Skipton Camerata is inviting applications from UK composers to collaborate on its Lockdown Diaries project.
Skipton Camerata is a small professional orchestra based in Skipton, North Yorkshire. In response to the Covid-19 crisis Skipton Camerata is to commission six short pieces for narrator and small ensemble. Each piece will relate an individual’s personal experience during lockdown. These will be recorded and filmed for online broadcast later in the year, with the hope to perform them live at a later date.
The stories will be chosen from submissions by members of the public. A scriptwriter will be engaged to edit the stories before they are passed to the composers. Although the stories will be central to the new works and to the films, the music will play an equal part in the drama. The script will be spoken rather than sung, but composers will be encouraged to explore ways of integrating the spoken word with the music.
We will commission works from 6 composers. Each commission will be for a new and original work of ca 6 minutes in length scored for narrator and 7 instruments (vln, cb, cl, bsn, tpt, trb, perc).
Composers who accept the commission will have need to meet a strict schedule. Each composer will be given an unedited story on 9 September, followed by the edited script no later than 23 September. Completed commissions will be required by 14 October.
Each composer will receive a fee of £500.
Applications are open to anyone in the UK aged 18 years or older. To apply, please email email@example.com attaching your CV and two original compositions in pdf format. You may, if you wish, include links to online recordings or performances to support your application.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31 August.