Adopt a Music Creator pairings 2023

The Adopt a Music Creator project, formerly known as Adopt a Composer project, has inspired over 120 wide breadths of works and performances by music creators and leisure-time music groups since its beginning in 2000.

The collaborative project is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music, the national organisation for new music, and funded by the PRS Foundation and Philip and Dorothy Green Trust.

Adopt a Music Creator matches leisure-time choirs, bands, orchestras and ensembles with a music creator for a year, leading to a premiere performance, recording and radio broadcast. Meet this year's pairings and find out who has taken part in the past.

Adopt a Music Creator 2023 pairings

Peter Falconer and Band of the Surrey Yeomanry (mentored by Fraser Trainer)

Dr Peter Falconer is a sound artist, composer and parafictionalist. His work frequently combines music, sound design, narration, historical research and sonic journalism to tell stories about both our own and possible alternative realities. He is also a voiceover artist and plays the Northumbrian smallpipes. peterfalconer.co.uk

Band of the Surrey Yeomanry is a 30 to 40 piece concert band (also known as a wind band, or military band). The range of a concert band is very broad and can include music from all periods from the classical to the modern popular. Typically, programmes include selections from shows (anything from Rodgers & Hart to Andrew Lloyd Webber), dance band music (Glenn Miller to Jerry Herman), waltzes (a bit of Strauss, perhaps) and modern pieces written specifically for concert bands.surreyyeomanry.com

Joshua Kaye and Orchestra of the City (mentored by Fraser Trainer)

Joshua Kaye’s work centres around the voice and for the stage. He completed an MA in composition at Trinity Laban under Edward Jessen, Deirdre Gribbin, Errollyn Wallen and Laura Bowler. At Trinity, he received the silver medal and worked with the Hermes Experiment, the Smith Quartet, the Riot Ensemble and the Trinity Symphony Orchestra. He also attended the Dartington Advanced Composition course under Nico Muhly. joshkayecomposer.co.uk

The Orchestra of the City aims to break down barriers between the orchestra and audience as well as innovative programming. The regularly perform in London and further afield, recently working with soloists ranging from established international figures such as Alexandra Dariescu, Guy Johnston, Josef Spacek, Benjamin Grosvenor to some of the most exciting young musicians of today at the beginning of their careers. orchestraofthecity.com

Anselm McDonnell and Northern Ireland Concert Band (mentored by Seán Doherty)

Anselm McDonell has written over eighty works for a variety of ensembles and regularly works with artists from other disciplines. His music has been performed in Estonia, Hungary, Thailand, North America, Canada, Finland, Japan, Russia and across Europe. He also performs on the classical and electric guitar. anselmguitar.co.uk

Northern Ireland Concert Band’s players come from all walks of life and is made up of over 40 musicians in wind, brass and percussion. The band took part in its first tour at a music festival in Torrevieja, Spain, in 2015. NICB has won the Northern Ireland Bands’ Association Championship contest in 2017 and 2019. The band enjoys playing all musical genres to give audiences a concert experience they won’t forget. nicb.org.uk

Collaborate Pathway – Robin Fiedler, Camden Brass Band and Regent Brass Band (mentored by Jenni Pinnock)

Robin Fiedler, a graduate of Middlesex University London, can look back on performances with the acclaimed London Firebird Orchestra and Allegri String Quartet. Other highlights include her Junior Residency with the London Bel Canto Festival 2018 and Cheltenham Composer Academy 2022. Robin studies composition with James Francis Brown and her music has been performed in the UK, US and Europe. robinclaremusic.com

Camden Brass Band was launched by the Camden Music Service as part of a partnership project with Brass Bands England. The band meet weekly to rehearse their programme of popular music and can be seen performing regularly in the local community. With players in Years 6 to 9, it bridges the transition between primary and secondary school, building on instrumental learning in WCET (whole class ensemble tuition). bbe.org.uk/band/camden-brass-band

Regent Brass Band was founded in 1985 by a collective of young brass musicians in Brent. Since then, the band has gone from strength to strength, and formed sister band Regent Community Band in 2012. The band has recently relocated and currently rehearses in the Chalk Farm Salvation Army Hall. Regent Brass recently performed in the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands. Regularly performing contemporary music including several world premieres, the band also plays from the traditional brass band repertoire. facebook.com/regentbrasslondon

Collaborate Pathway – Georgina MacDonell Finlayson, Shenstone Roses and Shenstone Singers (mentored by Lynne Plowman)

Georgina MacDonell Finlayson, a violinist, fiddle player, composer and community arts practitioner with an interest in collaborative, cross-genre and multidisciplinary performances. Often inspired by folk music, nature, landscape and the climate crisis, her work explores everything from contemporary classical and electroacoustic music to original folk composition and arrangement, and creating and performing music and sound design for live theatre. georginamacdonellfinlayson.com

Shenstone Roses were formed in 2018 and are a small upper voices ensemble of 12 singers. They perform a wide repertoire, including popular and show tunes, gospel and folk, jazz and classical. shenstonemusic.mymusicstaff.com

Shenstone Singers is a small group for those who want to sing without worrying about harmonies and learning songs for performances. While they have provided entertainment in the community on occasion, the main purpose is to make the singers feel good at the end of a meeting, while also looking after their voices. They sing folk, gospel, popular and show songs. shenstonemusic.mymusicstaff.com/Shenstone-Singers

Fraz Ireland and Blackheath Choir (mentored by Colin Riley)

Fraz Ireland is a composer, performer and conceptual artist whose work explores a provocative and playful relationship with its audience. Often incorporating text, graphic and video elements, their work can sometimes be found lurking in the corridors between liminal spaces. Fraz engages with well-established traditions, including—but not limited to—dining, digging and destroying…  frazdotcom.com

The Blackheath Choir aims to do exciting repertoire while fostering a friendly and inclusive experience for members. Alongside established choral favourites, they explore lesser-known works, contemporary composers, and premiere new commissions. They also participate in workshops and competitions, sings carols for charity at Christmas, and hold social events. blackheathchoir.org.uk 

Meet the mentors

Colin Riley
Colin’s music blends new technologies, improvisation, songwriting and large-scale classical form. His latest works include a multimedia orchestral suite Hearing Places (BBCNOW), a video-EP Masts, Tunnel and Trees (Louise McMonagle), Earth Voices (Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra) and his recent collaborative album Isolated Pieces. A disc of his chamber music Shenanigans was recently released on NMC. He has music coming out in 2023 on albums from Nic Pendelbury, Matthew Schellhorn and Steve Bingham respectively. He also runs his own label and writes a regular blog called Riley Notes. colinriley.co.uk

Fraser Trainer
Fraser is a composer, teacher and workshop leader with five London Sinfonietta commissions to his name and has also written for groups including the BBC 
Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Fraser leads many creative and collaborative projects in a wide variety of contexts and regularly trains musicians and teachers both in the UK and abroad. frasertrainer.com

Jenni Pinnock
Jenni’s music combines quirky time signatures, soaring melodies and classical forms. Her works focus on science and nature, and are regularly performed worldwide. She frequently collaborates with creative practitioners across the arts alongside delivering projects in multiple settings. Recent works include touring installation Deception Island (Story Machine) and Snapshots (collection of standalone musical theatre pieces). jennipinnock.com

Lynne Plowman
Lynne’s compositions range from delicate instrumental solos to dramatic large-scale vocal, theatrical and orchestral works. Commissioners and collaborators include the Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne and the Royal Shakespeare Company among others. Lynne is a composition tutor and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and resident composer for the Dyfed Young Composers scheme in West Wales. She is Chair of the ISCM Welsh section and an Ivors Academy Senator. lynneplowman.co.uk

Seán Doherty
Seán is a composer, performer and musicologist. He was introduced to music through the Irish fiddle tradition of his hometown of Derry. He read music at St John’s College, Cambridge, after which he completed a PhD at Trinity College, Dublin. He is an assistant professor of music at Dublin City University. His compositions are frequently commissioned, performed and broadcast both nationally and internationally. seandohertymusic.com

Adopt projects

2000-2022
Composers Groups
2022  
Edgar Divver Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy Flute Ensemble
Joshua Brown Glasgow Orchestral Society
Emily Peasgood Oxted Band
Dominic Matthews Singing for Pleasure
Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones Voices of Exmoor
Rob Jones Edge Chamber Choir
Caitlin Harrison (Collaborate pathway) Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra, Reading Youth Orchestra

 

Composers Groups
2020/21   
Litha Efthymiou Bury St Edmunds Concert Band
Florence Anna Maunders Fulham Brass Band
Fergus Hall Hepton Singers
Charlotte Marlow Newcastle-under-Lyme Community Orchestra
Lucy Callen The Phoenix Voices
Ben Lunn (Collaborate pathway) Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra, Ugie Voices
Eloise Gynn (CoDI project) Côr Meibion Mynwy (Monmouth Male Voice Choir)

 

Composers Groups
2019/20   
Claire Victoria Roberts Camden Symphony Orchestra
Laura Shipsey City of Bristol Brass Band
Alex Paxton Haslingfield Choir
Carmel Smickersgill Junior Leeds College of Music Ensemble Creative
Jonathan Brigg Sussex Folk Orchestra
Rob Jones Edge Chamber Choir
Aileen Sweeney (Scottish project) Helensburgh Oratorio Choir
   
Composers Groups
2018/19   
Chloe Knibbs Ex Urbe
James Banner Two Rivers Concert Band
Laura Snowden Chandos Chamber Choir
Nathan James Dearden Swansea Philharmonic Choir
Nicholas Olsen Da Capo Alba
Robert Laidlow Southampton Concert Wind Band
   
2017/18  
Anna Appleby

Merchant Sinfonia

Ben See Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
Edmund Hunt The Singers
Esmeralda Conde Ruiz The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra
Max Charles Davies Côr Crymych a'r Cylch
Peter Yarde Martin Bellfolk Handbell Ringers
Gaynor Barradell (Scottish project) Edinburgh Concert Band
   

2016/17

 

Adriano Adewale Horsham Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Schlechte-Bond KEMS Concert Band
Mark Boden Croydon Bach Choir
Martin Humphries London Medical Orchestra
Rosie Clements Spectrum Singers
Shona Mackay Glasgow School of Art Choir
Aran Browning (Scottish project) Strathendrick Singers
   
2015/16  
Ed Scolding La Nova Singers
Neil Tòmas Smith Thame Chamber Choir and TCC2
Angela Slater Lincoln Ukelele Band
Lee Westwood East London Community Band
Alison Willis Chiltern Youth Chamber Orchestra
Chris Hutchings Jan Modelski Community Orchestra
   
2014/15  
Ailie Robertson Jubilate Ladies Choir
Anna Braithwaite Quirky Choir
Kirsty Devaney Arden Recorder Orchestra
Mark Carroll Strathaven Choral Society
Sean Doherty Kensington Symphony Orchestra
Michael Betteridge Cobweb Orchestra
   
2013/14  
Kim Moore Bristol Reggae Orchestra
Mak Murtic Clapham Community Choir
Michael Betteridge Cobweb Orchestra
Jenni Pinnock Quangle Wangle Choir
Chris Roe Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
   
2012/13  
Amble Skuse Ty Cerdd partnership
Soosan Lolavar Tudor Orchestra
James Wilson Southwark Youth Orchestra
Stephanie Conner Rennaisance Singers
Sarah Lewis Bristol Saxophone Ensemble
Rebecca Dale Music for Everyone
   
2011/12  
Ella Jarman-Pinto Kew Wind Orchestra 
William Dougherty  The London Chorus 
Bernard Hughes Woking Symphony Orchestra 
Ruta Vitkauskaite Flautissimo
Duncan MacLeod  Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society 
Lauren Redhead Grimsby Philharmonic Society 
   
2010/11  
Aaron Parker Harmonie Concert Band
Andrew Hall  Essex Symphony Orchestra
Chris Swithinbank King Edward Music Society
Emily Crossland Strathclyde University Chamber Choir
Jessica Curry Musarc
Neil Luck BT Melodians
   
2009/10  
Paul Fretwell St. Albans Rehearsal Orchestra
Nick Chamberlain Glasgow Lyric Choir
George Holloway Finchley Chamber Orchestra & Finchley Chamber Choir
Simon Katan Sans Pareil Singers
Richard Bullen Midlands Fretted Orchestra
Nina Whiteman Colinton Amateur Orchestral Society
   
2007/08  
Adam Melvin Yorkshire Saxophone Choir
Amber Priestley St. Hilda’s Festival Chorus 
Margaret Haley  Aire Valley Singers
Elizabeth Winters  Kensington Chamber Orchestra
Graham Ross The Knack Singers
Christopher Hussey Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble
   
2006/07  
Richard Glover Solway Harps
Jordan Hunt Midlands Fretted Orchestra
Fumiko Miyachi Lichfield Sinfonia
Claudia Molitor City of Southampton Orchestra
Robert Percy Lewisham Choral Society
Philip Venables South London Jazz Orchestra
   
2005/06  
Anthony Bailey Milton Keynes Chorale
James McWilliam Ipswich Choral Society
Ben Oliver Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir
Charlie Piper Lambeth Orchestra
Martin Suckling New Edinburgh Orchestra
Jerry Wigens Hampton Singers
   
2004/05  
Will May Islington Choral Society
Philip Tebbs Hardynge Choir
Simon Lesley North Staffs Symphony Orchestra
Yumi Hara Cawkwell Chantage
Owen Bourne Fulham Symphony Orchestra
Chris Long City of Birmingham Choir
   
2003/04  
John Reeman Todmorden Orchestra 
Edmund Jolliffe Kensington Chamber Orchestra  
Ed Bennett The Sheffield Chamber Orchestra
Anna Meredith MilnGavie Young Singers
Jonathan Girling Glebe Singers   
Mark Bowden Thames Voyces  
   
2002/03  
Tazul Tajuddin Hertford Symphony Orchestra
Sophie Viney London Oriana Choir
Jonathan Pitkin St. Albans High School Chamber Orchestra
Nicholas Simpson Sale Choral Society
Chris Beardsley Settle Orchestral Society
Liz Johnson Bournville Children’s Choir
   
2001/02  
Nick Brown The Phoenix Singers of Shrewsbury 
Tarik O’Regan Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers  
Tim Coker Finchley Chamber Choir
Arlene Sierra Aolian Singers  
Naomi Waltham-Smith Lea Singers
Christine McCombe University of Strathclyde Music Society 
   
2000/01  
Iain Matheson Meadows Chamber Orchestra
Rachel Leach Leicester Symphony Orchestra
Graham Sheen Westmorland Youth Orchestra
Tom Ingoldsby the EMG Orchestra