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Tŷ Cerdd announce selections for CoDI composers career development

4 September 2018

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Fourteen Welsh and Welsh-based composers have been selected to participate in Tŷ Cerdd’s new CoDI Composer Pathways initiative, offering them unique career development opportunities.

Sixty five applications were received, with a specialist panel selecting composers for paid creative development opportunities in the fields of Chamber, Electronic and Theatre music.

Composers selected for the Chamber programme, including School of Music alumni Nathan Dearden, Daniel-Wyn Jones, Sarah Lianne Lewis and Lucy McPhee, will work with leading Wales-based composer Lynne Plowman and the Berkeley Ensemble over a series of workshops to create new works for performance at the School of Music’s chamber music series in April 2019.

School of Music PhD student Poumpak Charuprakorn and alumnus Richard McReynolds will join the Electronic programme, joining forces with the Swansea Laptop Orchestra and its composers Jenn Kirby and Simon Kilshaw for a series of workshops, culminating in a public performance at the Bangor Music Festival in February 2019.

The Theatre programme will see School of Music alumni David John Roche and Eloise Gynn becoming composer-in-residence and shadow composer respectively with Hijinx’s community theatre company, Odyssey. Throughout autumn 2018 they will develop and realise the music for the Christmas production, which will run at the Wales Millennium Centre in December 2018.

Arlene Sierra

We are immensely proud of our student and graduate composers, who are producing some of the most exciting new music in Wales. Their work is a testament to our approach to Composition at Cardiff University School of Music, which balances rigour with experimentation and maintains strong ties to a long tradition of supporting excellence in Music Composition."

Dr Arlene Sierra, Reader in Composition

Deborah Keyser, Director of Tŷ Cerdd, said: “The response to CoDI from composers has been extremely enthusiastic – and the panels have been blown away by the number of applications. The 14 composers selected represent a range of styles and backgrounds, and we’re excited to get going with the three projects in September.”

CoDI Composer Pathways is funded by support from Arts Council of Wales, and from the PRS Foundation, with whom Tŷ Cerdd is one of 40 Talent Development Partners across the UK.