We were thrilled to be selected for the Adopt a Composer scheme this year. A couple of choir members met Laura and mentor Jenni Pinnock for the first time at the Adopt a Composer launch in September. However, our rehearsal on 6 November was the first chance for Laura to meet the rest of the choir.

Laura enchanted us by playing one of her guitar compositions.

She and Jenni introduced her musical background and the Adopt a Composer programme before joining in our rehearsal of early Christmas music (including Tallis, Praetorius, Byrd and Gabrielli). Laura also got the chance to have a chat with some of the choir members during our break.

Laura had asked the choir to fill in a short questionnaire prior to the rehearsal, to help her to get to know us. She asked for ideas from the choir for the piece she’s going to write. We had a good discussion of ideas on our choir WhatsApp group which we’ve passed on to her to see what she makes of them! So far members of the choir have been musing on themes related to landscape or sea, following Laura’s interest in nature.

We have been thinking about a concert of music by women composers for a while so Laura’s piece will be the perfect centrepiece for this.

We’re all very excited to be part of this collaborative process and can’t wait to see what Laura comes up with.

Here's what she said about the evening:

I've always wanted to write a piece for choir, and now thanks to Making Music UK's Adopt a Composer scheme I will have the chance to write a commission for the brilliant Chandos Chamber Choir! Had a great time yesterday meeting and hearing the choir for the first time, and starting to brainstorm ideas 😍

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After several years of trying, we’ve finally been selected for Making Music‘s “Adopt a Composer” scheme!

And the composer we’ve been paired with is…

Laura Snowden

Laura is an award-winning classical guitarist and composer who, amongst many other accomplishments, was hand-picked by Julian Bream to give the Julian Bream Trust concerts at Wigmore Hall in 2015 and 2017. She was the first guitarist to graduate from the world-renowned Yehudi Menuhin School, where she now teaches.

More information about her can be found on her website.

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