School of Composition

Immersed in the legacy of Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Alexander Goehr, Sally Beamish and Emily Howard, our School of Composition remains a laboratory of invention. A place where new things happen; where you develop your craft with inspirational tutors and hear your creations come alive on stage.

With a clear focus on helping you develop your own personal style and professional skills, our programmes offer intensive one-to-one training, classes in compositional techniques and electro-acoustic composition, masterclasses with eminent composers, and departmental seminars. You’ll also have the chance to try out your works in progress via our Composer Labs and enjoy live performances of your pieces by our Brand New Orchestra and New Ensembles.

Festivals focussing on the work of living composers and new music provide additional opportunities for student composers to showcase their work, and our relationship with professional industry partners (such as the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Psappha, the Northern Ballet School, and the Filmmaking and Creative Writing courses at Manchester Metropolitan University) bring real-world experiences and interdisciplinary collaborations.

For more information on the audition process and requirements for the School of Composition, click here.

Further Information

Composition Staff

Head of School
Professor Adam Gorb MA, MMus, ARAM, FRNCM, PhD

Tutors in Composition
Dr Laura Bowler BMus, MMus, PhD
Professor Gary Carpenter LRAM, ARCM
Professor Adam Gorb MA, MMus, ARAM, FRNCM
Dr Larry Goves BMus, MPhil, PhD
Professor David Horne BMus, PhD
Professor Emily Howard MA, MMus, PhD
Dr Steven Daverson BMus, MMus, DMus
Paul Patterson FRAM, FRSA, FRNCM

Visiting Tutors in Composition
Andy Scott
Mark Simpson

Tutor in Electro-Acoustic Composition
Dr Thomas Scott GRNCM, MusB, MusM, PhD

PRiSM Lecturer in Composition
Sam Salem

Available Courses

Contact Us

School of Composition Administrator
T 0161 907 5305

Admissions and Course Enquiries
T 0161 907 5465

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