Tŷ Cerdd's CoDI Composer Pathways is a multi-faceted programme for composers across Wales.
CoDI Composer Pathways (codi in Welsh = to raise; CoDI = Composer Development Initiative) is the first strategic programme of its kind in Wales, and through it we aim to develop opportunities for classical (including electronic) composers at all stages of their career. We aim to create a community of Welsh composers, promoting shared learning and collaboration; to create pathways to career development and performance opportunities.
CoDI Composer Pathways is funded by support from Arts Council of Wales, and from PRS Foundation, by whom Tŷ Cerdd has been announced as one of 40 Talent Development Partners across the UK. In addition, PRS for Music is supporting the Chamber strand, in line with their work to develop the careers of composers around the UK. And the Presteigne Festival – a Welsh organisation celebrated for its support of new music – is also a partner in Chamber.
We will shortly launch CoDI 2019/20 – details of our new season will be published here at the end of April.
In 2018/19 the programme had six main strands: Chamber, Electronic, Theatre, Mentors, Buddies and Interact.
Following a call to composers, six composers were selected for the Chamber strand. Leading Wales-based composer Lynne Plowman and the Berkeley Ensemble are mentoring the chamber composers – working with them over a series of workshops to create new works for performance at Cardiff University School of Music chamber music series in April 2019.
A call to composers resulted in six Electronic composers working in a similar model – mentoring coming from Swansea Laptop Orchestra (its two composers Jenn Kirby and Simon Kilshaw), and culminating in a public performance at the Bangor Music Festival in February 2019.
Theatre offers a role as composer-in-residence with Hijinx’s community company Odyssey – working with this inclusive theatre company through autumn 2018 to create a soundtrack for their Christmas musical theatre production. The selected composer is working with an experienced mentor, and with Director Jon Dafydd Kidd and writer Llinos Mai, to develop and realise the music for the production, which will run at the Wales Millennium Centre in December 2018.
CoDI MENTORS is the latest strand of CoDI, Tŷ Cerdd’s composer development initiative, which is working to develop a community of Welsh and Wales-based composers through creative opportunities, training, events and online activity.
CoDI BUDDIES is a new initiative forging creative relationships between Welsh composers and music-making groups across Wales.
Eight composers and eight Tŷ Cerdd member societies/performing groups have been partnered through the scheme, with each pair being awarded £500 (shared equally between composer and society) towards the BUDDY activity. The eight selected relationships have each been asked to define their own creative project – from workshops, to outdoor promenade performances; from a new fanfare for a junior band, to a composer working on a society’s recruitment drive: each pairing will decide their own focus.
Interact sits at the heart of CoDI – an online hub will be complemented by a series of workshops and networking sessions around Wales, as well as opportunities for mentoring, and eight Buddy placements for composers with non-professional music makers, such as choirs, bands and orchestras.