Opus 1 - Britten Sinfonia

Opus 1

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 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. This year’s Programme Directors will be Raymond Yiu and Dani Howard.

Our eight chosen composers will take part in two workshops to develop their piece with a mixed-instrument ensemble. We recognise that every composer has had access to different experiences, and will work at their own pace. Workshop 1 will be an opportunity for you to meet the musicians, and bring ideas and sketches (or something more fully formed, if you prefer) to try out. By Workshop 2, we would like to see and hear how your ideas are developing into a complete piece.

You will be invited to write for one of the following unconducted instrumentations

Ensemble 1 – Harp, Flute and Viola
Ensemble 2 – Percussion (1 player, instrumentation to include marimba), French Horn and Violin

and the players will spend a day rehearsing and recording the eight new pieces at the end of the scheme. Where possible, we will work with the same players across the project (subject to availability). All pieces will be unconducted.

After the recording day, you will have the chance to evaluate the process and your piece with the Programme Directors. Programme directors will be announced when applications open.

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).

How to apply

The selection process for Opus 1 2022 has now been completed. Keep an eye on our social media for announcements of future schemes in 2023.

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