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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, Dani Howard and Raymond Yiu

The programme is open to people 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.

Applications for our 2024 Opus 1 intake will open in Spring 2024. 

“As a result of this project, my confidence has massively grown, and it’s allowed me to think about music in other ways”
Emma Clarke Opus 1 Composer (2022)

Our 2023 Opus 1 composers

Learn more about the composers selected for 2023's Opus 1 programme. 

Click on the photos below to get a quick insight into each composer. 

“It’s unique being able to work with instrumentalists over multiple workshops. Having a really high-level recording at the end is such a valuable thing”
Joe Solomon Opus 1 Composer (2022)

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