After 6 successful years of developing new compositional voices in our OPUS composition competition, exciting changes are happening in 2021. Introducing our two new schemes:
Opus 1 and Magnum Opus
Opus 1 will continue the work of OPUS, fostering talented composers whose voices aren’t being heard elsewhere, and is open to applicants of any age and experience.
The composers will work with a small ensemble of Britten Sinfonia musicians to develop a 3-5 minute work, with the guidance of established composers and will receive a high-quality recording of their completed piece.
Opus 1 will give composers two opportunities to develop new ideas and workshop their piece with the ensemble and composer mentors before it is recorded at the end of the process.
Magnum Opus offers a year-long professional development opportunity to pre- or early-career composers, allowing them to work with members of the orchestra and wider organisation in a holistic way over a season of Britten Sinfonia’s work.
Our new ‘Associate Composers’ will compose for small ensembles, developing three significant compositions across the year, and will receive mentoring from Britten Sinfonia staff across a range of other disciplines including marketing, fundraising, and programming, as well as advice and guidance on their work from our composer mentors. Their year with the ensemble will culminate in a world premiere performance in one of Britten Sinfonia’s regular venues.
Information about how to apply will be released soon.