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Call to music creators


An artist-development pathway to writing for organ

Paid opportunity for 6 music creators


Tŷ Cerdd and Theatr Soar announce Organ@Soar, an artist-development pathway to writing for organ

Organ@Soar is a development pathway for Welsh and Wales-based music-creators of any genre. Over a series of workshops, 6 music-creators will explore techniques and approaches with lead composer Richard Baker. For the first two workshops, we will be joined by internationally acclaimed organist James McVinnie – together, James and Richard will open up the possibilities of the organ to the participating artists, who will then go on to create their own works.

James McVinnie

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Richard Baker

Richard Baker

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At the heart of Organ@Soar are the Welsh language and the community of Merthyr. Theatr Soar in Merthyr is a community hub and performing arts venue with the development of the Welsh language is central to its purpose.

The converted 18th-century chapel is home to a remarkable organ, built in 1893 and recently restored to its former glory.


The 6 selected music-creators will meet and respond to the local community, and the music they write will be written specially for the Soar organ and dedicated to the people of Merthyr. Lead composer Richard Baker and the team at Soar are Welsh speakers, and the Welsh language will be present throughout this bilingual programme.


The six participating artists will be selected by a panel following open call, and will each receive £500 for their participation. Workshops will take place in Merthyr, but applications are welcomed from music-creators from across Wales and expenses will be covered for any artists needing to travel. The pathway will culminate in a performance of the works the participants have developed, which will be recorded. Music-creators from Merthyr and its neighbouring area are particularly encouraged to apply – but artists from all locations are welcomed.


All participants must be free for the following workshops and performance at Theatr Soar, Merthyr:

workshop #1

1100-1800, Sunday 5 March


workshop #2

1100-1800, Saturday 25 March

workshop #3

1100-1800, Saturday 15 April

workshop #4

1100-1800, Saturday 20 May


1100-1800, Sunday 21 May