The year-long Adopt a Music Creator project matches vocal and instrumental music groups from the vibrant leisure-time music scene with some of the UK’s most promising composers, culminating in a première performance and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. This unique scheme challenges both music groups and composers to work together to create a brand new piece of music.
For more information for our current programme and new applications, please visit Adopt a Music Creator.
We are delighted to announce the Adopt a Music Creator pairings for 2023 below:
Paired with Band of the Surrey Yeomanry
Dr Peter Falconer is a sound artist, composer and parafictionalist originally from Hartlepool, UK. His work frequently combines music, sound design, narration, historical research and sonic journalism to tell stories about both our own and possible alternative realities. He is also a voiceover artist, plays the Northumbrian smallpipes, and doesn't normally refer to himself in the third person.
A graduate of Middlesex University London, Robin Fiedler can look back on performances with the acclaimed London Firebird Orchestra and Allegri String Quartet. Other highlights include her Junior Residency with the London Bel Canto Festival 2018 and Cheltenham Composer Academy 2022. Robin studies composition with James Francis Brown and her music has been performed in the UK, US and Europe.
Georgina MacDonell Finlayson is a Scottish violinist, fiddle player, composer and community arts practitioner, with a particular interest in collaborative, cross-genre and multidisciplinary performances. Often inspired by folk music, nature, landscape and the climate crisis, her creative work explores everything from contemporary classical and electroacoustic music, to original folk composition and arrangement, and creating and performing music and sound design for live theatre.
Paired with Blackheath Choir
Fraz Ireland is a composer, performer, and conceptual artist whose work explores a provocative and playful relationship with its audience. Often incorporating text, graphic, and video elements, their work can sometimes be found lurking in the corridors between liminal spaces. Fraz engages with well-established traditions, including—but not limited to—dining, digging, and destroying…
Paired with Orchestra of the City
Josh Kaye is a London based composer whose work centres around writing for the voice and for the stage. Most recently, he has completed a master’s in composition at Trinity Laban, under Edward Jessen, Deirdre Gribbin, Errollyn Wallen and Laura Bowler. At Trinity, he received the silver medal and worked with the Hermes Experiment, the Smith Quartet, the Riot Ensemble and the Trinity Symphony Orchestra. In addition to this, he attended the Dartington Advanced Composition course under Nico Muhly.
Paired with Scottish Chamber Choir
Kevin Leomo is a Scottish-Filipino composer of experimental music. His practice involves exploring collaboration, improvisation, silence, fragility, perception, and liminality. Kevin runs Sound Thought, a Glasgow-based collective of sound artists, plays in the ambient duo Dronehopper, and is currently a Boom Fellow with Oxford Contemporary Music. He recently completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow, where he teaches.
Paired with Northern Ireland Concert Band
Anselm McDonnell is an Irish/Welsh composer based in Belfast. He has written over seventy works for a variety of ensembles and regularly works with artists from other disciplines. His music has been performed in Thailand, North America, Canada, Finland, Japan, Russia, and across Europe. He also performs on the classical and electric guitar.
McDonnell has written for ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, RSNO, Crash Ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, BBC Singers, Ulster Orchestra, 1st Old Boy’s Brass Band, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. His debut album Light of Shore was released on 8th October 2021, supported by Moving On Music and ACNI.