Sounding Out: Stage Notes

Building a career as a composer, artist or producer can be as daunting as it is exciting, and knowing where to start is half the battle. Sounding Out is a series of events from Sound and Music aimed at giving insight to composers, artists and producers building careers within different arts practices. In association with the Royal Opera House the next event, Stage Notes, will be focusing upon the world of Opera.

Through a half-day of panel discussions and Q&As composers, directors and artists will explore diverse approaches to opera. Composer Huw Watkins and librettist David Harsent will also give an insight into the collaborative process, and director John Fulljames and Jennfier Walshe will take more in-depth looks at approaches to opera.

Sound and Music’s Chief Executive Susanna Eastburn will chair a panel discussion with participants including Judith Weir (composer and librettist), Oliver Mears (Artistic Director of Northern Ireland Opera and founder/Artistic Director of Second Movement), and Laura Bowler (composer, mezzo-soprano, and founder/Artistic Director of Size Zero Opera).

Away from the stage, Sounding Out also acts as an informal networking opportunity for artists and producers to start developing those new ideas inspired by the event. For emerging composers, librettists, artists and producers interested in creating dramatic work this event offers a unique professional development opportunity.


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

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