Get Composing

A Creative Programme for young people aged 11+

Interested in developing your skills in composition?
Want to work with a range of professional composers and musicians to explore ideas? 
Fancy meeting other like-minded young people in North East Scotland?

Get Composing is a series of composition workshops for young people run by sound, Scotland’s new music organisation based in North-East Scotland. The programme aims to support young people by developing their confidence and experience in music composition with a range of different approaches and techniques through practical workshops. 

You don’t need to have experience of composition to sign up to Get Composing, just a willingness to participate and develop your skills. The programme is particularly suited to those who are thinking about pursuing music at a higher level or those who already play an instrument and want to expand their experiences.
The programme is completely flexible. You can sign up to all of the workshops or specific sessions that take your fancy.  

Get Composing is generously supported by Aberdeen Endowments Trust, Kintore Charitable Trust, Gannochy Trust, Radcliffe Trust, Robertson Trust and Creative Scotland.


Programme 2018-2019

Taster Workshop 

Sunday 30 September 2018 - 2.00pm-4.00pm
NESMS, 21 Huntly St, Aberdeen AB10 1TJ
Lead Composer: Pippa Murphy  

Come a long and have some compositional fun!  Quick-paced and lively, this FREE taster will get you composing in no time at all with the help and guidance of award-winning composer Pippa Murphy. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the Get Composing programme.

Compositional Styles & Techniques Workshops 

These six sessions will each focus on a different aspect of composition, giving you an opportunity to develop your technique with practical exercises, guidance from professionals and lots of fun. Each workshop will be delivered by contrasting composers to give you the broadest range of expertise and knowledge to learn from.

Please contact Ellen if you need more information:

Sunday 18 November 2018 - 2.00pm-5.00pm
NESMS, 21 Huntly St, Aberdeen AB10 1TJ
Lead composer: Edwin Hillier exploring how to develop ideas  

Sunday 2 December 2018 - 2.00pm-5.00pm
MacRobert Centre, University of Aberdeen
Lead Composer: Pete Stollery exploring Audacity and electro acoustic music

Saturday 12 January 2019 - 2.00pm-5.00pm 

Lead composer: Ailie Robertson working with traditional themes and voice


Sunday 24 February 2.00pm-5.00pm

Lead composer: Tom Butler exploring extended techniques


Sunday 17th March 2.00-5.00pm

Lead composer: Duncan Chapman


More dates for Spring and Summer Terms (May to June) to be confirmed.

Cost per Compositional Styles & Techniques Workshops £10.

1:1 Sessions

In addition to the Styles & Techniques Workshops, you can also sign up for a 30 minute 1:1 session with a composer to discuss any aspects of composition you like. This can be support with school compositions, going into more depth on a particular technique or sound, or just general compositional advice and guidance.

1:1 sessions take place before each Get Composing Compositional Styles and Techniques sessions. Use the booking form to sign up for slots at 12.30pm, 1.00pm and 1.30pm. They will be run by Sarah Rimkus up to the end of 2018.

Cost per 1:1 Session £5.

How to take part

To sign up to the programme please download and complete the registration form and email it to us or bring it to the first workshop you attend. There will be registration forms available at the taster workshops too.

For more information please contact:

Ellen Thomson
Learning & Participation Manager
01330 826526

Terms and Conditions
Get Composing is a free programme for young people aged 11+. Places might be limited so if you book on to a workshop you must attend, or let us know in advance if you are suddenly unable to come. There may be a waiting list of people.

Code of Conduct
All participants on Get Composing will be expected to participate in full and join in with all activities.
Please be on time and attend the whole session.
Please keep your mobile switched off and out of sight during the workshops.
Please respect the venue and be mindful that others may be using other rooms close by in the space.
Please respect all other participants and staff.
Please do not leave the venue unless you are allowed to do so and have told a member of staff.

The Get Composing programme is supported by Aberdeen Endowments Trust, Kintore Charitable Trust, Gannochy Trust, Radcliffe Trust, Robertson Trust and Creative Scotland.

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