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Six emerging composers chosen for Next Wave 2 higher education programme

The UK’s national charity for new music, Sound and Music, has teamed up with Sage Gateshead and award-winning record label NMC Recordings for Next Wave 2 – a unique programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education.

Following an application period earlier in 2017, six talented young composers have been selected to take part in this artist development programme: Alex Hall, Emma Wilde, Jack Sheen, Joanna Ward, Peter Wilson, and Robin Haigh.

Responding to an identified need to support composers as they transition from education settings into professional music careers, the Next Wave programme offers these 6 emerging composers bespoke support over a year.

They will each develop new works for small ensembles of Royal Northern Sinfonia musicians with one of three highly acclaimed solo artists: Quinta, Loré Lixenberg and Luke Carver Goss.

In extended workshops at Sage Gateshead, the composers will work collaboratively with the Royal Northern Sinfonia musicians and soloists. They will explore and push the boundaries of their own work as well as the multifaceted sound worlds of their professional collaborators.

Throughout the Next Wave 2 programme they will receive mentoring support from experienced composers to help with the development of their works.

Their new compositions will be recorded at dedicated sessions and released on NMC Recordings as a digital download album that will be launched at a live showcase event at Sage Gateshead in January 2018.

Thorben Dittes, Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia and Classical Programme at Sage Gateshead, said: “We are all very excited at the prospect of working in partnership with Sound and Music on their national project Next Wave. This programme is the only one of its kind in the UK, and offers a fantastic opportunity for young composers, which dovetails perfectly with Sage Gateshead’s strand of artist development work.

“I am particularly pleased that the composers will be able to develop their skills working with chamber-sized groups of musicians from within Royal Northern Sinfonia, as creating new work for chamber ensembles and chamber orchestra is a key focus.

“We already look forward to the project culmination in a live showcase event at Sage Gateshead in January 2018, as part of our New Year New Artists festival.”

The composers

Alex Hall
An undergraduate in composition studies with Paul Whitmarsh at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His main interests are writing music for theatre, poetry in music, and depictions of mathematics and science in music.

Emma Wilde
A PhD student at the University of Manchester whose area of research includes looking at how Greek Tragedy can be used to structure a musical work and exploring how instruments can take on dramatic roles like characters in a play.

Jack Sheen
An Artist Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama who also co-directs and curates ddmmyy, a concert/event series dedicated to commissioning and contextualising experimental music, installation and performance.

Joanna Ward
A Cambridge University undergraduate from Newcastle, who has an intense appreciation of pop music along with the music of the avant garde, electronic music, and minimalism.

Peter Wilson
An undergraduate at The Royal College of Music whose recent works are unified by themes of birdsong, physicality, and decay.

Robin Haigh
A master’s student at the Royal Academy of Music who is particularly interested in dramatic music and writing for early music performers.

Read Sound and Music’s Q+A with the composers here

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The Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation

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