Apply for the Adopt a Composer project

Making Music and Sound and Music have partnered to offer emerging composers the opportunity to collaborate and produce a new piece of music.

Successful applicants will be paired with amateur choirs, bands, orchestras or ensembles for 12 months.

The composers’ music will be given a premiere performance, a recording and the possibility of being broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 17 June. Please visit to apply.

Composers will retain all the rights to the score and will be mentored by Colin Riley, David Horne, Fraser Trainer, Jenni Pinnock and Emily Crossland.

Fees for the composer and mentoring composer, plus all expenses related to the placement, will be covered by the project.

Travel expenses for visits to London will be paid for by Making Music and Sound and Music.

The project is funded by PRS Foundation, Philip and Dorothy Green Trust and Creative Scotland.

Mark Boden was paired with Croydon Back Choir for the 2016/2017 project. He says: ‘This opportunity was thoroughly worth applying for and I felt supported at every level from the staff at Making Music, Sound and Music, PRS, my mentor and the ensemble I worked with. It has been incredibly rewarding and humbling to have such considerate and caring musicians around me throughout the process and I will be whole-heartedly encouraging my own students to apply in future.’

Adriano Adewale, paired with Horsham Symphony Orchestra 2016/2017 added: ‘It has been a real journey of discoveries where I have learnt new and fundamental things which will support me throughout my career. – Adriano Adewale, paired with Horsham Symphony Orchestra 2016/17.’