New Streams, an exciting new project created to open up the world of writing for screen, has announced its cohort of participating composers.
Ruby Colley, Sophie Cooper, Will Davenport and Jobina Tinnemans will work with award-winning composer Chris Roe to adapt an existing composition for the screen. The piece will be professionally recorded by Riot Ensemble, and composers will retain 100% ownership of their compositions and recordings. The four writers will also receive mentoring from bespoke composition and sync agency Pusher, who will demystify the process of writing for film, TV, and marketing briefs.
Ruby Colley is a violinist, composer and sound artist. Her works weave together environmental sound and electronics and draw on many different styles, including folk, improvisation and contemporary classical. Ruby’s most recent album Overheard was released in April 2022. The album seeks to unravel the connections between human presence and nature in response to the climate crisis. She continued to explore these themes on her lastest EP Underheard was released in February 2023 She is currently working with Explore the Arch Theatre Company as a mentor, arts facilitator and associate director.
Sophie Cooper is a sound artist whose practice pivots around new presentations of acoustic instrumentation with electronics, challenging conventions around composition, text placement and performance. In recent years, Sophie has been particularly interested in publicly engaged, site specific, audio work, often in collaboration with visual artists. She has had work exhibited at The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Wordsworth Grasmere Museum, Bury Art Gallery, Hereford Courtyard Art Centre and Gallery Frank as well as music venues including Cafe Oto and hcmf//.
Will Davenport is a London-based composer, pianist and producer from Stoke-On-Trent. Often described as filmic, his music plays with a sense of scale and drama, moving between the intimate, the expansive, and the immersive. Will has produced music for The Barbican Film Festival, The National Trust’s Waddesdon Manor, BBC Proms and The Illuminated River Foundation.
Jobina Tinnemans is a composer at the nexus of contemporary classical and electronic music, working in conventional instrumentation as well as in cross-discipline and virtual musical forces. Jobina’s work has been supported by many funding agencies, including the PRSF, Arts Council England, Hinrichsen Foundation and Vaughan Williams Foundation and has been internationally commissioned by many performers, ensembles and festivals. Her first album, Five Thoughts on Everything was released in 2020.
Speaking on the project, composer and mentor Chris Roe says, ‘I'm very proud to be a mentor on this project helping these incredible composers expand their output and find new audiences. We had an amazing array of talent apply for the project and I'm so excited to work with our chosen four composers who all have such a bold, unique voice as well as a directness to their work that I know will translate to the world of sync. I'm looking forward to helping the composers make their music as focused and distinctive as possible to stand out from the crowd and find a home in a whole range of settings, whilst keeping their individual identity intact!’
Aaron Holloway Nahum, Artistic Director of Riot Ensemble, says, ‘It’s obvious from the history of TV/film that composers from the classical era have a lot to offer in soundtracks. This seems even truer today, as some of the most timbrally exciting, exploratory and experimental music is being made by composers in the contemporary classical world. This music is unique and expressive we’re excited to see how these first steps with Pusher and PRS might open up new audiences to the power of this music.’