Teen Composers and Winning Scores

Some of the world’s most famous composers wrote music from a young age including Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Bizet. Contemporary composers such as Philip Glass and John Williams – famous for his Star Wars scores – also developed their talent at a young age.

In total 12 promising young composers, aged from 16 to 18, are chosen each year to join the Academy, It follows a series of NMSW workshops, attended by school students working with professional composers and musicians to develop their composing skills.

The Young Composers Academy, which is currently sponsored by Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Ernest Cook Trust, is marking its second year.

It is just one of the education initiatives led by St George’s Bristol, best known for its world-class acoustic, and for attracting leading classical, jazz, folk and world artists as well as providing a stage for the region’s orchestras, musicians, and choirs.

Other education projects include St George’s Cosmos Children’s Community Choir, Music Mentors, Awards and Bursaries, and the award-winning MiniBeats and Wild Words events for families.

Head of Education for St George’s Bristol, Catherine Freda, commented: “The Young Composers Academy offers our region’s most promising and committed students, the chance to focus on their music writing skills and compositional style.

“The support and guidance of professional composers and musicians is invaluable.”

She added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the team from New Music in the South West, and grateful for the support of the prestigious Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Ernest Cook Trust.”

  • For further details of the Young Composers Academy please click here, or go to nmsw.org.uk for information on New Music in the South West and details of the concert and other events.