Guildhall School of Music and Drama Composition

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Composition

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Composition








Individual Lessons and Masterclasses | Workshops | Techniques of Composition | Orchestration | Electronic Music | Analysis | Aesthetics

Guildhall offers some of the most stimulating and creative training for composers available in the UK. Our guiding principle is that composers should develop in collaboration with technically-proficient, sympathetic instrumentalists under the expert guidance of experienced practitioners.

We make a commitment to workshop every composition that you write. And by studying at a conservatoire you will benefit from a range of unique opportunities. These include access to performers, a creatively-active team of staff composers, and a host of external partners. There is also the chance to study inside a lively arts complex and take advantage of Guildhall School’s multi-disciplinary environment. Every Guildhall student is encouraged to take an innovative and collaborative approach, and you will be part of a constant, cross-departmental flow of ideas, skills and creativity encompassing Music, Acting and Technical Theatre.



Guildhall School’s undergraduate composition pathway is intended to support the creative development of composers, whatever your interests or sources of inspiration. There is no ‘house-style’. We are not looking for one kind of composer. Consequently, our community of student composers is very diverse but with a shared sense of commitment, purpose and mutual respect.

The BMus composition pathway is built on complementary strands of academic activity: Original Composition and Techniques. Original Composition activity follows a four-year trajectory that builds from small-scale chamber projects in Year 1 (monody, duo, voice and instrument, percussion ensemble), through the more ambitious demands of working with wind quintet, string quartet and 14-piece ensemble. The journey culminates in Year 4 with the composition of works for full orchestra, vocal ensemble and live sounds and electronics. All compositions are workshopped either by your fellow students in the School or by professional, world-renowned visiting ensembles and soloists.