Composer Emily Crossland appointed as new Adopt a Composer mentor

We're delighted to announce that composer Emily Crossland, herself an Adopt a Composer alumna, will be joining our three current mentors this year to mentor one of the seven pairings.

Emily Crossland is a composer and community musician with a passion for collaboration. Her work is often theatrical and she is particularly influenced by folk and traditional music (she is a keen Javanese gamelan player and directs ensembles in York and Leeds). Her compositions have received performances at Gaudeamus Muziekweek, National Concert Hall Dublin, Late Music York, and Hull City of Culture. She delivers education projects across the UK and spent eight years managing the Learning and Participation programme of the National Centre for Early Music. Emily is a graduate of the University of York and remains involved in academic life as a visiting lecturer at York, York St John and Leeds universities.

Emily Crossland comments:

"It's an honour to be invited to join the Adopt a Composer team. Having participated as a composer in 2010, I know how rare and special an opportunity the scheme offers to both professional and amateur musicians. I'm delighted to be returning as a mentor and am very much looking forward to giving something back to this wonderful project." 

Barbara Eifler, Making Music Chief Executive, says:

"One of the reasons this project works so well, year after year, is due to the quality and commitment of the mentors who accompany composers and groups throughout the project. It is therefore very exciting to be able to support the nurturing of a new mentor again this year. The newcomer will be guided in her first year by veteran of the project Colin Riley, and join our existing fantastic team which also includes composers David Horne, Fraser Trainer and Jenni Pinnock.

Emily’s experience with many different music groups, genres and performers will undoubtedly be enormously useful to future ‘adopted composers’ as they work with our members."

The pairings for the 2018/19 projects have now been selected and will be announced at the project launch on 22 September.