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MidWinter Composers Masterclasses

Friday 2nd to Tuesday 6th January 2015

St Hilda's College and Jacqueline du Pré Music Centre, Oxford

This supportive and friendly, yet intensive, five day composer's masterclass aims to develop skills in composition with a special focus in string writing. This year's course is tutored by Scottish composer Alasdair Nicolson who has been commissioned and performed leading ensembles throughout the world.

Alasdair Nicolson

Fees range from £385 for a day visitor to £580 for full board in a single room with washbasin (£680 ensuite). There are a limited number of bursaries of £120 for full time students. Many colleges have funds to cover the balance.

Book before 31 October and get £100 discount.

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Numbers are restricted to a maximum of 12 composers.



St Hilda's College

One of the more recently established colleges of Oxford University, this college is located on the banks of the River Cherwell, opposite the Botanic Gardens and the Magdalen Bridge. The Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, the first purpose built concert hall in Oxford since the time of Handel, is located within the college grounds accommodates the composers' masterclass and allcomers' orchestral and quintet sessions, chamber groups and evening concerts.


Past composition tutors have included Tansy Davies, Gerald Barry, Sally Beamish and Philip Cashian.



This winter's course offers  

Previous CoMA Masterclass participants have variously described the course as providing an ‘amazing time’, offering ‘great feedback’ and ‘unique opportunities for collaboration, and as an ‘inspiring’ way to kick off the New Year.


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