The NYCGB Young Composer Scheme offers a uniquely varied and creative environment in which to develop your music, enhanced profile and exposure for you as a composer, and exceptional live and digital showcases for completed works.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING PART? 

  • A sustained and varied creative environment in which to develop your work and try out new things without pressure;
  • The opportunity to develop alongside three other composers of your age, and to learn from each other’s experiences and backgrounds;
  • The opportunity to workshop pieces with outstanding young singers of your age, and receive guidance and input from top professional mentors;
  • Audience and platforms for you and your music through live performance, and an international release of your music on NMC Recordings;
  • Extensive publicity and profile for your creative journey whilst on the scheme, including dedicated pages on NYCGB and NMC Recordings’ websites, and running exposure for your creative journey on the scheme through blog posts, video features and social media.
  • Personal £500 Innovation Fund to augment or develop creative approaches or initiatives;
  • Enhanced professional networks and contacts beyond your membership of the Programme.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO TAKE PART?

The NYCGB Young Composer Scheme is a free training programme, with all expenses paid. Each composer will also receive a personal Innovation Fund of £500 which they may use to fund creative endeavours linked to their work on the training programme.


WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?

If selected, you must be available for all scheduled programme activities. Please see below for the 2019/20 schedule.


WILL THERE BE CREATIVE GUIDELINES?

The NYCGB Young Composer Scheme will offer as much creative freedom as possible. We want composers to experiment, and to be free to reject ideas as well as take them forward. 

NYCGB’s artistic theme for 2019/20, ‘Cultural Identity’, will provide a thematic framework and starting point for ideas and inspiration, although you will be free to develop your own ideas. The specialist backgrounds and expertise of your mentors will also inspire and influence you.

Finally, you will meet human creative parameters in the shape of the singers for whom you will write. This is expected to include composition for the National Youth Choir and the NYCGB Fellowship octet. However, you may also be inspired by the opportunity to write for our younger Junior and Training Choirs. Learning how to write effectively for potentially very different groups will be at the heart of the scheme.


HOW MANY WORKS MUST I COMPLETE BY THE END OF THE PROGRAMME AND WHEN WILL THEY BE PERFORMED?

We hope that student composers will have completed at least one piece for the National Youth Choir, Chamber Choir or Fellowship Octet to perform and record by the end of the programme, most likely at the end of the summer residency. However, this is not a mandatory requirement, and we expect there will be occasions when composers decide their work is not complete to their satisfaction and that the process will be deemed as ‘work in progress’. Some composers may be stimulated to complete more than one piece for recording and/or performance, and this, too, is welcomed, although performances of further pieces by the choirs cannot be guaranteed. 

If you want a work recorded in September 2020, you will need to have completed performance-ready scores (or other performance reference material appropriate to your work) in time for these to be proofed, printed and distributed to the conductor and choir prior to the recording session.


WHAT IS THE 2019/20 PROGRAMME SCHEDULE?

The 2019/20 programme will run in four phases.

Download the draft schedule.