What is YCP?

The Young Composers Project (YCP) is a scheme set up by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and composers Kirsty Devaney and Joe Cutler, to support young creative music makers in the Midlands UK. We run courses and workshops where students work closely with professional and Conservatoire composers and musicians to develop new music.


Who is it for?

YCP is for anyone aged 14-19 who loves making their own music. Whether you create songs, write instrumental music, improvise, or use technology we want to hear from you! We recommend you have some previous experience of creating your own music before applying.

When/where are the workshops?

YCP normally takes place between October-March (avoiding the examination period), once a month on a Sunday (10am-4pm). Sessions are usually held at the Birmingham Conservatoire – Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham B4 7XR. However, some sessions may be delivered virtually next year due to Covid-19. More info to follow later in the summer.


How do I get involved?

Check out the ‘Join Us’ page to see what projects are happening. You can also contact us directly at and ask to join our mailing list: birminghamyoungcomposers@gmail.com


How much does it cost?

It is all FREE!
Any extra one-to-one tutorials or school workshops will be charged. Please email to enquire.


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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