Balancing the Score: supporting female composers

Balancing the Score: supporting female composers is a new development scheme exclusively for female composers. It will offer up to four women the chance to spend two years immersed in life at Glyndebourne, attending rehearsals and meeting professional opera makers and performers. Participants will be introduced to commissioning opportunities at Glyndebourne and development opportunities with high profile partners such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

This part-time residency will last for two academic years, starting in autumn 2018. The successful candidates must be based in the UK. Each composer will have the opportunity to:

  • Increase their knowledge of how an international opera house functions
  • Investigate different approaches to the creation of new opera and music theatre through engagement with the historical forms of opera
  • Observe the opera rehearsal process
  • Observe the development and creation of new work (two commissions in development currently)
  • Attend industry insight sessions delivered with partner organisations

The applicants will have a post-graduate degree level qualification in composition or equivalent professional experience, with a demonstrable interest in learning more about opera, even if they have not yet had significant experience in composing opera. Some pre-existing engagement with opera, theatre, or multimedia work, of writing for the voice, and of practical skills as a pianist and/or vocalist/instrumentalist capable of improvising is desired. Applicants should also demonstrate their interest in engaging with the work of the Education department, and give examples of self-generated opportunities outside of a formal learning environment.

The successful candidates will receive an annual bursary of £1,000 to cover expenses and time spent at Glyndebourne and will have the opportunity to apply to a Research & Development fund to create works during the period of the residency.

Glyndebourne is privileged to be collaborating with its resident orchestras: London Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Southbank Centre, to provide opportunities for Balancing the Score composers.


To find out about our previous programme supporting composers, Glyndebourne Young Composer-in-Residence (2012-2014 and 2015-2017) please click here.

Glyndebourne’s Balancing the Score – supporting female composers programme is made possible thanks to Wendy and Nicholas Heesom