NYCGB Young Composer Scheme 2019/20

The NYCGB Young Composers Scheme is an annual initiative which identifies and develops four talented composers aged 18-29 who are passionate about creating high quality, imaginative new music for voices. Now in its second year, the scheme aims to challenge perceptions of, and support the development, innovation and diversity of new choral music. Running over a whole year, it offers a four-phase programme of residential courses, workshops, peer and professional mentoring and performance showcases and outlets. 

Most residential courses are shared with the National Youth Choir and NYCGB Fellowship, allowing the composers an exceptional opportunity to work in partnership with and have their music brought to life by two outstanding ensembles of young singers of their own age. Professional mentoring opportunities are led by NYCGB Artistic Director and published composer Ben Parry, and there is expert advice and tuition from distinguished composers such as Errollyn Wallen, John Rutter, Roxanna Panufnik and others, to be confirmed. (Guest mentors in 2019 included Anna Meredith, Alexandra Harwood, Jonathan Dove and Eleanor Alberga.)

The scheme provides exceptional showcase opportunities for works completed during the programme, including a VIP showcase event at The Royal Albert Hall in London and a professional recording and release for their work on NMC Recordings. NYCGB and NMC Recordings significantly raise awareness of young composers and their work through publicity and profiling. Each composer is awarded a personal Innovation Fund of £500 to undertake their own creative initiatives. Young Composers also take part in an annual retreat at The Red House, Aldeburgh, home to composer Benjamin Britten. Sessions take place throughout the year and are bookended by VIP showcase events at the Royal Albert Hall in January 2020 and January 2021.

A unique package of benefits is available to the composers through our two Innovation Grant Sponsors. Steinberg, who provide award-winning music and media production products for musicians and music producers, offer free licenses and training for their Dorico Pro notation software. Stainer & Bell, respected UK independent music publisher with a catalogue representing the highest achievements of British composers from the sixteenth century to the present day, provide a range of benefits to the scheme including publishing and promoting our composers’ new work and delivering a series of specialist workshops on areas such as publishing, royalties, copyright and other useful resources.

NYCGB Young Composer Scheme 2019/20 – Booking has now closed please check back for news of 2020/21 scheme

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Programme Digital Partner: NMC Recordings


Programme Innovation Grant Sponsors:

Steinberg Media Technologies (Technology Partner) and Stainer & Bell (Publishing Partner)


Supported by The Garrick Charitable Trust, RVW Trust, The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust,  Britten Pears Arts, and PRS Foundation's The Open Fund for Organisations.