Composers’ Day: composing for opera and bassoon

  • Workshop

The 2017 soundfestival annual Composer’s Day explores the two different soundfestival themes – composing for opera and the endangered instrument the bassoon. 

This day will consist of workshops, talks, and one-to-one surgeries led by leading composers Benedict Mason and Errollyn Wallen. The aim of the day is to give opportunities for composers to improve technical skills in contemporary composition for the bassoon and the genre of opera as well as developing general compositional ideas.
The day is suitable for all composers of all ages and stages of their careers. You can also attend if you’re not a composer but interested in hearing about composing in these two areas and attending the lunchtime-concert and masterclass with internationally renowned bassoonist Pascal Gallois. 

Timetable outline (please note these times may alter slightly)
10.30am       Registration, tea and coffee
11.00am       Welcome and Introduction 
11.05am       Session on composing for opera
12.10pm       1:1 Surgery sessions with Errollyn and Benedict – to be pre-booked on application form. 
Sessions will last approximately 10-15 minutes.
A sandwich lunch will be served around the surgery sessions.  
1.00pm         Pascal Gallois recital
2.00pm         Session on composing for bassoon
3.00pm         Masterclass on bassoon and selected compositions from call-out led by Pascal Gallois
4.00pm         Finish

Booking Information
You must book a place on the day in advance by completing a booking form. Please email The form includes payment options.
If you have any questions or need further information please contact or phone 01330 826526. 

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