Composers and arrangers day review

Friday 6th October 2017

RSCM London reports on a recent successful event for Composers and Arrangers.


On Saturday 30th September 2017, Paul Ayres and Ghislaine Reece-Trapp led a workshop for composers and arrangers at St Stephen’s Rochester Row, in central London. All were invited to submit in advance a composition for comment. Submissions included a variety of new anthems (some with original lyrics), descants, responses, and arrangements for organ duet. Participants included composers and arrangers from several different countries and backgrounds with experience as choir directors, retired music teachers, active music teachers, and young people trying their hand at composing for the first time.

Following a performance of their work – each of the participants joining in this important part of the process –there was constructive comment, first from the award-winning composers, followed by a group discussion. Each participant had twenty minutes to discuss their work in detail and receive feedback, to reflect on changes they might make to improve their piece, or do differently in the future. The friendly nature of the day meant that participants could freely share their experiences and insights into their approach to composing and arranging, how they promote their work, and how best to secure performance opportunities.

Mark James (Publicity, RSCM London)

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