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Critical Mass


Critical Mass is a new artist learning and development project by Mark Devereux Projects. Providing a comprehensive programme of critical conversations, skill sharing and career development support – the content will be fully tailored to the requirements of each individual artist.

Designed in response to the needs of artists, Critical Mass has been created to offer responsive, affordable and accessible learning and development for ten practitioners who have been outside of undergraduate education for three or more years.

Critical Mass is an eleven-month programme, punctuated by five creative retreats (each up to 4 days) in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Each retreat will be centred on a specific theme. Individual sessions and workshops within the retreats will be tailored to the requirements highlighted by the participating artists. The programme will be designed and delivered by Mark Devereux Projects and invited guest speakers.

The retreats will provide a holistic approach to learning through the combination of information-led workshops, peer sharing and hands-on practical experiences. Participants will be encouraged to test and develop new approaches within the making, presentation and display of their work through producing their own events, interventions and informal exhibitions during the creative retreats.

Participating artists will benefit from regular Skype one-to-one mentoring/advice sessions with Mark Devereux every 6-8 weeks.

We will ensure each artist concludes the programme with the knowledge, tools and information they need to take the next steps in making their work and gaining opportunities for their future careers. As an entirely independent programme, we can be responsive and reactive to each individual’s practice.


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London Symphony Orchestra seeks six composers to write/curate new chamber work through LSO Soundhub & LSO Jerwood Composer+





Could you be one of the next composers to work with LSO Discovery? Applications are now open for up to six emerging composers to join two of our composer programmes: LSO Jerwood Composer+ and LSO Soundhub. Find out more about how the programmes can help you and how to apply before the deadline of Monday 1 July.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ 2019/20

The London Symphony Orchestra is pleased to recruit two composers for the LSO Jerwood Composer+ scheme's third year.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ supports composers in programming, planning and delivering two chamber-scale concerts in Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s including work of their own developed through the programme. Composers will gain entrepreneurial skills around programming for specific audiences, planning and organising events, marketing and budgeting, gaining knowledge and practical experience in how to establish and promote themselves professionally.

Guidance and expertise will be provided by LSO staff and an external mentor. Composers will also access compositional workshops and masterclasses with other composers and LSO musicians, supporting the development of their own musical practice.

Two composers will be accepted onto the LSO Jerwood Composer+ scheme, which will run from September 2019 for up to 16 months. Applications are welcome from outstanding emerging composers from any musical background who would like to gain skills to support their professional development, work with world-class orchestral musicians and contribute to the concert programme and its developing audiences at LSO St Luke’s. Applicants may not be in full time formal education or training due to the time required.

We are particularly interested in applications from underrepresented groups. Further information and application details are available on the LSO Jerwood Composer+ webpage.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by Jerwood Arts


LSO Soundhub 2019/20

Applications are open for the flagship LSO Soundhub composer programme, now in its eighth year, thanks to generous funding from long-time London Symphony Orchestra supporter, Susie Thomson.

We will be recruiting four composer members to LSO Soundhub, our composer-led resource, which responds directly to the needs of those using it. Based at LSO St Luke’s, LSO Soundhub provides a flexible environment for composers to develop and showcase new work through exploration, collaboration and experimentation; and access to vital resources, state-of-the-art equipment and professional support.

We will offer up to four new members the opportunity to undertake projects with LSO musicians or independently, with membership for one year from September 2019, initially. LSO Soundhub is open to UK-based composers who create music using any medium. Composers must demonstrate an active interest in, and some experience of, working with classical musicians.

We are particularly interested in applications from underrepresented groups. Further information and application details are available on the LSO Soundhub webpage.

LSO Soundhub is generously supported by Susie Thomson

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