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Composition: Wales

Postgraduate composer Julia Howell has had a score chosen by BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a project aiming to showcase works by living composers worthy of wider exposure. 

Julia recently completed an MMus in Composition at the School and is currently working towards her PhD in Composition, under the supervision of Dr Arlene Sierra. Her score – Artefacts - I. Largo sostenuto– is one of seven chosen for the project led by Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC NOW, Jac van Steen, Composer-in-Association Simon Holt and Resident Composer Mark Bowden. 

Julia said: " I am very honored and excited to have been selected to participate in this year’s Composition: Wales program. As an audience member during past years’ workshops, I know it to be an invaluable and highly practical experience. It is rare to have the opportunity to learn about the craft of orchestral writing in such a hands-on way and I am very much looking forward to the collaboration and to improving my work through the BBC NOW’s experience, expertise, and commitment to new music.”

The composers will take part in public workshops at BBC Hoddinott Hall on Monday 3 February, Monday 24 March, and Tuesday 25 March, followed by a free concert featuring highlights from the project on Tuesday 25 March.

Tickets for all sessions are available from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audiences Line on 0800 052 1812. More information is available at

The project is part of the BBC NOW’s Education and Community Outreach and aims to showcase works by living composers worthy of wider exposure. It is organised in collaboration with Composers of Wales, Ty Cerdd, and the Welsh Music Guild.