Magnum Opus - Britten Sinfonia

Magnum Opus

We’re pleased to offer a new professional development opportunity for three outstanding early career composers, who will be embedded in our activity across a season of Britten Sinfonia’s work.

We anticipate that those selected for Magnum Opus may recently have taken part in similar schemes with other ensembles, may have studied composition (or music more generally) in a higher education setting, and will have a pre-existing portfolio of compositions. We are looking to work with those who are keen to develop as not only composers, but as well-rounded creatives who will become part of the Britten Sinfonia team for the duration of their residency with us. You should be a talented creative with flair and a good sense of what it takes to make a career in your chosen field.

After an initial meeting with the Programme Directors and Britten Sinfonia staff members in September 2021, you will begin work on a series of three compositions, for completion throughout the year. Your first and second pieces (January and March 2022) will be written for and recorded by two differing small chamber ensembles, and your third piece (June 2022), for larger ensemble, will be premiered in concert at the culmination of your time with Britten Sinfonia.

As well as writing for these ensembles, you will have the chance to work with and learn from the players and wider team at Britten Sinfonia – including discussions around programming, marketing, finance, and concert management with key staff members. There will also be mentoring sessions with the Programme Directors, and access to other learning opportunities with external specialists who will help you to consider other areas of your work, including self-publishing, score editing and outreach development. When possible, you will be invited to the orchestra’s concerts and rehearsals throughout your residency.

Magnum Opus composers will receive a bursary of £2500 (in instalments throughout the season) in exchange for their commitment to the programme and the creation of their new works.

Information for applicants

Magnum Opus timeline:
19 April – Registration deadline
26 April – Application deadline
May/June – Magnum Opus interviews (via Zoom)
18 September – Magnum Opus initial meeting
January 2022 – Magnum Opus first workshop
March 2022 – Magnum Opus second workshop
June/July 2022 – Magnum Opus third workshop and performance

To be eligible for Magnum Opus you should:
– Be over 18 years old
– Plan to remain resident in the UK for the duration of the programme
– Provide two scores and recordings/realisations of your work
– Consider yourself to be actively pursuing composition as part of your career, and may have taken part in opportunities and received awards or commissions (or have other equivalent composition experience) as part of your professional development

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Information and dates specified on this page are correct at time of publication and are subject to change, where necessary. Activity that cannot take place in person due to COVID-19 guidelines will take place online wherever possible.

How to get involved

The registration and application windows for Magnum Opus have now closed for the 2021 scheme.