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 WILL I DO ON THE SCHEME?

If selected, you must be available for all scheduled scheme activities. These will include individual and group workshops and mentoring sessions, individual residential retreats, and shared residential courses with the National Youth Choir. There will also be scheduled showcase events, and concert performances of your completed works.

For an idea of the commitment, click below to see the 2018-19 programme outline:

2018-19 PROGRAMME

WHAT DOES IT COST?

This 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 scheme.

ARE THERE CREATIVE GUIDELINES?

We aim to 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 the year will provide a thematic framework and starting point for ideas and inspiration. The specialist backgrounds and expertise of the scheme mentors will also inspire and influence you. Finally, you will meet human creative influences in the singers who you will be writing for in the first instance – the National Youth Choir, National Youth Chamber Choir, and the NYCGB Fellowship octet. Learning how to write effectively for these different groups will be at the heart of the scheme.

HOW MANY WORKS MUST I COMPLETE ON THE SCHEME?

We hope that composers will complete at least one piece for the National Youth Choir, National Youth Chamber Choir or NYCGB Fellowship octet to perform and record by the end of the scheme (August). However, this is not mandatory, 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 August, 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 performing ensembles at the start of the course.

WHEN WILL MY WORKS BE PERFORMED?

As long as your work is completed in time (see above), we will premiere it at the National Youth Choir's Summer concert. This is usually a high-profile event at a venue like Snape Maltings. We will consider future performances of the work in subsequent years, which may include international performances on National Youth Choir tours, which are held every three to four years.

HOW WILL THE RECORDINGS BE RELEASED?

Recordings of works completed on the scheme will be released by award-winning label and charity NMC Recordings in digital format (download/streaming). Your work will benefit from NMC’s expertise in the field of new music, with dedicated promotion to press and radio, along with international distribution covering 141 territories. Your recorded output will join a catalogue featuring established composers such as Harrison Birtwistle and Judith Weir, along with rising talent from the British Isles.