NYCGB Young Composers Scheme opens for applications

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) have opened the Young Composers Scheme for the second year running, and is now inviting composers aged between 18 and 29 to apply.

The scheme is run in partnership with NMC Recordings and offers four talented composers a fully funded year-long programme to support them in the early stages of their careers.

The programme includes mentoring, residential courses, workshops, performance showcases and opportunities to write for NYCGB’s choirs.

The scheme is designed to support diversity in new choral music by attracting applications from young people with diverse musical and cultural backgrounds.

Successful applicants will receive professional mentoring from NYCGB artistic director Ban Parry, in addition to expert advice from acclaimed composers including Errollyn Wallen, John Rutter and Roxanna Panufnik.

Applications to the Young Composers Scheme are open until Friday 30 August. To apply please visit

The scheme is open to candidates who are over 18 as of 1 September 2019, and under 30 on 31 August 2020.

Shortlisted candidates must be available for workshops and interviews in London Friday 14 September.

Applicants shouldn’t be in full-time education for the duration of the programme.

Ben Parry, artistic director, NYCBG, says: ‘There is currently no other scheme in the UK that specifically supports young choral composers to develop their craft and unique style of writing for massed voices and youth choirs. Following a massively successful first year, we’re now looking forward to working with the next group of talented composers, to take their music to exciting new levels.’

Anne Rushton, executive director, NMC Recordings, adds: ‘The priorities in NMC’s programme to 2021 are artistic development, under-represented areas of the catalogue and partnership projects and our collaboration with NYCGB perfectly demonstrates all three aspects of our ambition … Our aspiration for year two is that we encourage composers from a large and diverse range of musical styles and backgrounds to engage with the joy of writing for voices.’