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What is YCP?
The Young Composers Project (YCP) is a scheme set up by Birmingham Conservatoire and composers Kirsty Devaney and Joe Cutler, to support young composers in the UK. We offer a number of free courses and workshops throughout the year where students will work closely with Conservatoire student composers and instrumentalists and professional musicians. Once you join YCP you are part of the family so you will receive information about other composing opportunities, have access to reduced ticket prices for concerts at the Conservatoire, and continue having composing support through email. Each year we professionally commission a past YCP member. YCP also visits schools and planning to create composing resources for schools and teachers.

Our Aims:

  1. Create a safe space and community where young people feel free to confidently share ideas, explore their own music creatively and receive regular supportive feedback and guidance on their music.
  2. Allow young people to experience real composing practice and life at the Conservatoire whilst supporting them through their long-term composing progression.
Who is it for?
YCP is for any young person interested in composing aged 14-18. We define ‘composing’ as ‘creating a new piece of music’. We enjoy working with a diverse range of students with different levels of composing experience. Whether you create songs, write instrumental music, or improvise we want to hear from you! We recommend students are based in the Midlands due to travel but are happy to consider students from further afield.
How do I get involved?
Check out the ‘Join Us’ page to see what projects are happening. You can also contact us directly at:

When are the workshops?
Workshops take place between September to March to avoid clashes with the school examination period and in June/July. They are all free.

Why Join YCP?
Composing can be quite an isolated task at times and there are fewer opportunities for young composers to get high level support and to meet other composers and like minded musicians. This project creates a community of young musicians and composers to support each other through the composing process and we offer advice and guidance from young professionals who are working in the field.

Through composing we aim to raise confidence and aspirations in young people, develop decision making and team-work skill and inspire them to engage with composing and new music regardless of background. We encourage the young people to find their own musical voice by giving them freedom of creativity and allowing them to experiment with their music in a creative environment.

Where is it?
Birmingham Conservatoire – Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham B4 7XR

Do I get a qualification for the course?
Project leader Kirsty Devaney is a trained Arts Award Advisor and can award Bronze and Silver Arts Award certificates that are a level 1 and 2 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). If you are already working towards an arts award or would to know more, see the link below or email us. There maybe a small charge to go towards the Arts Award certificates.
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Young Composers Project gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music FoundationBirmingham Conservatoire and the Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Birmingham City University