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Unique programme seeks to find Next Wave of young composers

An exciting new programme launched by the UK’s national charity for new music Sound and Music and the award-winning record label NMC Recordings is offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity for young composers.

Working in partnership with Sage Gateshead, the unique Next Wave programme addresses the identified gap in support for talented young composers about to embark on a professional career.

As part of the programme, six young composers in higher education will be given the opportunity to develop works for musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia, as well as one of three highly acclaimed solo artists: Quinta, Loré Lixenberg and Luke Carver Goss.

Working collaboratively, the project hopes to encourage young composers to explore and push the boundaries of both their work and the possibilities of sound offered by the musicians and artists. They will also receive mentoring support to help with the development of their works, which will be recorded for international release as a digital download album on NMC and launched at a live showcase event at Sage Gateshead in January 2018.

Thorben Dittes, Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia and Classical Programme at Sage Gateshead, said: “We are all very excited at the prospect of working in partnership with Sound and Music on their national project Next Wave. This programme is the only one of its kind in the UK, and offers a fantastic opportunity for young composers, which dovetails perfectly with Sage Gateshead’s strand of artist development work.

“I am particularly pleased that the composers will be able to develop their skills working with chamber-sized groups of musicians from within Royal Northern Sinfonia, as creating new work for chamber ensembles and chamber orchestra is a key focus.

“We already look forward to the project culmination in a live showcase event at Sage Gateshead in January 2018, as part of our New Year New Artists festival.”

The deadline for applications is 10am on Thursday 16 February.

Find out more about the artists and programme here.

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