Event details

Wednesday 16 June 2021
Virtual – a link to a Zoom session will be sent to participants ahead of the event
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Calling all music teachers! The University of Sheffield and the Manchester Camerata Orchestra invite you to attend a Creative Composition Masterclass for A-
Level teachers on Wednesday 16th June 2021, 3:45pm-5:45pm. Professional composers Kate Pearson and Richard Taylor will draw on their extensive experience to share some ideas and stimulate discussion around supporting A-Level students with composition.

Each speaker will speak for approximately 45 minutes, followed by time for discussion. For more information about the speakers, please see below.

Our speakers:


Kate is a composer and facilitator who specialises in creating and devising new pieces of music and music-theatre. Throughout her career she has also worked extensively in education as a leader, collaborator, trainer and mentor, working directly with children and young people of all ages, from primary children through to university students, and also with established and emerging artists and teachers. In recent years she has also taught community and participatory music at Manchester and York Universities.

Her work within secondary education has been to both support and complement the curriculum as well as using music to increase health and well-being and develop social skills. Many of her compositions and techniques use cross-arts elements, either as starting points, compositional aids, or as part of the completed piece. Alongside her own compositional and community practice, she has worked on educational projects throughout the country for such organisations as Manchester Camerata, North Yorkshire Music Action Zone, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Royal Northern College of Music, English Touring Opera, Opera North, Sing Up, the Royal Opera House,
Turtle Key Arts, and the Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning amongst others. Pieces and projects include the critically-acclaimed community opera House on the Moon, and The Starry Welkin (ETO), Pied Piper and O 4 E (Opera North), Noah’s Opera (Accessible Arts), Bluebeard of Withernsea for primary school chorus, secondary school
ensemble and orchestra, and Notable Numbers for orchestra, multiple ensembles and chorus (Manchester Camerata) and Coming Home and Before the Storm (RNCM).


Richard is a composer for theatre, film and TV based in Sheffield. He has written musicals (Flowers For Mrs Harris, Chichester Festival Theatre; The Go-Between, West End), opera (Ludd & Isis, Royal Opera; Confucius Says, HMDT at Hackney Empire), and for the concert hall (The Man Who Planted Trees, BBC Philharmonic, genesis, for massed choirs at London Coliseum). Also music for plays, with many productions at Sheffield Crucible Theatre including recently Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, The York Realist. His works have won two major UK Theatre awards and two Royal Philharmonic Society awards. Richard has led countless creative music workshops for all ages in the US, China, Japan, Norway, and of course throughout the UK, including for the Royal Opera, where he led the international ‘Write An Opera’ course for teachers for ten years, and Opera North, as Associate Artist.

Related information:
Manchester Camerata website -

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