Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence 2015-2017


Call for Applications

Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence 2015-2017

Glyndebourne is currently looking for an emerging composer (under 30 years old as of 15 September 2014) for a part-time residency for three years, starting in January 2015. The successful candidate must be based in the UK. The Glyndebourne Young Composer will have the opportunity to: 

  • immerse themselves in the work of an opera house 
  • investigate different approaches to the creation of new opera and music theatre through engagement with the historical forms of opera 
  • observe the development of the creation of new work (three commissions in development currently)
  • involve themselves in the broader artistic, learning and audience development activities of a professional opera company
  • create new work in opera and music theatre through a number of projects, through development workshops and/or performance
  • have the opportunity to go and see new work

The potential young composer will have a post-graduate degree level qualification in composition or equivalent professional experience, and should have evidence of engagement with opera, theatre, or multimedia work, of writing for the voice, and of practical skills as a pianist and/or vocalist/instrumentalist capable of improvising.   Applicants should also demonstrate their interest in engaging with the work of the education department, and give examples of self-generated opportunities outside of a formal learning environment. 

The successful candidate will receive an annual bursary of £17,000 to cover time, expenses and any work composed for Glyndebourne within the period of the residency.

To Apply 

Complete the online form

This will require:

  • Contact details
  • Two references outlining what they think of your work and what you would bring to Glyndebourne Young Composer position. (We suggest the referees be a teacher, composer, promoter and/or musician of standing who know your recent work).  
  • CV including list of works
  • A personal statement, summarising your aspirations for this role
  • A small portfolio of scores and recordings of performances (minimum two pieces, one being for vocal and/or choral writing). Please note, MIDI / Sibelius recordings will not be accepted. 

We request that you also complete and return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form as part of the online application form. A DBS check will be requested in the event of a successful application in accordance with Glyndebourne’s Safeguarding Policy.

The closing date for applications is 15 September 2014. Should you be successful you will need to be available on 28 or 29 October for an interview. 

If you have any questions or enquiries about this initiative please contact or 01273 815023.

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