Composing in Education

Severnside Composers Alliance (SCA) was formed in 2003 under the leadership of Richard Carder by composers based in the Bristol, Bath and Gloucester area to promote performances of their own music, and to stimulate a wider interest in the composition and performance of new music in the region. Dr. Jolyon Laycock was appointed as Chairman in 2011.

SCA promotes an annual concert series plus an informal programme of composer talks and educational activities. SCA is part of a national network of similar organisations in Brighton, Birmingham, Portsmouth, London, Manchester and Wales.  

• SCA is planning a programme of concerts at venues Gloucestershire between March and July 2017.
• Our visiting professional ensembles will be offering composition workshops for young composers aged between 16 and 30, including "A" level and/or GCSE school students with an interest in musical composition in contemporary classical styles.
• Over a period of 2 to 3 months, students will work on short compositions (max 3 minutes duration)
• SCA composer/members with teaching experience in this field will be on hand to offer composition guidance sessions and to help in the production of performance-ready instrumental parts.
• At the end of the project students will have an opportunity to have their work performed and recorded in a final workshop session by leading professional musicians.

Visiting ensembles in 2017:
The Rautio Piano Trio – Jane Gordon (violin) Victoria Simonsen (cello) Jan Rautio (piano)
with Gilbert Biberian (guitar) and Richard Crabtree (viola)
Public concert: Friday 24 March; St. Andrews URC, Montpelier, Cheltenham
Lead composer: Gilbert Biberian: composer & guitarist of Armenian ancestry born in Istanbul; now lives in Cheltenham. The concert programme focusses on Biberian’s Armenian musical heritage plus music by other SCA composers & the world premiere of a new piano trio by Ben Foskett.

Madeleine Mitchell (violin) Geoffrey Poole (piano)
Public concert: Sunday 21 May; Hawkwood Centre, Stroud tbc.
…One of Britain's liveliest musical forces, the indefatigably adventurous violinist, Madeleine Mitchell. Richard Morrison, the Times
Lead composer: Geoffrey Poole: highly respected composer & pianist of international reputation; formerly Professor of Music at Bristol University; now lives near Stroud.

Carducci Quartet & Gloucester Academy of Music Senior Strings
The Carducci is a quartet of outstanding international reputation based in Gloucestershire well known for its education work.
Friday 7 July (tbc): Carducci Quartet student composers workshop;
Saturday 8 July (tbc): GAM Senior strings concert with Carducci Quartet as section leaders;
Lead composer: James D’Angelo: American composer now living in Gloucester.
His work has been featured at Gloucester Cathedral and in the Three Choirs Festival.

Young composers interested in taking part in this project should contact SCA Chairman, Jolyon Laycock.

Funded by Arts Council England, RVW Trust, the Summerfield Trust & the Carducci Foundation.

Photo of Madeleine Mitchell by Rama Knight