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Festival of

Contemporary Music


Sunday 25th April



From 'no matter what' to

Win, win!

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New Short pieces 

on the concept of 


Festival Programme


Judith Weir, CBE - MRF patron

'in conversation'

with the young composers.







Sam Bullard - saxes

Ben Corrigan - electronics

MRF award-holders,

MRF alumni composer-performers

Festival Participant Gallery

Concert of Premieres


'Returning, we hear the Larks'

new work by  

Simon Speare, 

MRF composer-mentor.

Catherine U's Working on it!.heic

Endorsements for MRF:


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

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

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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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!'

The 2021 scheme for

young composers

started with...

Workshops for composers,


Judith Weir, CBE;

Sam Bullard - saxophones;

Ben Corrigan - electronics.

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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. 



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 

We hope to resume in-person Festivals from 2022

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