adopt a composer

The joys of Adopting a Composer

Making Music’s Adopt a Composer scheme started in 2000, and since then there have been around ninety pairings. First performed in May this year, Hive Minds, a collaboration between composer Seán Doherty and the Kensington Symphony Orchestra, was one of the most recent.

Adopt a Composer

The composer has the opportunity to get to know a performing group and write a piece especially for them to première, while the group has the chance to contribute to the creation of a new work by some of the UK’s most promising composers. Pieces that are composed are usually around ten minutes long (as a very rough approximation) and are usually written to work around your existing repertoire and schedule. 

Jubilate rehearsal - 6 weeks to go!

After a spring spent mostly researching, composing and tweaking arrangements, it is now just 6 weeks until the premiere of my song-cycle for the Jubilate Ladies Choir, so last night I ventured once more up to Pinner to visit a rehearsal and see how the ladies were getting on with the songs.

Seeds of an Idea

At Rochester Bridge my train slices through the November mist, which hangs heavily over the melancholy Medway beneath. Today, as autumn fades to a blur, I make my second visit to Doncaster and the Quirky Choir.