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Project information

Young Composers of Dyfed

Our aim is to create a cohort of fine Welsh composers in future years.We aim to educate young people and their music teachers in West Wales on the art of composition and focus this education with a performance of the best compositions by the ensemble in residence for each year.

April 2011 - March 2012

Charity information: Young Music Makers of Dyfed

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  • Need


    Music composition is the Cinderella of the curriculum. The Young Composer of Dyfed programme aims to redress this imbalance.


    There are two elements to our programme,
    • educational, running between September and January; and
    • competitive, entered in October, with entries received in February and those chosen, by a professional composer engaged as adjudicator, invited in April to a day of masterclasses, a public concert of their music by a professional ensemble.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to improve the quality of musical composition among young people, under 22 in the area.


    » We provide an educational process in schools throughout 3 counties and offer masterclasses for young people offering compositions.

    What success will look like

    Success will be: to hear pieces of music by young people from West Wales being played by professional ensembles as part of their repertoire.

    Aim 2

    To encourage young people with talent to persue a career in composition.


    » We provide one to one masterclasses with an appointed resident composer and a separate composer selects the best pieces submitted for performance.
    » A professional ensemble perform the pieces for a public audience and one young person is commissioned to write a piece for future performance.

    What success will look like

    Success will be: to see young people developing into professional Welsh composers.

  • Impact


    Wales will be seen as a nation which produces many fine contemporary composers.


    Financial risk - addressed by a fundraising strategy which regularly seeks funding from a range of sources.
    Public perception of fairness - addressed by scrupulous attention to fairness and accessibility.


    Through regular newsletters, website, facebook pages and event.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £29,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Education 6 presentations to schools and one to one masterclasses.
      £7,000 Administration Publicity, printing, organisation, marketing
      £5,000 Performance Masterclasses and public performance of pieces
      £2,000 Subsistence Accomodation, travel

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Arts council of Wales £6,000 Guaranteed
    Esmee Fairburn £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    West Wales, UK - the counties of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.


    Young people under 22 living in or at school in the three counties.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are local volunteers supported by professional Welsh musicians and educators who advise.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Antony Griew

    Secretary and main driver of the project, carries out funding applications, organisation of Trustees and advisers.

    Emy Wynne Jones - Volunteer

    Musical adviser to the project. Emyr is a professional music adviser to 2 counties.

    John Metcalf

    Honorary Vice President and professional composer, was the first composer in residence. Provides advice support and encouragement.