adopt a composer

The launch day and The Lincoln Ukekele Band

Hello everyone - I am Angela Slater one of the Adopted Composers for this years Adopt Composer Scheme 2015-2016.

Adopt a Composer scheme

Applications are now open for the 2018/19 Adopt a Composer project.

'Shame, Shame, He Dies for His Country'

As a newcomer to Strathaven (I’ve lived here for only thirty two of my years) I’ve never failed to be impressed by the effort and creativity the townsfolk apply to the annual Gala week, and in particular to their contributions to the Gala Parade which always takes place on the second Saturday in June.

The final rehearsal!...

We had an excellent rehearsal on Sunday. Kirsty Devaney and her mentor Colin Riley came along and made some really constructive comments which pulled the piece together. Kirsty has written a truly original, imaginative piece.

Reflections on 'Against the Clock'

'To think it’s only been seven days' muses a handsome, yet disheveled, man on a 1971 public information film having exited what looks like a bunker.

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.