OPUS2018 combines folk singer and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, Hannah Rarity, with a piano quintet of Britten Sinfonia’s musicians to form the ensemble for which the OPUS competition winner will be invited to write. Working with emerging talent from a non-classical field and including the use of text for the first time introduces a new and exciting edge to OPUS: allowing a search for a unique, new compositional voice, challenging shortlisted composers to expand their existing musical knowledge, opening the competition to a potential new and alternative range of entrants and audiences alike.
Five shortlisted composers will be invited to a public workshop day, during which they will receive:
- Mentoring from Sir James MacMillan
- The chance to work closely with Hannah Rarity and Britten Sinfonia musicians to develop their compositional techniques
- A performance of their sketch to an audience and panel of judges at Saffron Hall
The winning composer will also receive:
- At least three performances of their work in our At Lunch concert series (at London’s Wigmore Hall, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge and Norwich St Andrew’s Hall)
- A professional standard recording of their piece
- A commission fee
See further details at the link below.
Published on 1 August 2018