BASCA exists to celebrate, support and protect the professional interests of all writers of music
BASCA has a Classical Committee consisting of 12 working classical composers representing your interests. The committee, voted for by BASCA members, acts as a point of contact for composers and a place to share concerns and feel part of a community. The Chair of the Classical Committee is Gary Carpenter.
BASCA works hard support classical composers in the following ways:
- Raising the profile of contemporary classical music, sonic art, opera and community & education work through the British Composer Awards
- Providing expertise on new music commissioning, carrying out research and fee surveys and providing sample contracts
- Maintaining close relationships with organisations such as NMC Recordings, Sound And Music, Classical Music Magazine and Association of British Orchestras
- Regularly engaging and meeting with colleagues at BBC Radio 3
- Oganising panels and seminars on topics specifically relevant to classical composers as well as cross-genre events
- Participating in cutting-edge research, campaigns and events promoting gender equality in composition
- Working with MU, UK Music, PRS for Music and ECSA to campaign for better copyright legislation and digital royalties
- Providing a bi-annual opportunity for BASCA members to submit works for performance by the European Contemporary Composers Orchestra
- Partnerships with conservatoires and universities such as the Royal College of Music
More info about the 12 composers on the Classical Committee can be found below.
Gary Carpenter (Chair)
Gary studied composition at the RCM with John Lambert. He has lived in Holland and Germany and has written operas, musicals, ballets, a radio music-drama - The One Alone with Iris Murdoch and much concert music. Musical director and/or arranger-orchestrator on many stage shows and films (including The Wicker Man ), he received a 2006 British Composer Award (chamber category). A portrait CD - 'Die Flimmerkiste' is available on NMC and an orchestral CD with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) is in preparation. His 'Dadaville' opened the 2015 Proms season. He additionally works across many genres, currently with OMD and in the past with The Wombats, Michael Nyman, Damon Albarn, Iain Ballamy, Ringo Starr and David Sedaris amongst others. Gary is currently the RLPO’s Composer in Association, Professor of Composition at the RNCM, Manchester and a professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
I have worked as a composer since 1990, having moved to Scotland after a career as a freelance viola player in London, performing much contemporary music. My works include concert and film music, opera, ballet and installations. I collaborate with jazz, traditional and pop musicians; also with writers and artists; and with amateurs and my local community. I was self-published until 2006, with support from the Scottish Music Centre, and am now represented by Edition Peters, and by Norsk Musikforlag in Scandinavia. I’m a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and have an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. I enjoy supporting and mentoring developing composers, and have often led workshops. The Little Mermaid, with choreographer David Nixon, has just toured the UK, and current work includes a residency with the Academy of St Martins, and a new song cycle for Dame Sarah Connolly.
Alexander Campkin's music, described as 'fresh and attractive' by Gramophone, has been performed or broadcast in over forty countries and features on over 20 CDs, one of which was Classic FM Christmas CD of the Year. Alexander (b. 1984) has received over one hundred commissions from organisations including The Royal Opera House, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The London Mozart Players, The Royal Ballet Sinfonia, The Swedish Arts Council, Ampersandance Contemporary Dance Company, New London Children's Choir, The Theatinerkirche Vokalkapelle Munich and Neresheim Abbey in Germany. He has two BBC Proms premieres this year in the Royal Albert Hall commissioned by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for services to music. Alexander is conductor of The Oxbridge Singers, minimaLIST ENsemble and Future Opera. He studied at Oxford University, the Royal Academy of Music and the University for Performing Arts in Vienna.
Professor Adam Gorb has been Head of the School of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music since 2000. A winner of three British Composer Awards, he studied music at Cambridge University Composition at the Royal Academy of Music (where he graduated with the highest honours including the Principal’s Prize in1993), and in 2013 completed a PhD in Composition at Birmingham University. His compositions include operas, orchestral, ensemble, chamber, solo and choral, and have been commissioned, performed, broadcast and recorded worldwide. His works have featured in new music festivals in Huddersfield, Cheltenham, Spitalfields and Canterbury, and he has been a featured composer at Luton and Bromsgrove music clubs. He has had concerts devoted to his music in the UK, the USA and Canada. Adam has been a guest lecturer in universities and conservatoires in the USA, Canada, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Lithuania, Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Austria.
As an early career BAME composer I would particularly like to champion the voices of other such creatives. I am a big advocate of diversity, promulgating inclusivity and transcending stereotypes and challenging unconscious bias. Although in recent years efforts have been made with regard to addressing archaic issues within the industry, there is still work to be done in levelling the playing field and insuring the classical music field remains open to all. Having grown up in inner city London, my musical outlook is diverse and I particularly enjoy weaving urban music in to my own musical language. If elected, I’d hope to inspire confidence in the BAME talent pipeline across the sector and highlight the importance of celebrating and encouraging diversity.
Nicola LeFanu has composed around one hundred works for a variety of mediums. Her music is published by Edition Peters and by Novello and has been widely played, broadcast and recorded. She has composed eight operas, which have been staged in UK, Ireland and USA. She was born in England in 1947 to Irish parents; her mother was the composer Elizabeth Maconchy. LeFanu studied at Oxford, RCM and Harvard. She is active in many aspects of the musical profession and was Professor of Music at University of York, 1994-2008. In April 2017 she celebrated her seventieth birthday, and was BBC Radio 3 ’Composer of the Week’. 2017 also saw premieres of five new works, including ‘The Crimson Bird’ (Commissioned by the RPS for BBCSO with Rachel Nicholls, soprano). Her cantata ‘St Hilda of Whitby’, to a text by Wendy Cope, was premiered in Oxford in February 2018.
I studied composition and conducing at the Royal Academy of Music and spent many years working as a composer/musician in theatres up and down the country. I was composer in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada where I wrote numerous experimental music theatre scores. On my return to the UK my theatre and operatic works started to become known and I was commissioned by numerous organisation including the Royal Opera House. I was composer in residence with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 2005-8 including works for the BSO contemporary music ensemble and the community. A British Composers Award winner (Tarka) I've recently written operas for Trinity Laban, the BSO and a film opera for Welsh National Opera. Also active in the wind orchestra world, I'm currently about about to release two new CDs as well as teaching on the Opera Makers Programme at Guildhall School of Music
Having been in the profession for many years, I have extended knowledge of working with leading orchestras, choirs, ensembles, soloist, festivals, film music, and broadcasting, also being on various committees for the promotion of contemporary music! Coupled with these links I have been closely connected to young composers as a professor of composition at the RAM and RNCM, and composer in residence to the NYO. I am a tireless advocate for contemporary music and was awarded the PRS/RPS Leslie Boosey Award (1996). In 2010 the Polish Ministry of Culture, awarded me their Gold Medal from for my promotion of Polish music. My works are performed regularly by leading performers around the world. I am currently writing a Double bass Concerto for Leon Bosch and many of my works are available on CD. They include “Little Red Riding Hood” (EMI) with LPO. visit my website for the complete list.
Lynne Plowman’s compositions range from delicate instrumental solos to dramatic large-scale vocal, theatrical and orchestral works. Commissioners and collaborators include Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, the Royal Shakespeare Company, London Mozart Players, Presteigne Festival, Piano Circus, Okeanos, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Singers. Awards include a British Composer Award (2003) for Gwyneth and the Green Knight, described in the Times as “One of the most brilliantly accomplished new operas I have heard in many a year”. A ‘Creative Wales Award’ in 2012 supported Lynne’s orchestral writing - Catching Shadows was premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. “The result is a thrilling muscularity and sureness of design.” (Wales Arts Review, 2016) Lynne is a composition tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a resident composer for the Dyfed Young Composers scheme. In 2017/2018, Lynne is supported by the PRSF/Esmee Fairbairn Composers Fund.
Jenni Roditi, composer, vocalist and associate of the Institute of Composing, has written extensively for voices, notably two chamber operas; the Descent of Inanna and Siddhartha-Spirit Child, both premiered by Lontano and noted for casting classical and non-classical voices. Roditi has also written orchestral, choral and chamber music and is a songwriter. In 2012 she founded Vocal Tai Chi, a practice integrating extended vocal techniques and vocal approaches found in various non-Western traditions. 2014 saw Roditi complete two scores; a trio for flute, oboe and piano for Trittico and a chamber piece for Ignite/Shiva Nova, creating a score that mixed notation with improvisation. In 2015/16 Roditi was awarded two ACE grants for her new project TIC TOC Sing, two improvisation choirs where singers take direction from Roditi as conductor, while improvising their own material. Funding for a TIC - (The Improvisers’ Choir) EP has just been offered.
Dobrinka was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in 1980 and has lived in London for 25yrs+. She graduated from Guildhall and holds a PhD in composition from King’s College. Her debut album String Paths (ECMRecords) was Grammy nominated (2014). In 2017 she was appointed composer-in-residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Recent projects include: UK New Music Biennial film collaboration PULSE, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, the cantata Immortal Shakespeare, written as part of the Shakespeare 400 anniversary (2016) and the double piano concerto Together Remember to Dance- jointly commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Orchestre de Picardie, Istanbul Music Festival, BBCCO and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Last year, her Orpheus’ Comet opened the celebration concert of the European Broadcasting Union's 'Euroradio' 50th Anniversary. Tabakova has been composer-in-residence with Truro Cathedral and this season she is resident composer with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig and is featured composer at the Davos 2018 festival. http://www.dobrinka.com
The music of composer Shirley J. Thompson is performed and screened worldwide and often described as “superbe” (Le Figaro). A visionary artist and cultural activist, she has composed extensively for concerts, TV, film, theatre, dance and opera production. Her creativity is driven by a belief in the transformative power of music to affect social, cultural and political change. Her best known works, include the contemporary dance production, PUSH, produced by Sadler's Wells which has toured for 15 years to over 50 international opera houses. Her symphony, New Nation Rising, A 21st Century Symphony was performed and recorded by the RPO and originally commissioned to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. The concept of the symphony relating to London's 1000-year history was subsequently assumed as the framework for the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Thompson's chamber opera series, Heroines of Opera, is gaining national and international notice.