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 | 2-4pm
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 | 2-5pm
NESMS, 21 Huntly St, Aberdeen AB10 1TJ
Lead composer: Edwin Hillierexploring how to develop ideas  

Sunday 2 December 2018 | 2-5pm
MacRobert Centre, University of Aberdeen
Lead Composer: Pete Stollery exploring Audacity and electro acoustic music

Sunday 13 January 2019 | 2-5pm
NESMS, 21 Huntly St, Aberdeen AB10 1TJ
Lead Composer: Ailie Robertson exploring words and traditional tunes

Sunday 3 February 2019 | 2-5pm
NESMS, 21 Huntly St, Aberdeen AB10 1TJ
Lead composer: Thomas Butler exploring extended techniques

Sunday 17 March 2019 | 2-5pm 
MacRobert Centre (R055), University of Aberdeen
Lead composer: Duncan Chapman exploring different and cross-art approaches

Cost per Compositional Styles & Techniques Workshop - £10.

Summer Term: Development Sessions 

For the final three sessions of the year you will get to put all the skills and ideas you have developed into practice by writing a a new piece from start to finish. These workshops will draw upon ideas and techniques taught throughout the year, from getting stated to developing themes. You can even bring along your sketches from previous workshops to use for your piece. You will also get to rehearse with musicians and work on score preparation.

Sunday 19 May | 10am-1pm & 2-5pm | putting it all together #1 & #2
Sunday 9 June | 2-5pm with a sharing @ 4.30pm (open to family and friends) | putting it all together #3

Lead composer: Pete Stollery

Venue: Room 055, MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen

Other things to note: Bring a packed lunch to the first day, and an instrument to play that you’d like to compose for. Pianos will be available at the university.

Cost per Development Session - £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, 1pm 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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