The Young Composers’ Academy

The Young Composers’ Academy (a joint NMSW/St. George’s initiative) is a unique project supporting the development of the region’s brightest young composing talent. Every year the selection process involves hundreds of young composers from over 60 schools being invited to have their music workshopped by professional performers and composers.

The most promising twelve are enrolled in a free 3 year programme of advanced, focussed opportunities, including ongoing mentoring, masterclasses, tailored workshops and professional performances at public concerts. At the end of the second year, three are awarded professional, orchestral commissions. In 2017 the successful composers will be commissioned to write pieces for the New Bristol Sinfonia, for performance at St. George’s, Bristol in the Autumn 2018


We work with high calibre composers and performers, including John Pickard, Michael Ellison, Sadie Harrison, Geoff Poole and the Bristol Ensemble. Thanks to their outstanding contributions, we are able to provide our young composers with the type of experiences and opportunities more usually associated with postgraduate study. The vast majority respond with enthusiasm, openness and imagination, proving that when talented youngsters are given amazing opportunities, they achieve amazing things.

The work of YCA composers can be heard at public concerts throughout the year, with the next opportunity being Sunday 10th Sept. at the Mackay Theatre, BGS, Bristol. Click here for further details.

To keep up-todate with the YCA please visit the NMSW News page and follow us on Twitter.


Next event

To find out about our next concert/workshop please visit our Event page.


To hear music by our young composers and to read about our recent workshops, please visit our Workshops page.


To find out how to become a YCA composer, please visit our Applications page.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with St. George’s on this exciting project and we are grateful to those whose ongoing support makes it possible. Including:

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