Composing the future
The first four participants have been announced today in a new Glyndebourne development scheme for female composers, Balancing the Score, devised to help address the under-representation of female composers in classical music.
They are, clockwise from top left, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, 29; Cecilia Livingston, 33; Anna Appleby, 25; and Ailie Robertson, 35.
They will spend two years embedded in Glyndebourne in East Sussex, attending rehearsals, meeting professional opera maker and performers, and have commissioning opportunities.
They will also be able to work with Glyndebourne’s partners the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Age of Enlightenment, as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta and the Southbank Centre.
The residencies begin in January and they will have grants to help fund their stay.
Meanwhile, each composer has written a short composition which will be performed at one of the four approaching performances of La traviata: Behind the Curtain during the Glyndebourne winter tour.