2 October 2020

Autumn Young Composers: Online Course

Our Young Composers scheme consists of termly composition workshops, in which you will be guided and given tuition in writing for a classical ensemble, and hear your compositions tried out by the musicians.

The scheme is FREE and will end in a final showcase of your works-in-progress or final pieces where they will be recorded, edited and sent out to you to keep.

This is an exciting opportunity that will look great on further education applications and will be of particular benefit if you are building a portfolio of work for School or university

Due to COVID-19 our in person session are not able to take place but this just means we have moved our course online.

This Autumn our Young Composers course will offer online sessions, where students will learn about composing for Brass trio working with professional composer Richard Barnard. The sessions will be a mix of group work and then individual time to work on their own composition. Each student will compose a new original piece for Brass Trio or Quartet and share their final composition with other members of the group in a final online presentation.

Age: 14-18 years old

Requirements: Students will need to be able to read music, have manuscript paper and have access to a keyboard/piano and/or other instrument. Minimum grade 3 or above on any instrument.

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Day 1

13:00-14:00 Group Welcome and introduction session

14:15-15:30 Individual work on compositions

16:00-17:00 Group session

Email draft scores to workshop leader for feedback

Day 2

13:00-14:00 Group session

14:15-15:30 Individual work on compositions (+ 1 to 1 sessions)

16:00-17:00 Group session

Email draft scores to workshop leader for feedback

Day 3

13:00-14:00 Group session

14:15-15:30 Individual work on compositions (+ 1 to 1 sessions)

16:00-17:00 Group session

Email draft scores to workshop leader for feedback

Day 4

13:00-14:30 Group session with play throughs/feedback

14:45-15:30 Final touches on composition

16:00-17:00 Final group play through of compositions

About the Composer

Richard Barnard is a British composer. He has been commissioned by Welsh National Opera, Clare Hammond, Opera North, CBSO, Bath Festival, National Dance Company Wales, Operasonic and others. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed nationally and internationally by musicians including Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Mark Padmore, Morgan Szymanski, Juice Vocal Ensemble, BBC Singers, WNO Orchestra and soprano Elizabeth Karani, with whom he works as Barnard & Karani.

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