Are you a young person aged 13-19 interested in composing, sound production and making your own music? 

Following on from the success of our first ever series of Masterclasses in 2020, in 2021 we ran a brand new series of free, virtual New Music Labs with a twist! Each of these interactive lab sessions were created with and delivered by young people.

With their help, we brought together some of the most exciting professional composers, music creators and producers to share their experiences and expertise with you. Curated to cover a wide range of approaches to composing, session topics include: production and recording from home; classical composition; creating music for video content and YouTube; making music with Ableton Live; and even how young people can collaborate to make a musical!  

Even though the events have passed, you can still watch the recordings below. We hope you enjoy them!


Home Production and Recording

Monday 19 July
With Carlos Eiene and Safi

This session will help you tap into the world of the American/Filipino multi-instrumentalist and online content creator Carlos Eiene, who produces jazz arrangements of video game music for his YouTube channel insaneintherainmusic.

The Q&A, led by Safiwill demystify the process of home production and recording, as well as open up conversations around working in the world of online composition and how to make it out there.

Watch the recording of this session


Creating Musical Drama

Tuesday 20 July
With Kate Whitley and Prince

Composer and pianist Kate Whitley is currently working with a group of young people to produce ‘The Endz, an upcoming musical drama exploring gang violence.

In conversation with Prince and several other young composers involved in the project, Kate will elaborate on the process of gathering ideas from young people, inspiring them to compose and workshopping lyrics, offering a behind-the-scenes look at this topical musical drama. 

Watch the recording of this session


Ableton Live Introduction

Wednesday 21 July
With Mel Uye-Parker and Haydar

This session will provide a general overview of music production software Ableton Live, offering a close-up look at some features of the software.

In collaboration with young glitch producer Haydar, music-maker and educator Mel Uye-Parker will process some of Haydar’s samples and works-in-progress on Ableton Live, providing a quick but fascinating introduction into music production with this industry-standard software.

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Compositional Workshop

Thursday 22 July
With Judith Weir and Maddie

This session will be a live workshop of three pieces composed by three young composers who attended the 2020 Sound and Music Summer School.

The session will bring these young voices of composition together with Judith Weir, one of the leading composers in the UK today, as they listen to their music and discuss the composition process live.

Watch the recording of this session


Music Production for Video

Friday 23 July
With MeloZed and Sam

This session will help you learn the basics of how to approach music production for video content with upcoming young musician and producer MeloZed. Covering the process from start to finish, we will look at a snippet of a video and discover how MeloZed produces music for it. Young composer Sam will ask questions about the creative process, right through from research and making soundtracks to the final piece.

Watch the recording of this session


Rewatch our 2020 Masterclasses

As part of our Digital Summer School in 2020, we recorded our first-ever week of virtual classes led by some of the most exciting professional composers, artists, producers and creators in the UK.

Explore the series to learn from live coding and computer music expert Lizzie Wilson, artist and director Mella Faye, electronic composer Caro C, interdisciplinary pianist David Austin Grey, hip-hop producer Sami Baha and jazz saxophonist & bandleader Shabaka Hutchings.

Read more and watch our masterclasses from 2020

Looking for more opportunities to make your own music?

In the Making is our annual trailblazing artist development programme for young people aged 14-18. It is the only programme of its type in the UK that supports young music creators and composers.

In the Making supports anyone interested in working with music and sound through a diverse range of opportunities. These include our annual week-long residential Composition School, online skills sessions, bespoke creative composing tasks and networking opportunities.

Learn more about In the Making