BCMG has close links with the composition department at Birmingham Conservatoire, providing a number of annual workshops for undergraduate and postgraduate composition students. New music composed by the students is workshopped by a variety of BCMG chamber ensembles. It is a fantastic chance for them to hear their music performed by top professionals and receive feedback from the conductor and BCMG musicians.
Students are offered discounted tickets and are invited to watch the Group rehearse. BCMG offers students opportunities to volunteer on Learning projects and provides a variety of training and professional development sessions for students interested in this type of work.
Writing for BCMG provides students with not only the challenge of how to write effectively for players who are comfortable with the most demanding contemporary styles, but also offer the opportunity to discuss their scores within the workshop setting with the conductor and with the players themselves. This is an invaluable experience for all the students.
Liz Johnson, Composition Tutor, Birmingham Conservatoire