There are four first study composition places. Those composition students will spend the bulk of their time composing and will have the opportunity to explore ideas and write music for a symphony orchestra. Their music will be performed and professionally recorded by an EYSM orchestra towards the end of the week and then again to the audience in the main end-of-course performance. They are encouraged to bring their instrument(s) to play in Options or Leisure Activities.
Instrumentalists also have the opportunity to choose Composition as a second study, which means they will use some of their Option sessions for sessions with our Composer in Residence, Simon Limbrick. They may write individually or as a team and their work will be played or sung during the course.
Simon Limbrick’s involvement in music embraces performance, composing and education, both in the UK and Internationally. His creative output, reflecting his wide-ranging experience in many disciplines of composition and performance, can be observed in musical contexts that include improvisation, contemporary music, film and theatre.
He has created a film score performed on a building, 3 Church Walk (dir. Emily Richardson), and released Relay, a double CD of music for contemporary steel-pan and electronics. He regularly performs in the UK, abroad and on BBC Radio with Apartment House, Notes Inégales, and as a soloist.
His own compositions are broadcast and streamed on radio and television networks. Six short performative films were released in 2018 when his PhD looked at the evolving locus of new music performance. A collection of pieces for vibraphone and electronics was released in 2020.