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Spring '24 public events:  

Festival '24 presents

Come & Sing - Come & Play

Sunday 28th April

Alton College, Hampshire

opportunities to explore contemporary music, singing & / or playing. 
Ages 14 to adult. 

Are you curious about contemporary music and want practical opportunities to explore it.

Do you sing or play? Are you age 14 or up?

Join our Festival Ensembles and explore accessible new choral and instrumental music.  




Practical opportunities include: 

Come & Play...

our Performer-in-Residence, Toril Azzalini-Machecler, BBC Young Musician finalist, percussion, will lead a Percussion Workshop;

our Flexible Ensemble will explore arrangements of 2 Tangos by Astor Piazzolla, and 2 pieces by our alumni: Roots - Carrot Music by Pernille Faye, and a new piece by Felix Sladen-Jewel. 

All instruments are welcome. Moderate sight-reading ability.

Come & Sing...

our Scratch Choir will explore short pieces for SATB, including 21st Birthday Greetings by alumnus Ella Laughton, and Motets by Howard Skempton - our patron. 

Moderate sight-reading ability required.


Howard Skempton will attend part of the day to comment on the pieces by our award-holders and alumni. 

Dr Pande Shahov will direct ensembles.


Each ensemble will perform at the early evening concert.

Also in the concert, Toril Azzalini-Machecler will give a 2nd performance of each short commission for solo percussionist, by our 4 award-holders. These will have been premiered at the Royal College of Music, in March. 



Tea / coffee provided.

Bar - wine / fruit juice, will be open during pre-concert picnics. Donations to MRF. 

Participants will join workshops and rehearsals from 11:00, for:

Flexible Ensemble, Scratch Choir and Percussion.


Audience are welcome from 16:00 for...

16:30  Composer masterclass, with comments by our patron Howard Skempton on the new pieces by our award-holders & alumni.

17:30  PICNICS and bar - donations to MRF

18: 30  Early evening Concert

19.30  End of concert

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MRF award scheme

young composers '24

are to feature in

Royal College of Music, London,

Junior Department

showcase concert

Sat. March 16th '24 - tickets selling fast!


4 aspiring composers aged 14 - 17 have been awarded for 2024.










Workshop at RCM: IIntroduction to percussion, Jan. 13th, 

L to R: Ali Willis - composer-mentor, Charlie, Cameron Sinclair - Head of Percussion, Will, Simon Speare - composer-mentor, Joe, & Albert. 




Partnered for '24 with Royal College of Music Junior Department composers, in early January, Cameron Sinclair (pictured), sparkled his way through the wide range of percussion, tuned & untuned, and what to consider when writing for various combinations.

The MRF cohort is now hard at work writing new works for up to 3-minutes for solo percussionist, supported by their mentors,



Sat. March 16th '24 - tickets

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MRF alumni:




MRF's support for young composers

is FREE.

 Please consider donating or fundraising to ensure it continues. 

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

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