In 2010, acclaimed composer John Hardy was appointed to lead the College’s training in composition, bringing together what were previously two separate departments of Composition and Creative Music Technology. His continuing aim is to ensure that all students are fully tuned in to the changing needs of the music profession.
Students with diverse backgrounds now benefit from working closely within this tight-knit department, which delivers specialist training covering the full range of compositional techniques and approaches through individual lessons and classes, tailored to individual needs. There are regular opportunities for students to pool their experience and draw on each other’s strengths. Each student is expected to take their own individual journey very seriously while remaining open to discussions relating to aesthetics and inspiration, to the exploration of outlets for their work, and to improving the way they communicate about their music.
Many students are attracted by the strong emphasis on performance opportunities, which include workshops with RWCMD orchestras, contemporary music ensembles and a wide variety of chamber and vocal groups at the College. In addition, there are opportunities to engage with professional ensembles including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as regular collaborations with Music Theatre Wales on opera projects.
An emphasis on pursuing collaborative partnerships with professional music bodies and organisations from other disciplines such as dance and theatre as well as record labels, recording & editing studios, film and TV companies, art galleries and other curated venues creates opportunities for composers and sonic artists to attend rehearsals and performances, recordings and film sets to observe the processes of art taking shape, to build valuable relationships with other practitioners, and to know how to function in professional creative environments.