Development opportunity for Scottish-based female composers

sound is a new music incubator based in North East Scotland, initially set up to give local audiences access to new music. It is now renowned in and beyond Scotland for producing and promoting high-quality work, for its support to composers of all generations and for attracting new audiences through its varied programming and inclusive nature.

sound’s objectives are to:
·         Increase access to new music and build audiences
·         Encourage excellence and experimentation
·         Nurture talent

We achieve these through a variety of activities including an annual festival, year-round collaborative events and learning and engagement activities, many in partnership with a range of local, national and sometimes international arts organisations.

This development opportunity for Scottish-based female composers is part of our soundcreators programme, which focuses on nurturing creative talent. soundcreators is funded by Creative Scotland, Help Musicians UK and the PRS for Music Foundation.

Five composers will have the opportunity to develop works for flute, viola and cello over a residential weekend with the support of musicians from Red Note Ensemble. The new works will then be performed during the 2018 soundfestival.


Residential weekend, 7-9 September 2018 
Location: Logie Coldstone, Aberdeenshire
The composers will work alongside three musicians from Red Note Ensemble to develop new works.
The sessions will take place on Friday evening and all day Saturday.
Accommodation and catering will be provided from Friday to Sunday morning.  Travel costs will be covered.

Rehearsal, October (date tbc)
Glasgow (details tbc)

Performance, Saturday 27 October
There performance of the new works by Red Note Ensemble will take place in St Andrews Cathedral (Aberdeen) on Saturday 27 October at 12pm as part of the 2018 soundfestival. The performance will be followed by a talk. There will also be a rehearsal prior to the performance.


The five successful candidates will be talented female composers who are resident in Scotland. They can be at any stage in their career, however they should be able to demonstrate a number of years of compositional experience, and must be able to articulate their development needs and how the opportunity would benefit them.

Please note that sound is committed to working with and supporting composers with additional support needs.

Financial support for the opportunity includes:

  • Related expenses for travel/accommodation
  • A small commission fee

How to apply
To apply for the opportunity please send:
·         A cover letter containing a personal statement on why you are interested in the opportunity and how it will help your development;
·         An outline of your areas of compositional interest;
·         A full CV or biography listing your works;
·         A small portfolio of your work (pdf scores and/or recordings of three pieces) can be sent digitally via dropbox/googledrive or links to your website or soundcloud (if applicable);

Applications should be sent to either by email to or by post to sound, c/o The Barn, Burn O’Bennie, Banchory AB31 5QA

Deadline: 18 June 2018

If further information is required please contact

We will inform you whether you are successful or not by the end of June.