Student named Associate Composer

Emily Abdy RBC

MMus Composition student Emily Abdy has been named one of four Associate Composers by Nonclassical, a Sound and Music Fair Access partner, following a record number of applications.

Emily was selected for her ‘potential contribution to the wider new music scene and her distinctive compositional output’. The role will provide Emily with a range of opportunities over the next two years, including curating her own Nonclassical event, paid commissions for Southbank Sinfonia and CoMA festival, appearing on the upcoming Outside the Lines release and receiving workshops and mentoring throughout the scheme.

Head of Composition Joe Cutler said: “This is a great achievement for Emily as there were 400 applications for four places. In fact, Emily will be following in the footsteps of two doctoral students Yfat Soul Zisso and Blasio Kavuma who are two of the current four Associate Composers with Nonclassical.”

Emily Abdy said: “I’m really excited to be working with Nonclassical and the other Associate Composers this coming year. I think it will provide a really beneficial stepping stone from full time study into the professional music world.”

Sound and Music’s Fair Access Principles, developed through consultation with a broad range of composers and organisations, are designed to act as a code of best practice for running successful, open and inclusive artist development programmes, competitions and awards for composers.

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You can access all of Emily’s available work via her website.

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