Composer Academy

Cheltenham Composer Academy 2017

The 5th Cheltenham Composer Academy will run from Sunday 9 July – Sunday 16 July 2017. Participants will have their compositions workshopped, performed and recorded, attend a range of premiere performances at the Cheltenham Music Festival, and have access to industry professionals in a series of panel talks that will discuss craft and contemporary aesthetics along with career development. Workshops will be steered by a range of composers whose new works are being heard during the Festival.

Michael Zev Gordon

We are delighted that Michael Zev Gordon, Professor of Composition at the University of Birmingham, is the Director of the Cheltenham Composer Academy from 2016-18.

How do I apply?

Applications will be accepted from spring 2017. Check back here for full details and to apply.

Please contact our Music Festival team with any questions at

When will I find out if my application is successful?

We aim to contact all applicants a month after the application deadline.

What will I gain from taking part in the Academy?

As well as a high-quality performance and recording of your new work, you will enjoy contact with specialists in the performance of new music and those working in the industry – and a chance to discuss ideas, issues and questions with like-minded peers. Above all, everyone who’s taken part so far has had a lot of fun!

The composer academy was a great experience, and really helped me to know the goals I should aim for as an emerging composer. I am still in awe and admiration of how impressive the quality of the composing was.

Joe, 2016 Participant

This has been the most extraordinary five days. I have been provoked to listen really hard, think really hard and respond coherently. I have been part of a wonderful group of composers – all trying to organise sound in a whole-hearted and fully-engaged way.

2015 Composer

Supported by John Mumford and Penny McCracken, The Idlewild Trust, The Marychurch Fellowship, The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation and The Radcliffe Trust