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Severnside Composers Alliance - Composing in education project


Calling all young composers: SCA is offering an unmissable opportunity for young composers in Gloucestershire to have their music performed by leading professional musicians at two composer workshops.


Madeleine Mitchell (violin) Geoffrey Poole (piano)

Sunday 18 June; Hawkwood Centre, Stroud

2.00pm Young composers’ workshop

7.30pm Public concert. Music by Beethoven, Geoffrey Poole, Jolyon Laycock & David Greenhorne

Richard Morrison in the Times described Madeleine as…One of Britain's liveliest musical forces

Geoffrey Poole is a highly respected composer & pianist of international reputation and former Professor of Music at Bristol University.


Carducci Quartet & Gloucester Academy of Music Senior Strings

Friday 7 July 2.00pm: Carducci Quartet young composers’ workshop

Saturday 8 July 7.30pm: GAM Senior strings: concert with Carducci Quartet as section leaders;

The Carducci is a quartet of outstanding international reputation based in Gloucestershire well known for its education work.


If you live in Gloucestershire and are studying music at GCSE or A level and have already written music for string quartet or for violin and piano, or would like to do so, this opportunity is for you.

SCA composer/members including Geoffrey Poole, David Greenhorne, James D’Angelo and Jolyon Laycock will be available to give help and guidance on all aspects of your composition.

If you are planning to submit something or want to know more about this unique opportunity,

contact SCA Chairman, Dr. Jolyon Laycock: Phone 01761 490378; email: jolyonlaycock@hotmail.com


Deadline for submissions: Friday 28 April

to Dr. Jolyon Laycock, Chairman, Severnside Composers Alliance,

186 Publow Lane, Woollard, BRISTOL BS39 4HY;

We can accept scores produced using music software or as a hand-written manuscript.

Scores can be sent electronically in Sibelius 7 (or earlier) or as a pdf file, or as hard copies in the post.


Severnside Composers Alliance (SCA) was formed in 2003 by composers based in the Bristol, Bath and Gloucester area to promote performances of their own music, and to stimulate a wider interest in the composition and performance of new music in the region. www.severnsidecomposersalliance.co.uk

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