13 July 2018

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB), are today announcing a brand new Young Composers Scheme, supported by Digital Partner NMC Recordings. Applications are open now via www.nycgb.org.uk/young-composers

The scheme aims to draw applications from talented young composers and songwriters aged 18-25 working in the widest range of styles and with the widest range of techniques, including those creating digitally. There is no requirement to hold a Music GCSE or A-Level. Candidates must submit a portfolio demonstrating their skill at creating music for ensemble voices, and explain their desire to create imaginative new music for ensemble voices as part of the scheme.
The four composers selected for the 2018-19 edition of the scheme following shortlisting and workshop interviews will receive a mixed programme of residencies, retreats, professional mentoring and guidance. Most residencies will be on National Youth Choir courses, giving the composers unrivalled opportunities to develop their music in partnership with their peers.

Mentoring will be led by NYCGB Artistic Director Ben Parry with support from Anna Meredith, whose major new work ‘Five Telegrams’ receives its premiere at the First Night of the Proms tonight, performed by the National Youth Choir, the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo.

NYCGB and NMC Recordings will provide extensive technical input, career guidance and profile enhancement, and composers will also be awarded individual Innovation Funds to undertake their own initiatives. Works completed on the 2018-19 programme will be performed in concert by the National Youth Choir in Summer 2019, and at a VIP showcase event in January 2020. Composers will also get the opportunity to have their works recorded by the National Youth Choir for release on NMC Recordings.

NYCGB Artistic Director Ben Parry said: I’m thrilled that the Young Composers Scheme is taking flight. As a choral composer myself I know just how important it is to learn from mentors and one’s peers. This is going to provide a brilliant opportunity for young composers at a crucial stage in their careers.

NMC Recordings Chief Executive Anne Rushton said: “We are delighted to be partnering in this innovative and exciting scheme which will generate a wide range of new work.  We look forward to working with the young composers and to promoting their music to audiences worldwide.”

Find out more about the NYCGB Young Composers Scheme