New Music For Late Starters

New Music for Late Starters

New Music for Late Starters

Is this the most creative way to spend £5 a month?

If you agree, then please join us to help fund YLSS’s biennial competition for composers  – creating inventive new music that will inspire and challenge late starter string players.

Inspired by the success of our first Orchestra Seeks Composer competition in 2007-8, we have so far run the competition five times* and it is now a regular part of YLSS’s programme.

A professional composer advises us for each competition and runs a ‘workshop’ with YLSS and the shortlisted entrants. To date, composers Philip Cashian, Joe Cutler, Sally Beamish, Emily Howard and Michael Finnissy have worked with us, giving invaluable advice to the entrants and to YLSS.

YLSS members participate at every stage of the competition, from selection of the composer, through development and rehearsal of the selected piece, to its first performance in an open concert. Through commissioning new music we aim to support the creative process as well as broaden our musical experience.

In Spring 2017 we will again be seeking composers, established or emerging, who are keen to work with us in creating a challenging and technically accessible piece for late starter string orchestras.

As well as seeking composers, we are seeking individuals who share our ambition to sponsor new music and are willing to invest a small monthly sum to enable this to happen. Each competition costs approx £2000 to run, including a commission fee to the winning composer. As grants are now rarely available, YLSS needs to raise this sum from members, friends and supporters, and through fundraising, to continue regular commissioning.

If you would like to be part of this initiative, we encourage you to subscribe £5 (or more!) per month to YLSS’s New Music Fund.

We promise to keep you up to date with the competition, progress of the commission, and details of the first performance, through our website at

As YLSS is a registered charity we can claim Gift Aid on your subscription if you are a taxpayer.

Here is how to subscribe:

1    Complete the subscription_form and send it to: Jenny Brierley, YLSS, 1 Meeting House Lane, Acomb, York YO26 5FD

2   Start a Standing Order to YLSS, Sort code 30-00-05, Account number              02230201,quoting New Music Fund as the reference

3  If you are a taxpayer please download, complete and send the Gift Aid declaration form to the address above.

Thank you for helping YLSS to fund new music commissions – there cannot be many more creative ways to spend £5 a month!

 *Winners to date

Paul Burnell’s 3 Pieces for Strings premiered by YLSS at CoMA Contemporary Music Festival July 2008 and featured on BBC Radio 3 ‘Play to the Nation’ October 2008

Laurence Rose’s a theory of nothing premiered by YLSS at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival November 2010

Alison Wrenn’s Battle of the Winwaed premiered by YLSS at Headingley Music Festival June 2012

Elaine Levene’s Five Snatched Sonnets premiered by YLSS at Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre June 2014

Phil Taylor’s I See Faces in Everything, to be premiered in 2016.

the small print

We will contact you once a year to confirm whether you wish to continue your subscription.

Monthly subscriptions help YLSS to plan ahead but one-off donations to the New Music Fund are of course welcome too!

We will store your details on paper and in a computer database, only for the purpose of managing subscriptions and keeping you updated about the New Music Project.

Yorkshire Late Starters Strings (YLSS) is a Registered Charity No. 1088105.



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