Accelerate

A career development opportunity for composers

PRS for Music launched Accelerate in partnership with the Berkeley Ensemble in recognition of the need for career development for composers working in the classical sector. 

Accelerate gives composers the opportunity to develop new works for the Berkeley Ensemble from January-November 2018, including two all-day workshops with guidance and feedback from John Woolrich. The programme will be supported by career skills workshops from industry professionals on topics such as publishing, recording, promotion and funding. Accelerate will culminate in a concert on Thursday 22 November in London, which will premiere the works developed during the programme. Details of how to obtain tickets to attend the concert will be released in due course. 

The application process for Accelerate was anonymous and was open to composers of all ages. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact us.

Harriet Wybor, classical account manager for PRS for Music discusses the Accelerate composer development scheme
Classical account manager, Harriet Wybor introduces the Accelerate programme
The Berkeley Ensemble, dressed smartly, pose for a group photo
Berkeley Ensemble

Berkeley Ensemble

Hailed as ‘an instinctive collective’ - The Strad, the Berkeley Ensemble was formed with the aim of exploring little-known twentieth- and twenty first-century British chamber music alongside more established repertoire. It now enjoys a busy concert schedule performing throughout the UK and abroad, and is much in demand for its inspiring work in education, including at the University of Hull, where it is ensemble-in-residence. Its recordings have attracted critical acclaim, most recently with Lennox Berkeley: Stabat Mater, which was nominated in Gramophone Magazine’s Classical Awards 2017.  The group enthusiastically champions new music, premiering its first commission, Michael Berkeley’s Clarion Call and Gallop, in 2013 and launching the New Cobbett Prize for composers the following year.

John Woolrich
John Woolrich

John Woolrich

John Woolrich is founder of the Composers Ensemble and Hoxton New Music Days festival and has been composer in association with the Orchestra of St John's and the Britten Sinfonia. 

His collaborations with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group led to his appointment in 2002 as artist-in-association. He has been associate artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival , artistic director of Dartington International Summer School and professor of music at Brunel University. He is currently artistic director of Mirepoix Musique in France.

Throughout the 1990s Woolrich had a string of orchestral commissions resulting in The Ghost in the Machine, premiered in Japan by Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Si Va Facendo Notte commissioned by the Barbican for the Mozart European Journey Project.

Recent pieces include Between the Hammer and the Anvil, for the London Sinfonietta; Falling Down, a contrabassoon concerto for Margaret Cookhorn and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; and To the Silver Bow for Leon Bosch and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Composer Daniel Lee Chappell leaning against a pillar in a cathedral cloisters
Daniel Lee Chappell

Daniel Lee Chappell 

As a composer and pianist, Daniel Lee Chappell has worked in the UK, US, Europe and Russia.

Originally from Salford, Daniel has a MMus in Composition with Distinction from the Royal College of Music under Kenneth Hesketh, supported by a Robert McFadzean Whyte scholarship. Previously, he studied music at the University of Manchester, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Chetham’s School of Music.

His work has been performed at Royaumont Festival, Abbaye de Royaumont, Tete-a-Tete festival, Arts Theatre Leicester Square, St Magnus International Festival and more. He has worked with Spectra Ensemble, Psappha, BBC Singers, Helios Collective and more and he has performed internationally with a variety of ensembles. He is an alumnus of the London Sinfonietta Academy under Pierre-Andre Valade and participated on the Fondation Royaumont Voix Nouvelles Session de Composition, as well as the St Magnus Composers Course.

He was previously mentored by Andrew Wilde and has been taught by Mark Andre, Phillipe Leroux, Alex Mincek, Michael Finnissy, David Lang, Robert Saxton, and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

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Eloise Gynn playing cello on a beach
Eloise Gynn

Eloise Gynn

Inspired by the natural world, poetry and movement, Eloise Nancie Gynn’s music has been described as ‘ethereal, glowering’ (Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine), ‘quite intoxicating’ (Classical Reviewer), and ‘luxuriantly slow moving, soft edged and ruminative’ (Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph). 

Since studying Composition at Cardiff University with Arlene Sierra, Anthony Powers and Judith Weir, Eloise’s work has been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Hebrides Ensemble, Schubert Ensemble and more. Her LSO commission, Anahata was premiered at the Barbican and her piece Sakura has been released on LSO Live.

As a performer Eloise has played the cello and shakuhachi at international festival and she is a member of Les Mignonettes a trio specialising in original compositions and contemporary arrangements of European folk music. Most recently she has created Hiraeth a piece for dancers, cello and electronics.

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Composer George Stevenson
George Stevenson

George Stevenson

London-based Scottish composer George Stevenson has written for the Russian National Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Brodick Quartet, dancers of The Bolshoi Ballet and more. He has been commissioned by Moscow Viola Festival, Suzuki Scotland and International Flute Competition Moya Lyubimaya Fleyta. His works have been performed at the Barbican, Sadler's Wells, The Royal Academy of Arts, the Elgar Room and more. 

Among other awards, George achieved first prize in the St Magnus Composers' competition, the Dvořák Prize, and Creative Scotland’s ‘The Night With...’. George was an associate of the London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub and part of the Psappha Ensemble ‘Composing For...’ scheme.

George studied with Julian Anderson and Joseph Phibbs and holds a Masters from Guildhall as well as an Advanced Diploma in Composition from Moscow Conservatoire under Alexander Tchaikovsky.

 Upcoming projects include works for Psappha Ensemble and Canadian wind quintet Pentaèdre as well as continued collaboration with Juncture Ensemble.

 georgestevenson.com

Composer Matthew Olyver looking at the camera
Matthew Olyver

Matthew Olyver 

Matthew Olyver has written for the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, the Ligeti Quartet, CHROMA Ensemble, pianists Huw Watkins and John Reid and many more. His music has been played at Dartington Summer Music Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, Spitalfields Music Festival and more. 

His piece Altair was performed live on radio by Timothy Ridout at the Gasteig in Munich in 2016 and in 2017 his score for the feature film Iris Warriors was recorded by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. His sinfonietta piece On the Sea of Heaven was premiered by the Manson Ensemble under the baton of Timothy Weiss, and orchestral piece Clare has been premiered by the Hornton Chamber Orchestra. For 2018, he is working with the Recorder Quartet Block4 towards a premiere at Les Goûts Réunis Concert Series in Amsterdam. 

Matthew received a Distinction and DipRAM prize for outstanding composition portfolio for his Masters from the Royal Academy of Music where he is undertaking Doctoral Studies with Philip Cashian.

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Composer Michael Cryne looking at the camera
Michael Cryne

Michael Cryne

A graduate of London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra young composer schemes, Michael lives and works in London where he completed Doctoral study in composition under the supervision of Mark Bowden and Helen Grime at Royal Holloway. He is on the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Composers Hub scheme under the guidance of Stuart MacRae and has been a Sound and Music New Voice and an LSO Soundhub associate.

He is fascinated by the intersection between natural forces and man-made structure and explores this in his acoustic and electro-acoustic compositions.

Recent works include Celia’s Toyshop for the Riot Ensemble, In Cloud Light for Psappha ensemble, Slipstream for Ruthless Jabiru, Prism for the Molinari String Quartet and Tendrils for Kaleidoscope saxophone quartet. His work has been performed and recorded by cellist Laura Moody, saxophonist Ian Dingle and pianist Zubin Kanga. He has written music for over 25 plays and worked as a musical director and supervisor with the Royal Shakespeare company.

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Composer Patrick John Jones smiling
Patrick John Jones

Patrick John Jones

Patrick John Jones is a London-born composer currently based in York. His music has been performed by artists and ensembles including members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s Ensemble 10/10, Mahan Esfahani, Jane Chapman, The Kreutzer Quartet, The Ligeti Quartet, and more.

Patrick has been awarded the RPS Prize 2015, Britten Sinfonia’s OPUS2014 competition, and received commissions from Sound & Music. Other awards include The Terry Holmes Composer/Performer Award, The Jack Lyons Celebration Award and a residency at The Banff Centre, Alberta.

He recently completed a PhD in Composition at The University of York under Thomas Simaku, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. He has a MMus in composition from Kings College London and BA in Music from The University of York. Patrick took the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Composition Course in 2017 taught by Colin Matthews, Michael Gandolfi and Oliver Knussen and has benefited from the guidance of Unsuk Chin, Simon Bainbridge, Roger Marsh and Ian Gardiner.

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Composer Robert Laidlow in a garden, wearing a checked shirt
Robert Laidlow

Robert Laidlow

Robert Laidlow is a contemporary classical composer based in London. His music has been performed in the UK and North and South America, and been broadcast on Resonance FM. His compositions are often influenced by his background as a jazz saxophonist.

Robert was recently commissioned by the 2018 Campos do Jordao music festival in Sao Paulo and Doors Open Milwaukee via Access Contemporary Music Chicago. His music has been performed by Ensemble Modern, Britten Sinfonia, members of the Milwaukee Symphony and Ballet, CoMA London and more, and he is currently a member of Psappha's Composing For scheme. 

He is studying for a Master's degree in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music with David Sawer as recipient of the Mosco Carner scholarship and the Harvey Lohr award. He has received lessons from composers including Oliver Knussen, Judith Weir, Andrew Norman and Bent Sørensen.

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Composer Robert Haigh looking at the camera, standing in front of a staircase
Robin Haigh

Robin Haigh

In 2017 Robin Haigh became one of the youngest ever recipients of a British Composer Award for his recorder quintet, In Feyre Foreste. This year his music will be performed by the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the LSO Chamber Ensemble and released by NMC Recordings.

His opera, The Man Who Woke Up premiered in London in 2015 and went on to receive three performances in 2016 with Thompson Street Opera Company in Louisville, Kentucky. Other theatrical works include 1936 for two narrators and large ensemble, commissioned by East London Music Group, and Die Nächte in Berlin for the Art of Chaos Festival. Early music ensembles and musicians The Dunedin Consort, Elizabeth Kenny (lute), Tabea Debus (recorder), and Duo Ex Libris (quarter-tone pianos) have performed his work.

Robin studied at Goldsmiths University with Dmitri Smirnov and Royal Academy of Music with Edmund Finnis and David Sawer where he won the Eric Coates Prize for his orchestral piece Movado and was taught by Magnus Lindberg, Bent Sorensen, Oliver Knussen, Judith Weir and Michael Finnissy.

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