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Jerwood Opera Writing Programme

Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowships

Aldeburgh Music and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation are delighted to announce four Fellowships for new opera projects.

At the end of November 2011, Aldeburgh Music invited applications for Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowships from composers and writers and their collaborators who want to develop a particular opera project for commission and performance. Fellowships will give support during the development of a new opera by providing a collaborative, supportive environment, as well as financial and practical support and expertise, such as workshops and mentoring. The Fellowships follow on from the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme Foundation course in 2010/11, in which twenty composers, writers and directors were given a grounding in creating new opera.

Over sixty applications were submitted from countries worldwide and the following four proposals have each been awarded a Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship.

Knots and Do-Nots – composer Sasha Siem and director Ted Huffman
Pleasure – composer Mark Simpson and writer Melanie Challenger
Thanatophobia – composer Joanna Lee and writer Hannah Silva
Beyond the Pale – composer Benjamin Scheuer, writer Tom Swift and director Tom Creed


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Foundation Week One, November 2010. Photo: Aaron Holloway-Nahum

Jerwood Opera Writing Programme

‘Every moment of those precious rehearsal hours was instructive. There is no substitute for actually writing and rehearsing an opera.’ – Marcy Kahan

‘It was a remarkable experience and I think every participant came to realise how unique, exciting and special the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme is. I will definitely write opera in the future.’ – Jack Underwood

Jerwood Opera Writing Programme Blog

Foundation participant, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, shares his thoughts of the first, second and third weeks in these fascinating blog posts.

Week 1 Blog

Week 2 Blog

Week 3 Blog