Opportunity: Composer, South West Open Youth Orchestra, OpenUp Music

OpenUp Music is looking for a composer for the South West Open Youth Orchestra (SWOYO) – the UK’s only disabled-led regional youth orchestra. We believe that young disabled musicians can radically redefine the very idea of The Orchestra, creating new musical forms for the 21st century. We are looking for a composer who can work with us towards realising this vision by:

  • composing for a varied and unconventional array of acoustic and electronic instruments
  • creating music that expresses the musical identities of the performers

Work for the successful applicant will begin in January 2017 and complete in June 2017. Getting to know the performers and their approaches to learning and performing music will be pivotal. The successful applicant will need to invest time travelling and working with performers across the South West. A first draft composition will be delivered in March 2017 with the final work submitted in May 2017, culminating in one or more high profile performances in June 2017.

Given the young-person-centered nature of this commission, the exact composition brief will need to be developed in collaboration with the successful applicant. The finished work(s) should be at least 10 to 15 minutes duration.

There is a fixed fee of £4,000 (on a self-employed basis) for this commission. Additional travel expenses are included. A DBS check is mandatory and can be paid for by OpenUp Music.

If you are disabled and require any adjustments to enable you either to apply or to work please get in touch at info@openupmusic.org, we would be keen to discuss your requirements.

To apply please send your CV and at least two examples of your music, along with a covering message of no more than 300 words stating why you would like to write for the South West Open Youth Orchestra, to info@openupmusic.org with the subject line ‘SWOYO Composer’.

  • The closing date for applications will be 27th Nov 2016
  • Applicants will be informed by 5.00pm on 2nd Dec 2016 if they are being invited to interview
  • Interviews will take place in Bristol on 12th Dec 2016
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