Each year, the BBC Proms launches a competition for young composers (check it out at https://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/newhorizons/youngcomposers.shtml), and this year the BBC's 6 Performing Groups have been involved in the early stages of the competition by hosting a Composers' Lab. The aim of these Labs is to help any young composer learn a bit more about how to write a new piece of music. Any style is catered for, with the only condition being that it must be written down.
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra hosted their Lab at Glasgow's City Hall on Sunday 18 February, when a group of composers from both Scotland and the north of England joined 4 members of the orchestra and composer Peter Wiegold for a day of musical exploration and discovery. We covered a lot of ground....everything from analysing Stravinsky to jamming as a band!
Composers always love having access to professional musicians as they write their music. They can try things out, suggest different techniques, explain which registers on their instruments sound best for different textures...the list is endless. If you're aged between 12 and 18 and are writing a piece for the BBC Proms Inspire Competition, you can ask a member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra any question about your music. Just add your question to the BBC SSO Blog, and we'll do our best to give you an answer.
Go on, get creative!