Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire announce the second cohort to join the NEXT Music programme, a new, innovative programme of study to support early career musicians who want to dedicate their professional life to contemporary music.

Created by BCMG and RBC, NEXT is the only programme in the UK providing intensive, year-long training in contemporary music performance practice, offering musicians an unprecedented opportunity to learn from some of the most exciting performers and composers working today.

NEXT Musicians will receive coaching and one-to-one teaching sessions from BCMG players and world-famous soloists, and will have many opportunities to perform, including in side-by-side concerts with BCMG. Classes in contemporary music history and analysis, instrumental techniques and digital technologies complement musicians’ studies, while regular lectures from artistic directors, publishers and other invited guests from the music industry help with the necessary skills to present and promote new music to different audiences.

NEXT Musicians will work directly with the world’s leading composers on the interpretation of their music. They will have the opportunity to build and develop their own ensembles and present and design performances using cutting edge techniques.


The NEXT Musicians for 2019-20 are:

Rebecca Speller Flute

Gavin Stewart Flute

Raymond Brien Clarinet

Heather Ryall  Clarinet

Edoardo Casali Bassoon

Raddon Stephenson Trombone

Joe Howson Piano

Alicja Humeniuk Violin

Maja Pluta Violin

Carwyn Jones Cello

William Cole Conductor

 ‘Building on the successes of our work in 2018-19, its inaugural year, we are delighted this year to be welcoming a brand-new cohort of extremely talented and dedicated musicians on to our NEXT scheme. The 2019-20 NEXT participants will have the opportunity to work with some of the best-known living composers, including Rebecca Saunders and Sir Harrison Birtwistle, as well as being closely mentored by BCMG musicians, whose expertise, knowledge and sheer passion for the music of today is second to none. The combination of these musicians’ experience, and the commitment and fantastic facilities at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire will help support what we hope to be another successful year of running this course – the only one of its kind in the UK.’

Stephan Meier, Artistic Director