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Composers' Studio is a pathway giving six early-career composers the opportunity and support to write a 5-minute piece for conducted ensemble of 12 players.


It's delivered in partnership with UPROAR – Wales's new contemporary ensemble, artistic director Michael Rafferty – and with composer mentors Lynne Plowman and Richard Baker. And it's made possible by incredibly generous support from a range of funders listed below.

The six selected composers (see below) will each receive £1000 for their participation, which will be a combination of in-person workshops and online contact through the process. 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 recording day – with invited audience.

Eluned Davies, Jake Thorpe, Joseph Graydon, Luciano Williamson,

Niamh O'Donnell & Tayla-Leigh Payne

Timeline & process

  • Monday 11 September – kick-off workshop at Tŷ Cerdd Studio, Cardiff

  • Tuesday 7 November – workshop #1 with UPROAR at Theatr Soar (Merthyr Tydfil)

  • Tuesday 23 January – workshop #2 with UPROAR at Theatr Soar

  • Tuesday 19 March – recording sessions at Theatr Soar

  • Friday 22 March – wrap-up & evaluation session by Zoom (2-hour session)


UPROAR is Wales's new contemporary chamber ensemble dedicated to new music. They develop new music in Wales through new opportunities and experiences for composers and audiences alike. Conducted by artistic director Michael Rafferty, the ensemble comprises specialist new music performers, passionate about introducing audiences to raw and adventurous new music from Wales and the rest of the world.


Lynne Plowman is a Wales-based composer perhaps best known for her award-winning chamber operas for young audiences created in collaboration with writer Martin Riley. Her music is often directly influenced by the natural world and is featured on several recordings by various labels, and regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In addition to her composing work, Lynne is a passionate advocate of creative music education in schools. She is a composition tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the resident composer for the pioneering Dyfed Young Composers scheme. Her music is published by Wise Music Classical and Composers Edition and she is Chair of ISCM Wales Section and an Ivors Academy Senator.


Richard Baker is a composer based in Ceredigion. His works are often concerned with the transcription and transformation of extra-musical material, and include The Tyranny of Fun (2013, commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber-Scale Composition Award); The Price of Curiosity (2019, for the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Radio 3); and Motet II (2020, for Ensemble Télémaque, Marseille). He is currently working on a piano trio for the ATOS Trio, a commission from Wigmore Hall. Since 2004 he has taught composition at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is currently a Research Fellow. 


Penguin Pebbling

CoDI 2023/24

This pathway is supported by the Jerwood Developing Artists Fund

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