Britten Sinfonia Academy Composer Hub

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5 February 2018

The Composer Hub is a new Britten Sinfonia scheme which aims to support talented young composers aged 11-18 from the East of England. We strive to develop their creative, technical and stylistic skills through a programme of tailored compositional briefs, mentoring from renowned professionals, rehearsals, recordings and public performance opportunities. Each year the Hub is led by a different professional composer, who mentors the students and attends one day of each of the orchestral projects.

The scheme launched in 2017 with four students who were mentored by composer Tom Coult. They attend 1-2 days of each project, roughly 8 days in total across the year, and we aim to fully integrate the composers with the main orchestra. Each project has a compositional brief, which this year has included writing a piece for chamber ensemble to be inspired by and performed at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, producing new orchestral arrangements of famous keyboard works, working with electronics in a live composition collaboration with music technology students from Anglia Ruskin University, and writing a piece for the full orchestra to be performed and professionally recorded by a sound engineer.

Applications are now open with a closing date of Monday 5 February 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to an informal half-hour interview in March, with a panel of professional composers and a member of Britten Sinfonia. They will be asked to bring two contrasting examples of their work and accompanying programme notes to discuss with the panel.

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