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Festival of

Contemporary Music


Sunday 25th April



No Matter What...




Win, win!

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New Short pieces 

on the concept of 


Click here for the Festival Programme


Sam Bullard - saxes

Ben Corrigan - electronics

MRF award-holders,

MRF alumni composer-performers


Simon Speare - MRF composer-mentor

Click here for Festival Participant Gallery

Morning session:

Judith Weir, CBE - MRF patron

'in conversation'

with the young composers.


Click here for the Conversations film

Afternoon session:

Concert of Premieres


'Returning, we hear the Larks'

new work by  

Simon Speare, 

MRF composer-mentor.

Click here for the Premieres film


Catherine U's Working on it!.heic

Endorsements for MRF:


Quoting from Judith Weir's blog-post on MRF...'

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

Thank you so much for what you do,

it really does change young lives!


Jakki Faye, parent

The 2021 scheme for

young composers

started with...

Workshops for composers,


Judith Weir, CBE;

Sam Bullard - saxophones;

Ben Corrigan - electronics.

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Click below for film from a workshop:

INTRODUCTION to Saxophone and electronics 


WORKSHOP - Starting Points

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. 

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Samby on his place at Trinity Laban, and to Pernille on her scholarship to Royal Academy of Music, 

- each to study composition from Sept. '21.

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!

                                                          Pernille Faye

MRF's support for young composers

is provided FREE.

Any support you can give is much appreciated. 

Want to feel better about all those

on-line orders? 


and select Martin Read Foundation

A donation will be made to MRF each time you order. 

MRF has been 

supporting young composers since 2015.

MRF alumni 

where are they now?

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