Portfolio

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.

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.

To keep up-to-date with the latest opportunities for composers, sign up to our Opportunities mailing list

Portfolio composers past and present

For the 2014-15 Portfolio scheme, we are pleased to be working with EXAUDI, The Riot Ensemble, Bohman Brothers with Richard Thomas and Joby Burgess with Aluminium Music.

The composers selected are:

Chandra Chapman, Artur Vidal and Dan Scott with the Bohman Brothers and Richard Thomas
Ben Tassie, Chris Roe, Eugene Birman and Lee Westwood with Aluminium Music and Joby Burgess
Chloe Knibbs, Daniel Kidane and Edward Nesbitt with The Riot Ensemble
Pia Palme, Luke Nickel, Michael Perrett and Charlie Usher with EXAUDI

 


 

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.