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 vocal ensembles. Now entering 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 will be shared with the National Youth Choir and NYCGB Fellowship octet, allowing 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 will be led by NYCGB Artistic Director and OUP and Edition Peters composer Ben Parry, and there will be 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.)

    We will provide 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 will significantly raise awareness of young composers and their work through publicity and profiling. Each composer will be awarded a personal Innovation Fund of £500 to undertake their own creative initiatives.

    The four composers selected for the 2019/20 scheme will meet for their first programme session in January 2020. Sessions will take place throughout the year and will be bookended by VIP showcase events in January 2020 and January 2021. 

    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 and PRS Foundation's The Open Fund for Organisations.