Your Turn Collective Help Musicians UK commission

Alex Noble

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What is this commission for? 

The piece is for the Festival of St. Cecilia, Help Musicians’ annual flagship event which will take place on 17 November 2021 at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. The event, now in its 75th year, is a moment for musicians and music lovers to celebrate the value music brings to our lives, while raising money for the charity, now in its 100th year.

What music are we looking for? 

Almost every culture embraces music of announcement, fanfare, or celebration – short, impactful, and declarative music to herald the start of something new or disruptive. In this instance, we are looking for a short piece (approx. 2 mins) for a small brass group that will celebrate the value of music.

Who can apply? 

We welcome applications from UK-based music-creators from backgrounds underrepresented in classical music, with an original and exciting voice – an approach which defines Your Turn Collective’s mission. We want to hear from music creators of any genre who might not have had an opportunity like this before and may not even regard themselves as ‘composers’, as well as from established composers with previous experience of writing for brass.

Is this a paid commission? 

Of course. The commission fee for the piece will be £2,000, with up to £2,500 in further expenses available to help you develop your ideas, cover rehearsal times, etc.

How can I apply?  

You can apply from now until 5pm on Thursday 2 September. We accept written, audio or video responses. To make an application we’ll ask you to tell us a bit about yourself as a music creator, the idea for the commission and the resources you’d need to realise your vision.

About Your Turn Collective 

Your Turn Collective aims to empower music creators from under-represented backgrounds to realise their creative vision and connect them with classical music organisations who will enable them to produce that vision on their terms.

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