Next Wave 2
Higher Education Commissioning Project

Next Wave 2 NMC Recordings has teamed up with Sound and Music and Sage Gateshead for Next Wave – a unique programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education.

This is the only programme of its kind in the country. It addresses the identified gap in support for talented young composers about to embark on a professional career, and it was first delivered in partnership between Sound and Music and NMC Recordings as a pilot project in 2014. (More info here)

Following an application period earlier in 2017 6 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.

The Next Wave 2 programme offers these 6 emerging composers bespoke support over a year. This will involve developing works for chamber-sized groups of musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia – the only full time chamber orchestra in the UK, as well as 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 recording sessions and released internationally by NMC as a digital download album. This will be launched at a live showcase event at the Sage 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.”


Eleanor Wilson, General Manager of NMC Recordings, said:

“One of the most rewarding outcomes of being partners in the Next Wave pilot project in 2014 has been to follow the continued development and accomplishments of all the composers involved, and we are delighted to be giving more talented composers this valuable experience and mentoring at the start of their career, plus an international platform for their work on our label.”


Find out more about the six selected composers by following the links on your right. Visit Sound and Music's website for in-depth interviews with each of the composers. 


In partnership with:


Sound and Music logo   Sage Gateshead    RNS


Funded by:

The Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation