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Summary:Composer in residence opportunity
Deadline: 20 June 2018
Date Posted: 31 May 2018
Details: Award-winning national charity Streetwise Opera is excited to announce its Composers in Residence scheme for 2018-2019, supported by PRS Foundation. We will be commissioning five composers to develop five short operatic choruses that will be dramatised for performance during our Opera Hour season in spring 2019.

Streetwise Opera is one of the UK’s leading commissioners of contemporary opera, having commissioned 19 composers over the past 12 years including Orlando Gough, Anna Meredith, Will Todd, James MacMillan, Anna Appleby and Mira Calix. Our artistic policy is to combine existing classical repertoire with new music to create inspiring new opera. We are committed to investing in music creators and giving our performers, who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, the opportunity to work with the highest quality artists, through new music that inspires and challenges them.

We have a biennial cycle which includes one major production and annual Opera Hour performances in each region that we work in, all responding to a shared theme. Opera Hour performances take place in a variety of different venues from high-profile to local arts venues, giving audiences the opportunity to experience a range of Streetwise Opera’s work in an informal setting.

This is our third Composer in Residence scheme supported by PRS Foundation, following successful residencies in 2014/15 and 2016/17. We will be selecting one composer local to each of the five regions where Streetwise Opera runs its programmes: Greater London, Greater Manchester, Nottingham, Teesside and Tyneside.

The texts for the commissions will be inspired by the theme “Community and Belonging”, and written in collaboration with our performers through a process of experimentation and exploration, allowing Streetwise Opera’s performers to make creative decisions and feel a sense of ownership over the final piece.

Streetwise Opera’s workshop leaders will help facilitate the process and composers will be supported throughout by the Artistic Director of Workshops and the Head of Programme.

If you wish to apply, please download the full brief for composers.

Please send your application to by midnight 20 June 2018, with the subject line ‘Composers in Residence application’. Applications must include:

● Your CV [max. two pages], please make sure to include your postal address

● A one-page letter outlining your suitability for the project, identifying the region that you are applying to, and introducing your specific, and locally rooted, interpretation of the theme

● Electronic scores for two vocal pieces that you have composed

● Links to recordings of these pieces if available – for pieces with a duration over 5 minutes, please identify a 5-minute excerpt that we should listen to