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Part foundation course, part professional development module, the ANIMATE Composer Programme is designed to create new opportunities for young composers in the UK music scene.

The UK has always been at the forefront of electronic music, an evolving incubator for new sounds and new scenes. From jungle and Drum’N’Bass, to trip-hop, grime, house, techno and synth pop (to name but a few), generations of music makers have pushed British music forwards, many starting out from the confinement of their own bedrooms. 

Due to this unique musical history, the UK is home to many young musicians who have been inspired to explore their creative appetites through digital software and electronic hardware; but this drive and ambition for music making rarely leads to one day doing so for orchestras and other large ensembles – whether for commissions from across industries such as film, TV and gaming – or simply for personal satisfaction.

A common challenge for a lot of young composers is learning how to translate their ideas into concepts that can be interpreted by experienced players and then applied to a range of instrumentation. To help support diverse talent develop their skills and build bridges into new modes of expression, NYJO will host this new initiative in collaboration with the Orpheus Trust.

Your goal might be to enter music college, a conservatoire and/or the professional world straight away. You could be an avid music producer, composer or arranger just looking to expand your musical horizons. As long as you have a passion to work with live instrumentation, then we want to hear from you!

Designed to support two age groups (16-18, 18-25) the programme includes:

  • Fortnightly 1-1 lessons with individual tutors
  • Masterclasses with our pool of experienced pros
  • Professionally recorded material for each candidates’ showreels

We’d love to get an idea about you; your ideas; your influences; and why you think you’d benefit from this experience, so make sure you take the time to highlight your goals and passions as a musician. We are accepting supporting material in both recorded and/or notated form, so feel free to include whatever you think best highlights your creative vision.

Deadline for applications is 31 Aug 2021.

Good luck!

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