Streetwise Opera’s Composers in Residence 2018-2019

  • UPDATE - We've simplified the brief below to make the process more flexible, and we've pushed back the deadline to the 1st of July, so that non-local composers can also apply

Award-winning national charity Streetwise Opera is excited to announce its Composers in Residence scheme for 2018-2019, supported by PRS Foundation. We will be commissioning five composers to develop five short operatic choruses that will be dramatised for performance during our Opera Hour season in spring 2019.

Streetwise Opera is one of the UK’s leading commissioners of contemporary opera, having commissioned 19 composers over the past 12 years including Orlando Gough, Anna Meredith, Will Todd, James MacMillan, Anna Appleby and Mira Calix. Our artistic policy is to combine existing classical repertoire with new music to create inspiring new opera. We are committed to investing in music creators and giving our performers, who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, the opportunity to work with the highest quality artists, through new music that inspires and challenges them.

This is our third Composer in Residence scheme supported by PRS Foundation, following successful residencies in 2014/15 and 2016/17. We will be selecting one composer for each of the five regions where Streetwise Opera runs its programmes: Greater London, Greater Manchester, Nottingham, Teesside and Tyneside. The texts for the commissions will be inspired by the theme “Community and Belonging”.

If you wish to apply, please download the full brief for composers

Application process

Please send your application to by midnight 1 July 2018, with the subject line ‘Composers in Residence application’. Applications must include:

● Your CV [max. two pages], please make sure to include your postal address
● A 200 to 300-word statement outlining your interest in the project, and your thoughts on the theme ‘Community and Belonging’
● Electronic scores for two vocal pieces that you have composed
● Links to recordings of these pieces if available – for pieces with a duration over 5 minutes, please identify a 5-minute excerpt that we should listen to
● A completed Streetwise Opera equal opportunities form