Call for 2019/20 Schemes
During 2019-20 Psappha will be running four “Composing for…” schemes. All will be solo schemes – for freebass accordion (also called chromatic button accordion), sitar, piano and cello. The closing date for applications is Friday 16 August 2019 at 23:59.
The schemes will support and develop 24 emerging composers who are interested in learning more about writing for the instruments included in this year’s programme.
Who is eligible?
This is a development opportunity for music creators who are at an early stage in their composing career. Applicants will have completed their first degree or equivalent and they will either have left higher education within the last five years or they will be studying at postgraduate level. They must be based in the UK for the duration of the scheme (applicants based outside the UK may apply so long as they will be based in the UK for the period of the scheme).
The programme is not open to undergraduate students or to composers who have been establishing their post higher education careers for longer than five years. Nor is it open to composers who have completed previous “Composing for…” schemes within the last two years (composers from Psappha’s 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 schemes for cimbalom, violin, cello, clarinet, trombone, percussion, flute, and piano are eligible to apply). MA and PhD students are eligible to apply. Those still studying for a first degree at the time of application are eligible to apply so long as their degree will have been completed and awarded by the time the scheme begins.*
Aim of the project:
The aim of the project is to give the selected composers direct contact with four highly experienced musicians: freebass accordion player Miloš Milivojević; sitar player Jasdeep Singh Degun; Psappha’s pianist Ben Powell; and Psappha’s cellist Jennifer Langridge.
Composers on the freebass accordion and sitar schemes will learn about and research the traditions from which their instrument comes, and will write an idiomatic work that responds to those traditions. Composers who would like to focus on exploring extended techniques and advanced compositional ideas will be more suited to our other schemes (ie piano or cello).
Each composer will be supported to write a new, five-minute piece for one of: freebass accordion; sitar; piano; and cello.
All works will be filmed and sound recorded by Psappha. The films will be hosted on Psappha’s YouTube channel and the audio files on Psappha’s SoundCloud channel so they can be embedded in the composers’ websites or shared (click HERE to watch the films we have created through our previous “Composing for…” schemes).
The works created through the process will also be considered for inclusion in a future Psappha performance.
What is required from the composers?
A genuine commitment to the project.
To write a work that lasts a maximum of 5 minutes and to agree to participate in the sessions outlined above meeting the required deadlines.
Composers on the freebass accordion and sitar schemes must attend all sessions in person.
See link below for further details.