The Young Composers Scheme supports composers in the early stages of their career, who are committed to developing as professional composers and who have a passion for creating high-quality, imaginative new music for vocal ensembles. 


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 Grant to augment or develop creative approaches or initiatives;
  • Enhanced professional networks and contacts beyond your membership of the Programme;
  • Free licenses and training in Dorico Pro notation software by Programme Innovation Grant Sponsors (Technology Partner), Steinberg Media Technologies;
  • A piece of music published and promoted by Innovation Grant Sponsors (Publishing Partner), Stainer & Bell;
  • Specialist workshops with Stainer & Bell, including a joint workshop with Steinberg Media Technologies on notation (preparing scores for publication), and further workshops on publishing, royalties, copyright and useful resources.

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 Grant 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. Click to see draft 2021 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 2021, ‘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 NYCGB Fellowship. However, you may also be inspired by the opportunity to write for our younger Girls’, Boys’ 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 one of our Choirs / Programmes (NYCGB Fellowship, National Youth Choir, National Youth Boys’ Choir, National Youth Girls’ Choir or National Youth Training Choir) to be recorded by the end of the programme. 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. Some of these new works will be performed at our annual Showcase Event and our concerts in 2022. Each of the Young Composers will have one work chosen by Stainer and Bell to be published in 2022.


WHAT IS THE 2021 PROGRAMME SCHEDULE?

Click to download the Young Composer Scheme draft programme schedule for 2021.

NYCGB Young Composers Scheme Funders & Supporters:

Programme Digital Partner: NMC Recordings

Programme Innovation Grant Sponsors:

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

           

Supported by Principal New Music Sponsor & Programme Innovation Grant Sponsors (Technology Partner) Steinberg Media Technologies, Programme Innovation Grant Sponsors (Publishing Partner) Stainer & Bell, RVW Trust, The Finzi Trust, Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust, The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, Britten Pears Arts and PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations.