Adopt a Music Creator pairings 2022

Since it began in 2000, the Adopt a Composer project has inspired over 120 hugely diverse works and performances by music creators and leisure-time groups. Last year Adopt a Composer became Adopt a Music Creator, broadening the scope of the project, with more opportunities for music creators and music groups to take part. 

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 2022 pairings

Edgar Divver and Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy Flute Ensemble (mentored by Jenni Pinnock)

Edgar Divver is an award-winning composer and educator who has had works performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, BBC Singers, Psappha and The Ossian Ensemble, among others. He studied at the University of Birmingham and Royal Northern College of Music. He balances his freelance composing and instrumental teaching career with working for the Hallé in Manchester as part of their Youth Ensembles team. edgardivver.com

An award-winning group of amateur flute players, the Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy Flute Ensemble meet regularly on Monday evenings during term-time. They play a full repertoire of music from classical favourites to jazz and pop, and perform regularly at a variety of events, as well as tours to Europe. Established in 2006 by Liz Childs, this group is intended for all enthusiastic flautists of Grade 3 standard and above. The group uses the full range of flutes - piccolo to contra bass. bedfordshireflutes.org

Joshua Brown and Glasgow Orchestral Society (mentored by Ailie Robertson)

Joshua Brown completed his PhD in composition with Professor Philip Grange at the University of Manchester. From 2019-2020, he was Artist in Residence at the John Rylands Research Institute, and a London Philharmonic Orchestra Young Composer. His music often explores a dichotomy of precision processes alongside elements of chance, and embraces the unique qualities individual musicians bring to a piece of music, so that each composition feels like a premiere every time it is played. joshuabrowncomposer.com

Glasgow Orchestral Society plays a wide range of music from the classical era to the present day, including new works and choral works with local choirs. They are non-auditioning, rehearse on Monday evenings and enjoy making music to the highest standards, having as much fun as possible! Unusually, they have different conductors for each of their four concerts, each bringing their own personality and distinctive style to their music making. Glasgow Orchestral Society celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2020-21. Now, they celebrate every opportunity to play together. gos.org.uk

Emily Peasgood and Oxted Band (mentored by Colin Riley)

Emily Peasgood is an award-winning composer and artist. She creates research-led and site-specific artworks for galleries and outdoor public spaces, ranging from large-scale community events to intimate sound installations. Her work invites people to connect with people and places that are forgotten, overlooked or surrounded in histories that can be remembered and celebrated through sound. emilypeasgood.com

Oxted Band is an amateur brass band based in the Surrey town of Oxted, where they have made music since 1901. The band is made up of a friendly group of amateur musicians who come from all walks of life, but are drawn together by a common interest in playing music - for enjoyment, to improve themselves and to entertain those who listen. The band meets weekly to rehearse a variety of music to be performed at a range of events, including their own concerts, local fetes and parties, and community events around Christmas and Remembrance Sunday. oxtedband.co.uk

Dominic Matthews and Singing for Pleasure (mentored by Jenni Pinnock)

Dominic Matthews is an experimental composer, guitarist and conductor. His music explores new ways to define the concept of colour in music, delving into distinct, different and often peculiar timbres and textures. In addition, he is excited by multi-disciplinary collaboration, fusing different musical genres and artistic practices to create unique, often primal and visceral soundscapes. dominicmatthewsmusic.com

Singing for Pleasure started in January 2011 under the auspices of Warwick District University of the Third Age, but is now independent. The choir sing in a variety of styles - folk, popular, classical - and enjoy sharing their music with others. They have sung in a number of places across the UK and France, and have performed with other choirs while raising several thousand pounds for local charities. singing-for-pleasure.co.uk

Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones and Voices of Exmoor (mentored by Lynne Plowman)

Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones is a composer, vocalist, songwriter and audio producer. Her work spans Scandinavian folk music, alternative pop music, sound art and audio documentary. Recent projects include a new commission for Love Music and Freedom of Mind Community Choir, a residency with Oxford Contemporary Music exploring moving, site-specific performance, and a collaborative songwriting project - ‘Missed Connections’ - with songs based on Craigslist classifieds. hannahfredsgaardjones.com

Voices of Exmoor is a mixed voice community choir and is open to all - regardless of ability, experience or ability to read music, with no auditions required. Members just need enthusiasm and to enjoy singing with others, spreading their love of music to all. The choir normally presents two main concerts each year - one in the summer and one before Christmas, but has also enjoyed singing at weddings and other celebrations. After covering concert costs, the choir makes a donation to their chosen charity for that year. Over the 16 years Voices of Exmoor have been singing together, thousands of pounds have been donated to many local charities. voicesofexmoor.org.uk 

Collaborate pathway: Caitlin Harrison, Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra and Reading Youth Orchestra (mentored by Fraser Trainer)

Caitlin Harrison’s works have been performed by ensembles including the Kreutzer Quartet, Oxford Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Trio Atem and Exeter College Choir (Oxford). She was shortlisted for the NCEM Young Composers Competition 2020, Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra’s Emerging Composers Competition 2020 and the Henfrey Composition Prize 2021. Caitlin studied composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the University of Oxford. facebook.com/caitlinharrisoncomposer

Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra is a non-professional orchestra based in Reading, Berkshire. Working on a project basis (rather than weekly rehearsals), APO's musicians present two or three formal concerts per year, plus a variety of workshops, events and performances at festivals. They try to be adventurous with repertoire, programming a wide range of styles from a variety of periods and composers, as well as presenting lesser-known works alongside popular classics. They especially love performing music by living composers and have commissioned nearly five hours of new music from young composers and award winners over the last 15 years. In 2021, APO was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Inspiration Award. aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk

Reading Youth Orchestra is a small, friendly community of young musicians based in Reading, Berkshire. One of the oldest youth orchestras in the UK, they are proud to continue a long history of providing local students with a place to play great music in a supportive environment every Friday night. readingyouthorchestra.co.uk

Meet the mentors

Colin Riley
Colin’s music blends new technologies, improvisation, songwriting and large-scale classical form. His latest works include In Place (Melanie Pappenheim), Rock Paper Scissors (Ensemble Bash), Earth Voices (Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra) and his new album Isolated Pieces (a ‘virtual orchestra’ of 27 contributors).  He is currently creating a large-scale audio-visual work for BBCNOW. A disc of his chamber music was recently released on NMC. He also runs his own label and writes a regular blog called Riley Notes. colinriley.co.uk

Ailie Robertson
Ailie is a multi-award-winning Scottish composer who has been commissioned by the BBC Proms, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bang on a Can, Cappella Nova, Exaudi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra amongst others. She is currently composer-in-residence with Sound Festival and Glyndebourne Opera. She was winner of the ‘Achievement in New Music’ prize at the Scottish Awards for New Music. ailierobertson.com

Fraser Trainer
Fraser teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has 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, collaborative projects in a wide variety of contexts and regularly trains musicians and teachers. frasertrainer.com

Jenni Pinnock
Jenni’s music blends quirky time signatures, soaring melodies and classical forms. Her works frequently focus on science and nature and are regularly performed worldwide. She frequently collaborates with creative practitioners throughout the arts alongside delivering composition projects in multiple settings. Recent works include installation Deception Island (Story Machine) and an Elinor Wylie song cycle. jennipinnock.com

Lynne Plowman
Lynne Plowman’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 amongst 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

Find out more about our 2020/21 pairings, who have continued to work on their projects throughout the pandemic.

Adopt projects

2000-2020
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