Composers

We are pleased to present the next part of our new series - The RPS Conversation - addressing the pandemic’s impact on composers and what it means to write music in these extraordinary times.

Introduced by RPS Chief Executive James Murphy, the conversation brings together four very different composers, Sir James MacMillan, Roxanna Panufnik, Daniel Kidane who wrote for the 2019 BBC Last Night of the Proms, and Hannah Conway who writes extensively in community settings, notably working with homeless people in her role as Creative Director of Streetwise Opera.

As James MacMillan remarks in the conversation:

‘We’re used to the solitude and silence… it’s where we find our souls in order to compose music, so in some ways perhaps we composers may be better placed, psychologically and spiritually, for what’s happened compared to others. But we’re thinking about the audience all the time, and all the music we’re writing right now is for them. We wouldn’t be writing this music that’s in our heads and in our hearts just now in the silence and isolation if it wasn’t for the hope it will be out there one day, communicating and speaking and spreading its meaning to our audiences who we know are still out there.’

There are three ways to enjoy the conversation:


Watch the conversation

You can watch it here (or directly on our YouTube channel):

The conversation is filmed in two parts. A link to the second part should automatically appear as the first part concludes, but can be found here if you have any issues locating it.


Listen to the conversation

You can listen to the complete audio of the conversation here:


Read the conversation

You can read a complete transcript of the conversation in PDF format here:

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We hope you are inspired by everything our four composers have to say. We would love to hear your thoughts arising from each RPS Conversation, and warmly welcome you to get in touch.

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