Opportunities & Events

Composer Call Out

Location: Aneurin Bevan UHB | Start Date: May 2020


Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are announcing an Arts and Health partnership ahead of the opening of the Health Board’s new Grange University Hospital


The project, CoDI Grange is the latest strand in Tŷ Cerdd’s CoDI initiative, which has provided creative development for scores of composers since its launch in 2018. CoDI Grange will commission six composers / music creators from across a range of genres to create music works and sound installations for the multi-faith chapel space in the new Grange University Hospital at Llanfrechfa. The multi-faith chapel, together with the sound installations, will open in spring 2021.

Award-winning Welsh composer/sound artist Jo Thomas will compose her own work for the space, and will work with Tŷ Cerdd to provide artistic and technical leadership to the five participating artists (selected through open call).

In response to the current global situation, the first tranche of the project will take place online: Jo Thomas will lead sessions by video conferencing, and sketches and sound ideas will be shared digitally.

It is anticipated that post-lockdown (provisionally autumn 2020), composers will each engage with a community music group in the Health Board’s catchment as part of the composition process – although this engagement will possibly also be undertaken digitally. Owing to the uncertainty brought by Covid-19, Tŷ Cerdd and the participating composers will take a flexible, innovative approach to process and delivery. Each of the five artists will work with a community music group in one of the Health Board’s local authorities (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, South Powys) during the process of creating their piece.

Artists’ call

The call to artists is now live, with a submission deadline of 29 May. Activity will begin in early summer, with the new works coming to fruition at the hospital opening in Spring 2021.

Submission & commission details

Fee per composer: £2000 (to include expenses and all costs) Open to Welsh and Wales-based composers. (A Wales-based composer is defined, for the purposes of this scheme, as an artist who has been living in Wales for a minimum of 12 months.) Selected artists will create a work of 18-20-minutes’ duration that will be realised through the chapel’s speaker system, but can include samples, recorded sound (eg performance), found sound, etc.
Submissions from composers / sound creators of any genre are welcomed.
Submission by application form (see bottom of this page), plus 2 examples of work by SoundCloud link (do not send attached sound files).
Submissions from composers from within the catchment of the Health Board are particularly welcomed.
Submissions from the broadest range of artists are encouraged – we want to ensure that this opportunity is accessible to all. We welcome applications through alternative methods (eg video applications).
Artists will need skills in using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) – or in the case of artists who work with a personal assistant, that assistant must be able to work with a DAW. Many DAWs are suitable, including ProTools, Cubase, Audacity, Reaper, Ableton Live, FL Studio, and Logic. If acoustic sound is being recorded, the set-up should include an external audio interface and appropriate microphones.
Participating artists must have enhanced DBS checks (or must acquire them by the start of the community engagement phase), and will work to a safeguarding policy.
See Tŷ Cerdd’s website for full details of the call and selection process. With queries, or for more information, contact deborah.keyser@tycerdd.org

Closing date: 29/05/2020
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