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Introducing the 2024
Young Composers and Apprentices

ORA Singers is excited to announce the 50 students taking part in the 2024 Young Composers’ programme.

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ORA Singers has been thrilled to see a sharp increase of interest in the programme since its inception in 2019, receiving a large number of applications from students year on year.

The scheme sees 10 selected ‘Young Composers’ receive 10 hours of free, one-to-one mentoring with professional composers, who develop their skills in composition whilst helping them write a brand new piece for ORA Singers. Throughout the process, mentors identify and develop areas of need or interest, helping the Young Composers develop into confident and mature composers, as they guide them through the process of writing a new choral work.

Half-way through the scheme, Young Composers are invited to a Workshop, where they are given further coaching on Western Choral Composition from a Guest Composer, and they have their ideas and sketches workshopped by ORA Singers; offering further specialist tips and advice from a singer’s perspective. The Workshop offers the Young Composers a rare and unique chance to work with professionals in the industry, learning about the unique challenges of writing for voices.

The Young Composers’ programme comes to a close with the Showcase Concert. ORA Singers is thrilled to have continued their partnership with the Three Choirs Festival, who will host the Showcase Concert in Worcester Cathedral on 2nd August. The Showcase Concert will see ORA Singers perform and record the Young Composers’ completed works live in front of an audience and a panel of industry experts. Each Young Composer will receive detailed feedback from the panel, along with a video recording of their piece to kick-start their portfolios. The Showcase will also feature a prize-giving.

The 10 selected 2024 Young Composers are:

Anna Hyde-White, Cheltenham

Atharv Gupta, Chelmsford

Annabel Baxter, Harrogate

Joe Jolliffe, Waterlooville

Harrison Lee, Barnet

Shreya Sharma, Newcastle

Luke Carter, Wilmslow

Jasmine Khatib, Cobham

Tamsin Crook, Penrith

Josh Clark, Southampton

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ORA Singers is pleased to welcome the 2023 Mentors back to the Young Composers’ programme; Alexander Campkin, Sorana Santos, Florence Anna Maunders, Toby Young, and Kemal Yusuf (left to right). Each Mentor coaches two Young Composers in one-to-one sessions, as they develop their skills whilst guiding them through the process of writing a new choral work. The Mentors are all professional composers, and have each been commissioned by ORA Singers in the past.

2024 Apprentices

In addition to the 10 Young Composers, the 2024 programme welcomes 40 Apprentices who are enrolled onto a free course of online, in-depth Composition Workshops.

Over the course of nine sessions, composer Rory Wainwright Johnston coaches the Apprentices in various aspects of choral composition, including texture, harmony, notation, techniques, history and more. After each session, Apprentices are set tasks which exercise the skills introduced in each session, and receive personalised feedback from Rory.

The Apprentices are also given opportunities to hear from industry professionals, and gain an insight into the professional world of choral composition.

The 40 selected 2024 Apprentices are:

Erin Roberts, Grimsby

Indiana Bowles, Ickenham

Amar Clark, Hove

Yasmin Islam, Twickenham

Jarvis Crompton, York

Sam Murray, Cumbria

Frank Adlam, Devon

Blake LittmanPlymouth

Alexandra Pourgourides, Ealing

Melina Baresh, London

Rowan Tichener, Southampton

James Thompson, Twickenham

Kari LaytonWatford

Melanie Gourlay, Watford

Ellis Rose, Milton Keynes

Ella RoyLondon

Anvi O'Shaughnessy, Twickenham

Harry Deighan, Sunderland

Raven Gimeno, Cheshire

Saffron Nayar, London

Emily Eygelaar, London

Arthur Parrack, Oxford

Matylda Szybiak, Hounslow

Marcus Georgescu, Bedfordshire

Ottilie Brazier-Pethick, Uplyme

John Newton, Horsham

Keefer KingLondon

Eliza Austin, Wolverhampton

Rosie Hallam, Leeds

Elizabeth Maher, Milton Keynes

Lauren Bailey, Newbury

Tom Bainbridge, Sunderland

Tristan Green, Bedford

Timothy Cowling, Cirencester

Ayush Shiebu, Wirral

Max Mason, London

Rebecca Cabras, Twickenham

Gabriella Lei Tenorio, London

Ana Elizabeth GumendeWimbledon

Demi Emakpore, Sidcup

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Participating Schools

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Cheltenham Bournside School

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HSDC Havant, Hampshire

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Wilmslow High School, Cheshire

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Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, Southampton

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Waldegrave School, Twickenham

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Lipson Co-operative Academy, Plymouth

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Hounsdown School, Southampton

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Graveney School, London

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Morpeth School, London

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St Mark's Catholic School, Hounslow

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College of Richard Collyer, Horsham

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Aylesbury High School, Milton Keynes

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Balcarras School, Cirencester

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Ursuline High School, Wimbledon

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King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

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Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet

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Cobham Free School, Surrey

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St Clement Danes, Ickenham

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Manor Church of England Academy, York

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Twyford Church of England High School, Ealing

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Parmiter’s School, Watford

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St Aidan's Catholic Academy, Sunderland

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Wanstead High School, London

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Harlington Upper School, Bedfordshire

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City Of Wolverhampton College, Wolverhampton

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St Bartholomew's, Newbury

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St Anselm's College, Wirral

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Townley Grammar School for Girls, Bexley

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St Aidan's Church of England High School, Harrogate

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Cramlington Learning Village, Newcastle

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Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Cumbria

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Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Hove

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The Woodroffe School, Devon

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Chiswick School, London

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Stantonbury School, Milton Keynes

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All Hallows Catholic College, Cheshire

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The Swan School, Oxford

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Colyton Grammar School, Dorset

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Lawnswood School, Leeds

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Castle Newnham School, Bedford

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Fulham Cross Girls' School and Language College, London

The 2024 Young Composers’ programme has been generously supported by

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