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Picture Gallery Composer-in-Residence Scheme

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Picture Gallery Composer-in-Residence Scheme

This is a ground-breaking residency in which successful student composers from the Department of Music will have their musical responses to the Picture Gallery and some of its wonderful paintings performed by an invited ensemble each year.

This is a ground-breaking residency in which three to four successful students from the Department of Music will have their musical responses to the Picture Gallery and some of its wonderful paintings performed by an invited ensemble each year. These new compositions are the result of a special collaboration between the College’s Curator Imogen Tedbury and Nathan James Dearden, a College Composer, Conductor of the New Music Collective and Performance Manager at the Department of Music.

Now in search of its fourth cohort, this year six successful applicants will receive the opportunity to work with the world-famous Choir of Royal Hollway and their conductor Rupert Gough through a collaborative and immersive rehearsal process exploring new music for voice. 

This year the composers will be tasked to compose a part-song incorporating commissioned poetry by Prof. Robert Fraser, prose specifically written for individual paintings in our gallery. Successful applicants will be assigned a poem (and corresponding painting from the Picture Gallery's collection) to write a new work for 3 to 5 voices. 

Each composer also has the opportunity to meet with the College Art Curator, Imogen Tedbury, to discuss the Picture Gallery's art collection and to explore possible areas for artistic collaboration. Each successful applicant also receives support and guidance from composer/conductor, Nathan James Dearden, through a mixture of one-to-one mentoring sessions and during practical workshop settings.

This opportunity is open to students enrolled as a Final-year Undergraduate student or Postgraduate Taught student only.

To apply for this opportunity, please CLICK HERE.

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