Young Composer-in-Residence (2018-2020)

Glyndebourne is currently looking for an emerging composer aged (under 30 years old as of 7 July 2017) for a part-time residency for three years, starting in January 2018. The successful candidate must be based in the UK during this residency. The Glyndebourne Young Composer-in-Residence will have the opportunity to:

  • Immerse themselves in the work of an opera house
  • Investigate different approaches to the creation of new opera and music theatre through engagement with the historical forms of opera
  • Observe the development of the creation of new work (three commissions in development currently)
  • Involve themselves in the broader artistic, learning and audience development activities of a professional opera company
  • Create new work in opera and music theatre through a number of projects, including development workshops and/or performance
  • See new work across Europe

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate degree-level qualification in composition or equivalent professional experience, and should have evidence of engagement with dramatic writing in opera, theatre, or multimedia work, of writing for the voice, and of practical skills as a pianist and/or vocalist/instrumentalist capable of improvising. 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 candidate will receive an annual bursary of £17,000 to cover time, expenses and any work composed for Glyndebourne within the period of the residency.

Applications are now closed. All applicants will be contacted about the outcome of their application in due course.

This will require:

  • Contact details
  • A personal statement, summarising your aspirations for this role (1000 words)
  • Two references in which the referee outlines what they think of your work and what you would bring to the Young Composer-in-Residence position. (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, at least one being for vocal and/or choral writing). Please note, MIDI / Sibelius recordings will not be accepted. Files should be uploaded to Dropbox and the link shared via our online form.

We request that you also complete and return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. A DBS check will be requested in the event of a successful application in accordance with Glyndebourne’s Safeguarding Policy.

The closing date for applications is at 2.00pm on 7 July 2017.

If you have any questions or enquiries about this initiative please contact or 01273 815023