Pedagogy

Young Composers Project

The Young Composers Project (YCP) was set up in 2013 to support young creative musicians in the Midlands through mentoring, workshops and the opportunity to create music with current and alumni Royal Birmingham Conservatoire musicians. 

At YCP we believe creativity and self-expression is a right for all and we aim to:  

  1. Create a community for young people to share their musical ideas and experiences together regardless of background, in an open and creative environment 
  2. Offer helpful guidance and regular tailored support to help students progress in all styles of music 
  3. Allow young people to experience professional composing practices, developing key musical and creative skills from those in the industry 
  4. Provide long-term composing support as well as the opportunity to experience life at a music conservatoire

A group of young people aged 14-19 attend 7 workshops over the year at the Conservatoire to explore different aspects of music making. They are paired up with one of the composition mentors who are currently composition students at RBC, and work closely with their mentor to develop pieces for a public concert. The workshops are co-led with project leader Kirsty Devaney, and the composition mentors allowing them to gain vital workshop leadership and teaching experience. Current performance students work with the young people to rehearse and try out the young composers’ musical ideas, giving feedback and support. 

YCP has also expanded to include a ‘creative weekend’ organised and led by RBC students, and the ‘Composer in Residence’ scheme where a RBC composer is paired up with a school to work with over one year to deliver workshops and composing support alongside the school teacher.

Comments from past YCP Mentors and Performers

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