Opportunities for Composers

 

Composing For Piano
Applications for Psappha's Composing for Piano scheme are now open.
The scheme will support and develop 6 emerging composers who are interested in learning more about writing for piano.
This highly competitive scheme is open to UK-based music creators who have completed their first degree and/or who have left higher education within the last three years.
Aim of the project
The aim of the project is to give the selected composers direct contact with Psappha's highly experienced pianist Benjamin Powell in order to support their development. Each composer will write a piece for solo piano (with or without light preparation*) or for piano and electronics** which will be filmed and sound recorded by Psappha. The films will be hosted on Psappha's YouTube channel so they can be embedded in the composers' websites (click  HERE to watch the films we created for the Composing for Violin, Composing for Cello and Composing for Clarinet schemes). The works created through the process will also be considered for inclusion in a Psappha performance.
* All preparation must be agreed and approved in advance by Psappha.
** Electronics must be limited to a couple of speakers and a laptop (which composers will need to provide) due to the size of the space.
How will it work?
Up to six composers will be selected to work with Benjamin between X and Y. There will be three 40 minute one-to-one sessions plus a final rehearsal/recording. The timeline is as follows:
- Session 1 will take place at Psappha's Manchester base with each composer meeting with Benjamin to discuss and test out initial ideas and concepts  [date]. This will be a face to face session.
- For session 2 we are willing to experiment with remote working with Facetime, Skype etc. So, it won't be necessary to come to Manchester for this session. Composers will be required to submit ideas and manuscripts via email 2 weeks prior to the session [date].
- For session 3 we would prefer this to be another face-to face session but if this is not possible we are willing to experiment with remote working as set out above. Again, the composers are required to submit final drafts of the works two weeks prior to the session [date].
- For the final rehearsal and recording we expect all composers to be present in Manchester [date]. Composers must submit final works in hard copy four weeks prior to this session.
Who is eligible?
This is a development opportunity for music creators who have completed their first degree and/or who have left higher education within the last three years and who are at an early stage of their composing career. Music creators taking part in the scheme must be based in the UK. The scheme is not open to undergraduate students or to composers who have been establishing their post-HE careers for longer than three years. Nor is it open to composers who have worked with us on the Composing for Clarinet, Composing for Cello and Composing for Violin schemes. We encourage applications from music creators from different musical genres.
What is required from the composers?
- A genuine commitment to the project.
- To write a work that lasts a maximum of 5 minutes and to agree to participate in the sessions outlined above meeting the required deadlines.
How to apply?
There is no standard application form. Written applications should include: your name and full contact details; a concise summary of your composing experience; a link to a short example of your music (score or mp3 or ideally both); and a brief description of how you believe this opportunity would support your development (max 300 words).
Psappha is happy to offer this development opportunity to composers for free and each of the selected composers will receive a bursary of £300.
Please email your application as a single PDF document to Tim Williams: tim@psappha.com by insert deadline.
Psappha is a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development partner. Insert logo: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/prsf-talent-development-partner-logos/
PRS for Music Foundation provides funding opportunities and support for music creators. For more information about PRS for Music Foundation and the opportunities on offer click here. (link to PRSF website - http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/. )
Composing for Piano is also supported by The Mercers' Company and by The RWV Trust.

Composing For - call for 2017/18 Schemes

During 2017-18 Psappha will be running four "Composing For…" schemes: two solo schemes, for French horn and for guzheng (or Chinese zither); and two duo schemes, for violin and cello and for flute and clarinet. The closing date for applications is 1 September 2017.

The schemes will support and develop 24 emerging composers who are interested in learning more about writing for solo French horn, solo guzheng, violin and cello duo, or flute and clarinet duo.

Composing For is open to UK-based music creators who have completed their first degree or equivalent, and/or who have left higher education within the last three years (please see eligibility section below for further detail).

Aim of the project

The aim of the project is to give the selected composers direct contact with our highly experienced French horn player (Andrew Budden), guzheng player (Zi Lan Liao), violinist and cellist (Benedict Holland and Jennifer Langridge), and flautist and clarinettist (Conrad Marshall and Dov Goldberg).

Each composer will be supported to write a new piece for one of: French horn, guzheng, violin and cello duo, or flute and clarinet duo or for the instrument/s listed above plus electronics (please see electronics section below for further detail).

All works will be filmed and sound recorded by Psappha. The films will be hosted on Psappha's YouTube channel and the audio files on Psappha's SoundCloud channel so they can be embedded in the composers' websites or shared (click to watch the films we have created through our previous "Composing for…" schemes - Composing for violin, Composing for cello, Composing for piano, Composing for percussion, Composing for flute, Composing for clarinet and Composing for trombone). The works created through the process will also be considered for inclusion in a future Psappha performance.

How will it work?

Up to 24 emerging composers will be selected to work with Psappha between September 2017 and May 2018. Each composer will receive three sessions with the musician/s plus a final rehearsal/recording session. The timeline is as follows:

- Session 1 - the day will start with a group session for all the composers on your scheme (1 hr). This will be followed by individual sessions for each composer (1/2 hr each) where you will meet with your musician/s to discuss and test out initial ideas and concepts. This will take place at Psappha's Manchester base - St Michael's, Ancoats - and must be attended in person.

Following this session composers will be required to submit initial ideas and manuscripts via email two weeks prior to session 2.

- Session 2 - each composer will have an individual session (40 mins each) with their musician/s to explore the work done between sessions. We are willing to experiment with remote working with Facetime, Skype etc for this session but we strongly recommend that you attend in person if possible (we pay a modest bursary that is intended to cover travel costs etc - please see below for details). The session will take place in St Michael's, Ancoats.

Following this session composers will be required to submit final drafts of their work two weeks prior to session 3.

- Session 3 - each composer will have an individual session (40 mins each) to work through the piece and receive feedback from the musician/s ahead of the submission of the final score. Again we recommend that you attend this session in person if possible. The session will take place at St Michael's, Ancoats.

Following this session composers are required to submit final works in hard copy four weeks (or eight weeks in the case of the guzheng scheme) prior to the recording session.

- For the final filming/recording session all composers are required to be present in Manchester for the full day. The filming/recording day will take place at St Michael's, Ancoats.

Use of Electronics

For the avoidance of doubt, this is not, at heart, a composing for electronics scheme so any use of electronics should be proportionate and appropriate. Psappha will provide two PA speakers. All other electronics, mics and cabling must be provided by the composer; Psappha cannot provide technical support. Any electronics/tape parts must be provided in a format that can be used by the Psappha musician/s for practice purposes between the sessions. If you choose to include electronics please bear in mind that any set-up/de-rig time will be within your session.

Who is eligible?

This is a development opportunity for music creators who have completed their first degree or equivalent, and/or who have left higher education within the last three years and who are at an early stage of their composing career. Music creators taking part in the scheme must be based in the UK. The scheme is not open to undergraduate students or to composers who have been establishing their post-HE careers for longer than three years. Nor is it open to composers who have worked with us on previous "Composing For…" schemes. MA and PhD students are eligible. We encourage applications from music creators from different musical genres. Psappha seeks to attract applications from candidates that reflect the diverse society in England and the UK.

What is required from the composers?

- A genuine commitment to the project.

- To write a work that lasts a maximum of 5 minutes and to agree to participate in the sessions outlined above meeting the required deadlines.

How to apply?

There is no standard application form. Written applications should be sent by email as a single PDF to ComposerSchemes@psappha.com by Friday 1 September 2017. The deadline is 5.30pm. Late applications will not be considered.

The following information should be included within your application:

  • your name.
  • your full contact details (postal address, mobile phone, email address and website if applicable). Please note that we will communicate with you by email so do ensure that the email address you provide us with is correct and up to date.
  • a concise summary of your composing experience, including a note of whether you are currently studying (at what stage) or whether you have left education within the last three years (max 200 words).
  • a link to a short example of your music (score or mp3 or ideally both) - please ensure that this is not password protected.
  • a brief description of how you believe this opportunity would support your development (max 300 words).

When we receive your application we will send you an acknowledgement email and you will be prompted to complete an equal opportunities form. This will be used for monitoring purposes only and will not form part of the recruitment process for the scheme.

All applicants will automatically be considered for all Composing For schemes that are currently open. If you would only like to be considered for a particular scheme or schemes please clearly state this (and the instrument/s) at the start of your application.

Psappha is happy to offer this development opportunity to composers for free and each of the selected composers will receive a bursary of £325. We except this to support your travel costs and other expenses associated with the scheme.

Psappha is an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation and a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner.

PRS for Music Foundation provides funding opportunities and support for music creators. For more information about PRS for Music Foundation and the opportunities on offer click HERE.

We are grateful to the following for their support for the Composing For schemes:

The Garrick Charitable Foundation

 

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