Tŷ Cerdd launches programme of support for composers

Tŷ Cerdd launches programme of support for composers: CoDI Composer Pathways (codi in Welsh = to raise; CoDI = Composer Development Initiative)

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Tŷ Cerdd is proud to launch CoDI Composer Pathways— a multi-faceted programme for composers across Wales. Through CoDI, Tŷ Cerdd aims to create a community of Welsh composers, promoting shared learning and collaboration, and providing creative opportunities. 

The programme has four main strands: Chamber, Electronic, Theatre and Interact.

Following a call to composers, six composers will be selected for each of the Chamber and Electronic strands. Leading Wales-based composer Lynne Plowman and the Berkeley Ensemble will mentor the chamber composers – working with them over a series of workshops to create new works for performance at Cardiff University School of Music chamber music series in April 2019. 

The six Electronic composers will work in a similar model – mentoring coming from Swansea Laptop Orchestra (its two composers Jenn Kirby and Simon Kilshaw), and culminating in a public performance at the Bangor Music Festival in February 2019.

Theatre will offer a role as composer-in-residence with Hijinx’s community company Odyssey – working with this inclusive theatre company through autumn 2018 to create a soundtrack for their Christmas musical theatre production. The selected composer will work with an experienced mentor, and with Director Jon Dafydd Kidd and writer Llinos Mai, to develop and realise the music for the production, which will run at the Wales Millennium Centre in December 2018.

Interact sits at the heart of CoDI – an online hub will be complemented by a series of workshops and networking sessions around Wales, as well as opportunities for mentoring, and eight Buddy placements for composers with non-professional music makers, such as choirs, bands and orchestras.

CoDI Composer Pathways is funded by support from Arts Council of Wales, and from PRS Foundation, by whom Tŷ Cerdd has been announced as one of 40 Talent Development Partners across the UK. In addition, PRS for Music is supporting the Chamber strand, in line with their work to develop the careers of composers around the UK. And the Presteigne Festival – a Welsh organisation celebrated for its support of new music – is also a partner in Chamber.

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Tŷ Cerdd is here to nurture Welsh music – and where would Welsh music be without composers? These artists consistently tell us that they need more creative opportunities, more ways to connect with and learn from each other, so CoDI is our response. The composers themselves will be at the heart of the initiative – and we aim to continue expanding the programme. We are extremely grateful for the generous support of Arts Council of Wales, PRS Foundation, PRS for Music, and the Presteigne Festival – all of which has made CoDI possible. We very much look forward to connecting with composers from around Wales.

Tŷ Cerdd Director Deborah Keyser

About Tŷ Cerdd

Tŷ Cerdd’s mission is to promote and celebrate the music of Wales, protect the legacy of Welsh music of the past, to nurture Welsh music of the present, and drive the development of new composition. It supports professionals and non-professionals, performers and audiences, to perform, compose and experience Welsh music.

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