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MRF's scheme 2020 for young composers

is now underway!!

MRF has branched out for 2020.
In an exciting partnership with Royal College of Music's Junior Department, all MRF events for 2020 are being held at RCM. 











for this year's public performance: 

Saturday April 25th, 6-7pm, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2BS
Booking details will follow soon.







Judith Weir, Master of the Queen's Music & MRF Patron, will be leading a composer-performance workshop, masterclass-style, 3.00 - 5.30pm. 

MRF young composers' scheme 2020:






In January, MRF welcomed 4 young composers onto its 2020 scheme:

Samby (Brockenhurst College),
Megan (Alton College),
Lia (Henrietta Barnett School) &
Pernille (St Swithins School) - her second year with MRF.

Each of the 4 has been commissioned to write a short piece for percussionist-in-residence, RCM undergraduate Patricks Skabadis. 
These young composers are already hard at work receiving lessons from their MRF mentors.
On Feb 1st they joined with young composers from RCM's Junior Department for the first of 3 composition-performance workshops - an introduction to percussion, led by

Cameron Sinclair - percussionist & composer, in the well-equipped percussion suite at RCM. Cameron's demonstration and practical session (pictured), was inspirational.

Please support MRF:

  • MRF is registered with Smile Amazon. You can help by logging onto Smile Amazon rather than Amazon, searching for your on-line purchases, then selecting Martin Read Foundation as your charity. A donation will be made to MRF every time you place an order.

  • Winchester Area Schools Orchestras 50th anniversary concert is holding a door collection for MRF. Sunday 22nd March, 4pm, The Anvil, Basingstoke. Click here to offer to collect on the door and claim a FREE TICKET,

POSTPONED due to COVID-19. More news to follow soon.

MRF has been supporting young composers for

5 years.

MRF alumni - where are they now?

Looking back...

Films from 



April 28th.

Freely - by Scottie Thompson,

MRF young composer 2019

performed by Joe Parks and Daniel Swani

Already  - by Freddie Hodkin,

MRF alumnus,

for flexible ensemble - 

composer, teacher and performers

working effectively together.

'MRF is unique within the UK’

Howard Skempton, patron 

CLICK HERE to look back at
MRF's Festivals since 2016

Martin Read, composer & teacher

links to audio and film footage and Martin's publishers

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