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 £2,000 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.

To Apply

To complete your application the following should be uploaded to Dropbox and the link shared via the online form below:

  • A completed application form including a personal statement summarising your aspirations for this role
  • Two references outlining what they think of your work, what you would contribute to Glyndebourne and why you are well-suited to working in the field of opera. (We suggest the referees be a teacher, composer, promoter and/or musician of standing who know your recent work).
  • CV including list of works
  • A small portfolio of scores and recordings of performances (minimum two pieces, one being for vocal and/or choral writing). Please note, MIDI / Sibelius recordings will not be accepted.

Download the application form

We request that you also complete and return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form available online. A DBS check may be requested if during the course of the residency you are involved in regulated activity in accordance with Glyndebourne’s Safeguarding Policy. Please note that candidates must be resident in the UK for the duration of the project. There is no age limit on this programme.

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 August 2018. Should you be successful you will need to be available for an interview at Glyndebourne on Wednesday 24 October. If you have any questions or enquiries about this initiative please contact education@glyndebourne.com or 01273 815023

Apply now


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