The NYCGB Young Composers Scheme is a new initiative created by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain with Digital Partner NMC Recordings which aims to annually identify and develop four talented composers aged 18-25 who are passionate about creating high quality, imaginative new music for vocal ensembles.
Running over a full year, it offers a diverse programme of residential courses and retreats, workshops, peer and professional mentoring and performance showcases and outlets.
Residential courses will be shared with the National Youth Choir and NYCGB Fellowship octet, allowing composers exceptional opportunities to collaborate with outstanding young singers of their own age. Professional mentoring will be led by NYCGB Artistic Director and Peters Edition composer Ben Parry, with guest mentors Benji Merrison and Anna Meredith.
Wide-reaching showcase opportunities will be offered for works completed during the programme, including concert performances and a professional recording and release on NMC Recordings. NYCGB and NMC Recordings will significantly raise awareness of composers and their work through publicity and profiling. Composers will be awarded a personal Innovation Fund of £500 to undertake their own creative initiatives.
The NYCGB Young Composer Scheme is generously supported by The Garrick Charitable Trust, The Leche Trust and the Lord and Lady Lurgan Charitable Trust.
The four composers selected for the scheme are:
From left to right: Lillie Harris, Shruthi Rajasekar, Joanna Ward, Harry Baker