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Announcing our awarded  young composers for 2023!

From an impressive cohort of applications,  

the selection panel has awarded 4 bursaries.

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Joe, Josh, Felix and William. They have been commissioned to write short pieces on the theme of War, for solo cello. 

They have now taken part in 2 workshops with

Joseph Spooner - performer in residence, looking at

writing for cello, and the

starting points of their pieces, and are working hard with their mentors to complete their pieces ahead of the Festival...


for which...

Plans are now in full swing:

MRF Annual Festival,
Sunday April 23rd 2023,

St Lawrence Church, Alton,

The Festival theme is War,

past and current.
In celebration of

Martin Read, 10 years on, the concert, 7.30pm, will feature his 

Civil War cantata:

The Death of Colonel Boles 
with cellist Joseph Spooner,

and baritone Paul Sheehan
conducted b
y David Gibson

Also featuring will be: 

premieres by our 4 award-holders for solo cello,

and from our alumni:

new choral piece by Freddie Hodkin;

new work for Flexible Ensemble. 



Concert 7.30pm


PARTICIPATE - sing & / or play

rehearsals from 12 noon.

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Please support Alex Ling's long hike for MRF: 100 miles for Martin 
April 9th - 14th


What do young


say about MRF? 

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Endorsements for MRF:


From Judith Weir's blog-post, on MRF...'

'...MRF resourcefully supports school and college age composers with live workshops and performances.'

'MRF is unique within the UK’

Howard Skempton, patron

Alan Bullard, composer...

'Well done for encouraging those young musicians as they take their next steps into the musical world - you are doing a fantastic job.'

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Pernille Faye 

Royal Academy of Music - composition

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!


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Samby Anderson, award-holder...

'Thank you so much for organising it and allowing me to be a part of it. I loved writing the piece and hearing it performed and really really enjoyed everyone else's works and hearing them talk about the process behind them.'

Jakki Faye, parent...


           'Thank you so much for what you do,

        it really does change young lives!'

Supporting young composers since 2015.

MRF alumni 
where are they now?

MRF's support of young composers

is FREE.

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Martin Read, composer & teacher
with links to audio and film footage.

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