JAM launches Britten-linked mentorship programme

JAM logoJAM has launched Writing for Voices, a new mentorship scheme aimed at supporting the next generation of composers and librettists.

In addition to JAM’s annual call for compositions that we wrote about earlier this week, the funding body has also opened a call for submissions linked to the Britten in Oxford year-long celebrations marking 100 years since the birth of iconic British composer Benjamin Britten.

Every work submitted will be assessed by the JAM Panel which includes Judith Bingham, Nicholas Cleobury, Eric Crees, Michael Emery, Timothy Jackson, Robert Jones and Sarah MacDonald.

Of the composers who submit, six will be invited to take part in the Writing for Voices five month mentorship scheme. They will be tutored by some of the finest in their respective fields.

Each composer will be paired with a ‘wordsmith’ and, as a creative unit, they will be paired with a choir. In a three-way collaboration, one piece will be created by each unit and performed by their choir in a public concert in Oxford in next May.

Tutors will include Nicholas Cleobury, Judith Bingham, Giles Swayne, Ruth Padel and David Harsent, who will oversee the forming of each collaboration, guiding each piece through its gestation period, polishing and preparing it and the choirs, for a recorded, concert performance.

Anyone of any age or stage may submit music to JAM provided they are born, living or studying in the UK. Submissions are to be written for choir, brass quintet and organ, or any combination of these forces.

A maximum time limit of 10 minutes per piece is stipulated. There is no minimum limit.

To be considered for Writing for Voices, composers must submit scores to JAM by 23 November via its Call for Music. In December, works will be chosen for performance with JAM.

The first Writing for Voices tutor weekend will be in mid-January.

Please go to www.jamconcert.org for further information about both projects and to check the submission requirements.

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