The first four participants in a new development scheme exclusively for female composers have been announced. Balancing the Score: supporting female composers has been launched by Glyndebourne to help address the under-representation of female composers in classical music.
The four participating composers are: Anna Appleby, 25; Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, 29; Cecilia Livingston, 33; Ailie Robertson, 35
Through the scheme, the composers will spend two years immersed in life at Glyndebourne, where they will be introduced to commissioning opportunities, attend rehearsals and meet professional opera makers and performers.
Glyndebourne is also collaborating with its resident orchestras, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, as well as Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Southbank Centre, to provide opportunities for Balancing the Score participants.
Along with the chance to immerse themselves in the work of a world-class opera house, the successful candidates will receive an annual bursary of £1,000 to cover expenses and time spent at Glyndebourne during the part-time residency, which starts in January 2019.
Ahead of that, each composer has written a short composition that will be performed at one of the four upcoming performances of La traviata: Behind the Curtain during the 2018 Glyndebourne Tour. La traviata: Behind the Curtain is a theatrical event exploring the magic of opera live on stage.