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Two Manchester composers chosen for Next Wave 2 higher education programme

27 April 2017

We are thrilled to see two talented composers from The University of Manchester’s Music Department selected to take part in the Next Wave 2 programme.

Emma Wilde and Jack Sheen
Emma Wilde and Jack Sheen

Emma Wilde and Jack Sheen have been chosen to participate in the artist development programme alongside emerging composers Alex Hall, Joanna Ward, Peter Wilson, and Robin Haigh.

Next Wave 2 is a unique programme designed to promote and support composers as they transition from education settings into professional music careers. It stems from a partnership between the national charity for new music, Sound and Music, Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings.

The six emerging composers will receive support and mentoring for over a year. They will each develop new works for small ensembles of Royal Northern Sinfonia musicians with one of three highly acclaimed solo artists – Quinta, Loré Lixenberg and Luke Carver Goss.

Their new compositions will be recorded at dedicated sessions and released on NMC Recordings as a digital download album that will be launched at a live showcase event at Sage Gateshead in January 2018. 
Emma Wilde is a Manchester-based composer who is currently completing a PhD under the supervision of Professor Camden Reeves at The University of Manchester. Her compositional interests include taking inspiration from the structures from Greek tragedy alongside musical characterisation and stratification. Her works have also been inspired by techniques used in visual art and Latin American popular music. 

Emma’s music has been included in concerts and festivals in Mexico, Lithuania and Poland and The University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra premiered her first orchestral work in 2016. She has also worked with professional ensembles including Psappha and the Hebrides Ensemble. Emma’s recent successes include being named as one of the shortlisted composers for the Britten Sinfonia OPUS 2016 composition competition and she is also one of the six composers taking part in the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme 2017.

Emma Wilde said:

"I am really excited and grateful to have a year of support from Sound and Music whilst taking part in the Next Wave project. I am also looking forward to having the chance to develop work through collaboration with such highly acclaimed and experienced performers."

Jack Sheen is a composer and conductor from Manchester. He graduated in 2015, from The University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music Joint Course with first-class honours, where he studied composition with Larry Goves and David Horne, and conducting with Mark Heron.

In 2016 he was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Composition. In 2017 he was awarded the Royal Northern College of Music’s Junior Fellowship in Conducting by Sir Mark Elder. In 2011 Jack won BBC Young Composer of the year, and has since gone on to write music for the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, The Aldeburgh Festival, Aurora Orchestra, BBC Young Artists Day, Manchester Camerata, EXAUDI, Plus Minus Ensemble, Psappha, and Opera North. He is the co-director and curator of ddmmyy, a concert/event series dedicated to commissioning and contextualising experimental music, installation and performance.

Jack Sheen said:

"It’s a real pleasure to be a part of the Next Wave 2 project. To have such fascinating artists onside and alongside whilst looking forward to an expansive period of time within which to experiment is a rare joy."

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