Faber Music to support ten young composers with bursaries to attend our 2021 Summer School

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Today, we are extremely pleased to announce a new partnership with Faber Music, who will be supporting ten young composers and music creators, who face socioeconomic barriers, with bursaries to attend this year’s Summer School

Financial support from Faber Music has enabled the creation of ten Faber Music Bursaries, each of which will cover the full costs of a place for a young person who faces a barrier to taking part because of their family’s financial circumstances.

Both Sound and Music and Faber Music are committed to ensuring that young people from all backgrounds have more opportunities to learn composition and develop their skills, and these bursaries will support us in achieving this goal.

Now in its 13th year, the Sound and Music Summer School is the only annual, residential course of its kind in the UK for young composers and music creators aged 14-18.

Each year 75 young people participate in a unique week working alongside professional composers and musicians, allowing them to explore new areas of musical creation, from composing for moving image to writing for the voice. Alumni have gone on to study at the country’s best conservatoires and received prestigious commissions, such as Lillie Harris and Ben Corrigan.

Applications open for the 2021 Summer School on Jan 12th.

Find out more about the Summer School and how to apply here: https://soundandmusic.org/learn/summer-school/

Sam Wigglesworth, Director of Performance Music said: “Faber Music is proud to be supporting Sound and Music in its vital work of inspiring and enabling young people to create new music. The brilliant Summer School is the foremost scheme of its kind in the UK, and our bursaries will ensure that this year it is more accessible than ever before.”

Judith Robinson, Head of Education at Sound and Music said: “The Sound and Music Summer School is a unique, creative and nurturing place where young composers and music creators come together to pursue their love of creativity. It is essential that anyone with the talent and commitment should be able to attend the week, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, so I am delighted that Faber Music is supporting young people’s music-making in this way. In these days of reduced budgets for music education, rising unemployment and increasing social inequalities, it is more important than ever that the next generation of composers and music creators are given the opportunity to develop their compositional skills, confidence and musical voices.”

Richard King, CEO of Faber Music added: “From the pioneering Waterman/Harewood piano tutors in the late 60s and our long-standing relationship with Paul Harris, to recent projects with Lang Lang and others, music education has always been a driving force for the company. We care deeply that barriers to development for young composers and musicians are removed and the Faber Music Bursaries will play a significant part in doing this. They are the first stage of a broader strategy which aims to improve diversity and accessibility across the sector.”

For more information, please contact: fundraising@soundandmusic.org

About Faber Music

Faber Music is one of the leading independent British publishers of classical, contemporary, Film & TV, pop and printed music, enjoying a reputation as one of the most influential publishers of serious contemporary classical music in the world.

Built upon repertory works by Arnold, Britten, Holst and Vaughan Williams, Faber Music’s performance catalogue comprises a distinguished list of composers that includes Thomas Adès, George Benjamin, Jonathan Harvey, Anders Hillborg and Oliver Knussen. Several generations of internationally recognised composers are featured: from Peter Sculthorpe and Nicholas Maw to Colin Matthews and David Matthews; from Julian Anderson and Tansy Davies to Francisco Coll, Tom Coult and Martin Suckling.

Find out more at: https://www.fabermusic.com/

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