The Composer Hub aims to support talented young composers aged 11-18 from the East of England. We strive to develop their creative, technical and stylistic skills through a programme of tailored compositional briefs, mentoring from renowned professionals, rehearsals, recordings and public performance opportunities. Each year the Hub is led by a different professional composer, who mentors the students and attends two days of each of the orchestral projects.
The scheme launched in 2017 with four students who were mentored by composer Tom Coult. The current group is mentored by Edmund Finnis and they attend 2 days of each project, roughly 10 days in total across the year. We aim to fully integrate the composers with the main orchestra so they join us for the introduction weekend, take part in warm ups and group activities, sit in on rehearsals and rehearse some of their sketches with the group as their music progresses.
Each project has a compositional brief, which this year has included