opensound: online composers' workshops

  • Workshop
  • Free event

Free online workshops open to all composers. 

Composing for double-bass with Luke Styles
Thu 20 January @ 5.30-6.30pm 

In this workshop for composing for double bass, composer Luke Styles will outline the different qualities of the instrument's register and unique timbral qualities. Luke will share examples from his own work for double bass, including Five Phase Sphere from the recent soundfestival, and other solo works by a range of contemporary composers.

Composing for trumpet (including microtonal trumpet) with Stephen Altoft
Thu 3 February @ 5.30-6.30pm

After a brief introduction to the mechanics of the instrument, Stephen will demonstrate contemporary trumpet techniques (including mutes!) before showing his microtonal trumpets and flugelhorn.

Stephen Altoft is dedicated to the creation of new repertoire for the trumpet. As a solo artist, and with percussionist Lee Ferguson as duo Contour, he has given concerts throughout Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada. He has appeared at the American Festival of Microtonal Music (New York), the New England Conservatory for the Boston Microtonal Society, the Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival (South Korea),  "Mikrotöne: Small is beautiful” Symposium (Mozarteum, Salzburg), and EUROMicroFest (Freiburg, Germany).

Stephen is co-director of Microtonal Projects, and Manages the EUROMicroFest.

PRS for composers with Daniel Lewis       
Thu 3 March @ 5.30-6.30pm              

In PRS for Composers, Daniel Lewis (Classical Relationship Manager at PRS for Music) will cover the fundamentals of copyright and royalties from a composers’ perspective. We will look at what rights are granted to composers under UK copyright law, and the means through which composers can grant permission for others to perform their work. PRS for Music plays an important role in protecting the value of copyright, and Daniel will explain exactly how the organisation works – whether it involves concert performances, gigs in pubs and clubs, broadcasts, or streaming. Finally, the session will end with a Q&A covering everything from copyright and royalties to licensing and publishing.

Click book on the right to register in advance for each session. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.