This talent development opportunity is intended as a potential ‘first step on the ladder’ for aspiring composers who have not recently been selected for other composition schemes, and from which they will gain workshop experience and a high quality recording of their work. Opus 1 is aimed at composers of any age, background and composing experience. Those composers selected will have a keen interest in composition, may be currently studying or have studied music in the past at some level, and will be looking for a chance to further develop their skills in a supportive environment.
Our eight chosen composers will take part in two workshops with a mixed-instrument quartet, guided by either Dobrinka or Joe and the players. We recognise that every composer has had access to different experiences, and may work at a different pace. Workshop 1 will be an opportunity for you to bring ideas and sketches (or something more fully formed, if you prefer), and by Workshop 2, we would like to see and hear how your ideas are developing into a complete piece.
There will be the opportunity for a 1:1 guidance session with Joe or Dobrinka before you submit your finished score. They will help you identify edits and revisions before the submission date.
You will be invited to write for one of the following instrumentations:
Quartet 1 – Violin, Viola, Clarinet, Bassoon
Quartet 2 – Violin, Cello, Flute, Oboe
and the players will spend a day rehearsing and recording the eight new pieces at the end of the scheme.
We do not want funding to be a barrier to participation, and we recognise that the selected composers will commit time to this development opportunity. Composers who are selected for Opus 1 will be offered a bursary of £300 as a contribution towards core travel costs and associated expenses (Exceptional circumstances will be taken into account and additional financial assistance may be offered at the organisation’s discretion).