Call for composers - Masterclass with Ben Goldscheider

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Composers’ Workshop: Writing for Horn

Thursday 4 February 5pm-7pm

Call for composers

sound is a new music incubator based in North East Scotland, initially set up to give local audiences access to new music. It is now renowned in and beyond Scotland for producing and promoting high-quality work, for its support to composers of all generations and for attracting new audiences through its varied programming and inclusive nature.

sound’s objectives are to:

  • Increase access to new music and build audiences
  • Encourage excellence and experimentation
  • Nurture talent

We achieve these through a variety of activities including an annual festival, year-round collaborative events and learning and engagement activities, many in partnership with a range of local, national and sometimes international arts organisations.

The second part of the annual Composers’ Workshop takes place on Thursday 4 February on Zoom. The composing theme is writing for endangered instrument the French horn.

This session will consist of a talk led by leading composer Tansy Davies and a masterclass of solo pieces by an instrumentalist. The aim of the workshop is to give composers an insight into writing for the French horn as well as developing more general compositional ideas.

The renowned French horn player Ben Goldscheider will be joining us to lead a masterclass and he will select new pieces to workshop as part of this session. We are inviting composers to submit repertoire for this element.

Please note that we are committed to working with and supporting composers with additional support needs. Composers from under-represented groups and especially composers with disability are encouraged to apply.


  • Your piece must be for solo horn
  • Your piece should be no longer than five minutes long
  • You can write something new, or send in an unperformed work from your existing repertoire

Please see our website for more information and how to apply:

This opportunity is part of our soundcreators programme, which focuses on nurturing creative talent. soundcreators is funded by Creative Scotland, Help Musicians UK and the PRS for Music Foundation as well as by the Foyle Foundation, the Hugh Fraser Foundation and Aberdeen City Council.

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