City of Norwich School

Young composers from CNS enjoy workshop led by world-renowned composer

Three students from CNS were among a small group of young composers from Norfolk who took part in a creative workshop with international conductor and renowned composer Sir James MacMillan on 12th January.  Year 9 student Stanley, Year 10 student Christopher and Year 13 student Evie took part in the workshop with fellow composers from Britten Sinfonia Academy Composer Hub.

The students have been working with Norfolk Music Hub, who invited them to take part in the workshop held at Anteros Arts Foundation in Norwich. The event was the result of an exciting collaboration between Norfolk Music Hub and lBritten Sinfonia’s Young OPUS2018 programme, aimed at providing young composers with the chance to work with world-class professional musicians.

The young composers were tasked with writing a folk-inspired composition for a string quartet. Their finished pieces were played during the workshop by Britten Sinfonia’s expert string players, with the group receiving feedback and advice on their work.

Stanley was recommended to take part in the programme by David Stowell from the Norfolk Music Hub, who teaches him composition at the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians sessions held every Saturday here at the academy, and conducts the Norfolk County Symphonic Wind Band, in which Stanley plays French Horn. He said:

“I was really pleased that Mr Stowell suggested I take part in this. I have heard my pieces played my parents before, but never by professional musicians like this, which was different in a really good way.

“This workshop has inspired me to do more in composition.”