Thea Musgrave CBE will give the keynote speech at the Cheltenham Music Festival’s inaugural Composium, a conference day devised by Artistic Director Alison Balsom in partnership with PRS for Music and Wild Plum Arts for anyone working or studying in classical music. click here to learn more
Founded in 1945 to provide a post-war platform for British composers, Cheltenham Music Festival has remained synonymous with contemporary classical music, even as its programme has broadened across the decades. Our first Composium looks to deepen and develop this connection, with a day of TED-style talks and panel sessions focused on the challenges facing contemporary classical music in the 21st century, alongside a number of world premieres and networking opportunities. We want to provoke discussion and encourage open debate, never shying away from the difficult questions the industry must address in order to thrive in a time of considerable change.
Cheltenham Music Festival Composium
Wednesday 10 July 2019, 10.30am - 6.30pm , Pittville Pump Room
Contributors already confirmed include Katy Hamilton (Musicologist, Broadcaster and Composium Facilitator), James Murphy (Chief Executive, Royal Philharmonic Society), Lucy Schaufer (Mezzo-soprano and Artistic Director, Wild Plum Arts), Hannah Kendall (Composer), Vanessa Reed (CEO, PRS Foundation), Denzyl Feigelson (Special Advisor, Apple Inc and iTunes), Anna Meredith (Composer) and Harriet Wybor (PRS for Music - Classical).
Performers include Lucy Schaufer and Huw Watkins (piano), Elizbaeth Karani (soprano) and Gabriel Cabezas (cello) and Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. They will be presenting world premieres from Zoe Martlew, Emma-Ruth Richards, Lisa Robertson and the participants of our 2019 Composer Academy (Course Director, John Woolrich).
A full list of speakers and the schedule for the day will be released shortly, and I am delighted to be able to offer a special package to industry colleagues, as follows:
Industry members: £70 per person*
Students in full-time or higher education: £38 person*