Composing For – call for 2018/19 Schemes
During 2018-19 Psappha will be running four “Composing For…” schemes: two solo schemes – for harp and bassoon; a duo scheme for piano and percussion; and a solo scheme for Eastern European folk instruments (composers will have the opportunity to choose an instrument from the options listed below once the scheme is underway). The closing date for applications is 25 August 2018.
The schemes will support and develop 24 emerging composers who are interested in learning more about writing for the instruments included in the programme.
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 five years (please see eligibility section below for further detail). We encourage applications from music creators who work in different genres and we are particularly keen to attract applications from candidates that reflect the diverse society in England and the UK.
Aim of the project
The aim of the project is to give the selected composers direct contact with our highly experienced harpist (Lauren Scott), bassoonist (Ben Hudson), clarinettist (Dov Goldberg – playing an Eastern European folk instrument), and our pianist and percussionist (Benjamin Powell and Tim Williams).
The instrument options for the Eastern European folk scheme are: Turkish sol klarnet; Greek klarino; Armenian klarnet; Hungarian tarogato; Moldavian kaval; Carpathian tilinka; Armenian duduk; Turkish zurna; Serbian frula; and Russian dudki. Composers on this scheme will select one instrument from this list during the course of the scheme.
Please note that composers on the Eastern European folk scheme will be required to research the traditions from which their instrument comes, and to write a work that responds to those traditions and their compositional limitations. This opportunity would suit composers who are interested in exploring a folk tradition. Composers who would like to focus on exploring extended techniques and advanced compositional ideas would be more suited to our other schemes (ie harp, bassoon, piano/percussion duo).
Each composer will be supported to write a new, five-minute piece for one of: harp; bassoon (not contrabassoon); Eastern European folk instrument; piano and percussion duo.
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 HERE to watch the films we have created through our previous “Composing for…” schemes).
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 2018 and May 2019. 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 in Manchester – 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. Composers can attend this session using Facetime / Skype etc for this session if needs be, 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 six weeks 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. Please note that this is a workshop recording day where the pieces will be recorded and filmed in sections during the workshop; it is not a performance day.
Session dates will be shared with successful applicants and participants will be asked to confirm their availability at the time when an offer to take part is made.
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 five 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 five years. Nor is it open to composers who have completed previous “Composing For…” schemes within the last two years (composers from our 2014, 2015 and 2016 schemes for clarinet, cello, violin and cimbalom are eligible to apply). MA and PhD students are eligible. We encourage applications from music creators from different musical genres and we seek 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 24 August 2018. The deadline is 5.30pm. Late applications will not be considered.
The following information should be included within your application:
- your name.
- the scheme or schemes you are applying for (at the top of your application please). If you are applying for the Eastern European folk music scheme you do not need to specify the instrument at this stage (there will be the chance to explore the instruments within the scheme first).
- 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 please 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 five 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.
Please state clearly at the start of your application which scheme or schemes you would like to be considered for.
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 expect this to support your travel costs and other expenses associated with the scheme.
Psappha is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner. For more information about the PRSF and the support that it provides for music creators visit their website HERE.