverpool’s Ensemble 10:10 and the Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment.

The composers selected are:

Find out more about the Portfolio 2012-13 schemes or browse through the composers involved through Pinterest here.