Youth Music Scheme 2021-22

Psappha Youth Music Composer Support scheme:

We know that there are young music creators who – for different reasons – face barriers to gaining high-quality composer development opportunities. With support from Youth Music, Psappha has created a scheme to support four such composers.

Who can apply?

Participants must be aged between 18 and 25 (as a condition of Youth Music’s support*) who have not participated in a previous Youth Music Scheme. All will face a barrier or barriers to accessing composer support. We don’t want to put limits around what those barriers might be; we know that applicants will be better placed than us to judge this from their own  circumstances and experience. But examples of barriers might include neurodivergence (for example autism, dyslexia, epilepsy, Asperger’s), and barriers relating to physical and mental disabilities and/or health conditions.

* applicants must be aged between 18 and 25 on 1st September 2021.

How will the scheme work?

The scheme will provide a flexible, adaptable environment where the focus is on process and support. There will be plenty of time between sessions, giving participants time to work on their material in between times (the scheme will run over a period of seven months – September 2021 to April 2022).

Each of the selected composers will work with Psappha’s cellist (Jennifer Langridge) and percussionist/Artistic Director (Tim Williams) through a series of personalised, individual sessions. The scheme also includes additional sessions at the beginning and end of the scheme where each composer will spend one-to-one time with our Artistic Director.

The scheme takes place in Manchester and we would encourage you to attend the sessions in person, however we understand that some people might prefer to attend the sessions remotely. We are very happy to accommodate this preference and have a system in place that provides CD quality audio and high quality film.

The pattern of the session will be as follows:

Session 1 (20 September 2021) – this session will include a 30-minute one-to-one session with Psappha’s Artistic Director, Tim Williams, to talk through the scheme and discuss any questions or concerns. For each composer this will be followed by a 40-minute session with Jennifer Langridge (cello) and  Tim Williams (percussion). This will be an opportunity to discuss what each composer is aiming to get from the scheme and to test out some initial ideas.

Session 2 (November 2021)each composer will have a 40-minute session with Jennifer and Tim to continue to work on musical ideas and material.

Session 3  (January 2022) – each composer will have a 40-minute session with Jennifer and Ben to continue to workshop musical ideas and material.

Session 4 (March 2022) – each composer will have a 40-minute session with Jennifer and Tim. This session might be a play-through of the material created through the scheme. Or it could be a chance to continue working on material. There is no requirement to produce a finished piece. This session will be followed by a closing 30-minute session for each composer with our Artistic Director. This will be a debriefing session where composers can provide feedback on how the scheme has worked for them.

Bursary support:

Each composer will receive a bursary of £325 to support the costs associated with taking part.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please email with a simple expression of interest. We will then get back in touch to put in place arrangement for you to apply. The application format will be flexible, with the option to apply by video as an alternative to written application, and we will offer the option of a telephone or email conversation to support the application process. The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 27th August 2021 at 5pm.

As Psappha is a contemporary classical ensemble, contemporary classical music will be the main musical focus of the scheme, but we are experienced in cross-genre working and we encourage applications from music-creators working in other genres. We also seek to attract applications from candidates that reflect the diverse society in England and the UK.