Open Fund: Philharmonia Orchestra
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The Philharmonia Orchestra Composers’ Academy is a training programme which will see three British composers at the start of their careers engage in a season-long programme under the mentorship of celebrated composer Unsuk Chin, Artistic Director of the Philharmonia’s contemporary music series Music of Today. Past alumni include Mark Simpson, Tom Coult and Christian Mason. The composers will be commissioned to write a 10-minute work, performed by a Philharmonia ensemble at Royal Festival Hall as part of the Orchestra’s flagship 23 year-old Music of Today series.
Instrumental masterclasses, workshops, mentoring and tutorials will provide a framework to enable the composers to produce the very best new music they possibly can, performed to a public audience, recorded and subsequently promoted.
Produced in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society, the Composers’ Academy is open to composers who are studying, or who have studied, at any Conservatoire or University in the UK, within a maximum of 8 years of completing an undergraduate or Master’s degree. The Academy experience includes:
- Workshops: developing new compositional ideas with a larger ensemble; using acoustic concepts to inform dynamics; seminars with conductors who work in contemporary classical music; seminars covering access to music publishers and record labels.
- Instrumental Masterclasses: in-depth guidance on contemporary writing styles; writing for specific instruments.
- Meetings, Mentoring and Training: guidance throughout from Philharmonia players, plus training with the Orchestra’s leadership team to develop their understanding of the broader business behind orchestral music-making.
- One-to-one and group tutorials, and professional networking opportunities.