Development opportunity for emerging Scotland-based composers

Grace Bailey

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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.

Our 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.

Con Anima is a chamber choir based in Aberdeen. Since its formation in 1995, Con Anima has performed and developed an extensive, highly-varied and critically-acclaimed programme of new music.

Opportunity description

This development opportunity for Scottish-based composers is a collaboration between sound and Con Anima.

Three to four composers will have the opportunity to develop short works for unaccompanied chamber choir working alongside Con Anima and with the guidance of composer James Weeks. The new works will be performed by Con Anima during the 2023 soundfestival.

The composers will be offered an online mentoring slot with James Weeks during the writing of their piece.

The successful candidates will be emerging composers resident in Scotland. They can be at any stage in their career, however they should be able to demonstrate a number of years of compositional experience, and be able to articulate their development needs and how the opportunity would benefit them.

Please note that we are committed to working with and supporting composers from under-represented groups. Female, trans, gender-diverse and ethnic minority composers as well as composers with a disability are encouraged to apply.

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