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Composition Workshop Programme 2013-14

Published: 23 September 2013

At the University of Southampton, we believe that composition students at all levels should have as many opportunities as possible to hear their work performed. These experiences enable students to develop a range of skills across instrumental writing, orchestration, notation and collaborating with performers. Such moments are also thrilling!

Following on from a busy year of workshops in 2012/13 (including visits from the Calefax reed quintet and the Fraser/Knoop soprano and piano duo) in 2013/14 Southampton composition students will have their pieces performed and recorded by groups such as the Orazbayeva/Chadwick violin and piano duo, We Spoke: New Music Company, and we welcome back the Mercury Quartet who gave a highly instructive and inspiring day of workshops for Southampton third year students earlier this year.

2013/14 will also see the beginning of a new relationship between the Southampton music department and Manama - an advanced Masters programme in contemporary music performance run by the Belgian ensembles Ictus and Spectra alongside the Ghent Conservatory. This year we are collaborating on a two-phase project that involves six Manama students and a trio of Southampton postgraduate composers. In phase one, the Manama students will visit Southampton to present music and instrumental techniques they've been working on as well as trying out sketches by postgraduate composers. The Manama students will return three months later for phase two, where the completed student compositions will be rehearsed, performed and recorded.

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