Our composers and musicians have expertise in a huge range of music-making from conventionally-notated music to electronic music and from jazz to music for film. During the week, you will work in a group with composers and musicians who can work with you on your preferred style of music-making as well as having the opportunity to try out different styles and traditions.
This year’s Key Tutors are:
Kerry Andrew; Composing for Voice
Issie Barratt; Jazz Composition
After sampling a number of pieces (that demonstrate ways in which various jazz composers have generated musical environments that inspire the creativity of their performing jazz musicians) and examining the ways in which these composers have communicated their ideas, we'll collectively be setting ourselves similar challenges and finding our own ways to best communicate our ideas to the co-members of our ensemble, within the constraints of a 3 minute piece, ready to record and perform the ensemble's programme of 15 pieces on the last day of the summer school.
Alison Cox with Kuljit Bhamra; Instrumental Composition including world music
New Music Resounds! Young composers will explore a fascinating range of starting points based around improvisation, graphic and non-standard notation, musical ideas from other cultural traditions and sounds from the environment. You will work closely with five brilliant musicians representing a range of different cultures who will help you to explore new ideas, write them down and combine them.
Aidan Goetzee; Music and Sound for the Moving Image
How do you bring film to life with sound? With the huge range of sounds possible from recording and computer technology and working with a small group of instrumentalists you will create, explore and extend your sonic language. Using everything from noise through to music you will compose, record, mix, master and synchronise your original score to film.
David Horne; Advanced Instrumental Composition
Music is ultimately about great sounds, and in working with different instruments we will introduce you to the fantastic sound possibilities they have in order to help you create original and thrilling music. You will receive feedback on your music from myself and the other musicians as well as from visitors Adam Gorb and Joe Cutler, heads of composition at the RNCM and Birmingham Conservatoire. We will look at examples of innovative music from the 20th century and use them as an inspiration for composition; you will pick up some great tricks and 'trade secrets' for starting and continuing a piece, and finally building it into a creation you are satisfied with.
This year you will be writing for a mixture of the experimental vocal trio juice (Anna Snow, Sarah Dacey and Kerry Andrew) and their occasional collaborator, the vocalist/producer/body percussionist/'human beatboxer' extraordinaire that is MaJiKer (Matthew Ker!). Expect to immerse yourselves in the wonderful world of the voice, influenced by genres from classical to folk, electronica to pop, with theatrical ideas and improvisation thrown into the mix.