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Go Compose! Course 2023

A popular 3-day composition course for creative young musicians and composers aged 13-18 and in secondary education.
Go Compose! is a composition course for young composers aged 13-18 and in full time education. 

It’s a unique opportunity to work with professional composers and our musicians during a 3-day course ran in partnership with sound.  

Over 3 days you will create your own, original piece of music which will be performed at the end of the course. 
We are looking for young people with creative potential and commitment to the course. If you are enthusiastic about writing your own, original music and keen to try out new musical ideas then this is the course for you!

The course in 2023 will take place at Woodend Barn, Banchory Sunday 15 October – Tuesday 17 October. Go Compose! will be led by professional contemporary composers Bekah Simms and Elise Haller-Shannon. Bekah and Elise will be joined by our musicians Ruth Morley (flute), Fiona Winning (viola), Tom Hunter (percussion). They are all very creative and open about the kinds of music they play!

– Sun 15 October 2-8pm
– Mon 16 October 10am-5pm
– Tue 17 October 10am-6pm plus performance @ 5pm.

Application deadline is Monday 2 October. Places are limited so apply now. 

Apply here: https://forms.gle/1ta3SkHuJuqt…

Go Compose! costs £60 for the whole course. You will also need money for lunches and evening meals. If this is too expensive for you, please contact us to discuss this as some grants are available. You can attend the performance free of charge. You can invite your family and friends to attend the final performance. Tickets for this cost £5.

If you will be travelling from a distance and would like the option to stay overnight, we are able to organise supervised accommodation for you at an additional cost of £40. Please contact us directly for more information.

We will let everyone know if they have been selected to participate by 4th October. You will then be asked to confirm attendance and to pay the course fee of £60.

Feedback from previous years:

“The best thing about Go Compose was hearing my piece being played by professional musicians!”

“Hearing my piece was like a dream come true.”

“One of the best experiences I have ever had.”

“A very interesting and informative course that I strongly recommend to others. I would love to come back again next year.”

2 October, 2023 - 0:00 to 23:59


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