Call for young composers: Leeds College of Music + HCMF// 2017

Call for young composers

Leeds College of Music Saturday Music School is offering a wonderful opportunity, open to all musicians between the ages of 12-18, to collaboratively compose and perform a new work to be premiered at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

  • Venue: Leeds College of Music
  • Fee: £125
  • Age: 12-18
  • Tutors: Dr Ben Gaunt
  • Study Mode: Junior LCoM

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hcmf// is one of the world’s most prestigious festivals, featuring cutting-edge instrumental, vocal, and electronic music alongside dance and musical theatre.

For many composers, having a piece premiered at hcmf// represents a career highlight. Therefore, this project represents a significant opportunity for young musicians to develop their skills as performers and composers, to gain invaluable professional experience, and to boost their CVs.

Four workshops will take place in October and November on Saturday afternoons where participants will improvise, compose, collaborate, and create an entirely new work, supported by professional composers Ben Gaunt ( and Karen Gourlay (, alongside yet-to-be-announced experts in new music. These workshops will be creative and engaging experiences, exploring composition methods in a fun, accessible way, developing composition, improvisation, aural and theory skills in the process.

The final concert will take place during Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on Sunday 26 November 2017.


Course Tutors

Dr Ben GauntSenior Lecturer: Classical Music, Music Production, Postgraduate Studies

Courses taught: Foundation Degree, BA (Hons) Music (Classical), MMus Creative Musician, Saturday Music School, Short Courses for young musicians

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We are pleased to able to offer the course at a subsided rate of £125 per participant. Discretionary bursaries are available.

Apply for an audition

The course is only open to six young musicians, and the selection process is a competitive one.

Applicants will need to have experience of performing and composing.

Auditions will take place on the morning of Saturday 8 July 2017, and will require candidates to improvise and compose in a group environment.

Applications have now closed.

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