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Each year we select eight Opus 1 composers, who receive the opportunity to write for a group of Britten Sinfonia musicians and to take part in workshops and a recording day, receiving advice and feedback from both our musicians and the Opus 1 Programme Directors, Raymond Yiu and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

The programme is open to adults of all ages who are based in the UK and interested in composing music for our players. It is designed to be a “first step on the ladder” for people who have not taken part in similar schemes before.

Announcing our 2024 Opus 1 composers

Announcing our 2024 Opus 1 composers

Announcing the eight composers selected for Opus 1 2024
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“I feel I have learnt such a great deal from this experience, not just about composition, but about how to carry myself as a musician and how to work collaboratively with others.”
James Preller Opus 1 Composer (2023)
“Opus 1 has made me feel more confident about the music that I write, helping me to rediscover a love for composing by working with a really high calibre of ensemble. There was a collaborative richness that emerged from working with the same people over an extended period of time (not just the musicians, but also the wider organisation in general), and the culmination of the scheme in a high-quality concert/recording offered additional meaning and motivation to the process.”
Ed Driver Opus 1 Composer (2023)

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