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MRF's scheme 2021 

for young composers 


COVID-19 interrupted MRF's exciting 2020 plans with the junior department of the

Royal College of Music.

After the introductory workshop (pictured below), most of the mentoring had to go on-line and the public performance was reduced to a recording, only.







So... for 2021, MRF's young composers scheme is planned to go ahead NO MATTER WHAT, 

in-person, on-line - or both.


MRF Festival '21, Sunday 25th April. 


New Music for Saxophones and Electronics.

Sam Bullard, saxophonist.








Sam, who worked with Martin Read at Alton College, says:

I think about Martin and his influence often, and this is something I would love to be involved in. 

MRF is delighted to again be working with: 

Samby Anderson (Brockenhurst College) and 

Pernille Faye (St Swithins School, Winchester),

its 2020 support for them having been so disrupted.


7 of our MRF Alumni have taken up the challenge of

writing for the instruments / voices in their Collective. They will create 7 new short works for combinations of:

piano / melodica, trombone / baritone horn, viola / violin, 

clarinet / bass clarinet, violin, trombone, tenor sax / voice, and various percussion.





Using the magic of technology, the respective parts of these new works will be recorded seperately for combining on-line. This ensures in-person and  / or on-line performance at the Festival, guarenteeing this

inspiring event will take place...



Further information to follow soon.



to Pernille (pictured),

on her scholarship to study composition at the Royal Academy of Music

from September 2021. 

MRF has been a massive help in getting me to where I am today and I will always be so grateful for all of the support I’ve received. I’m so excited!

MRF has been supporting young composers 

since 2015.

MRF alumni - where are they now?

You can support MRF... while 

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All funds raised will help realise MRF’s Great Plans for 2021. 


Looking back...

short films from 



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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