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MRF Festival '22 - how to GET INVOLVED!

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MRF Festival '22 - how to GET INVOLVED!
MRF Festival '22 - how to GET INVOLVED!

Time & Location

01 May 2022, 10:15 – 19:50

Alton, Alton GU34 2LX, UK


About the Event

We are thrilled to be resuming in-person this year!

Join our scratch ensemble and choir to workshop and perform new pieces, with Ellen Drewe (composer & MRF alumnus) and David Gibson (choral director).

Concert audience bookings will be up in April.

In the meantime this is your chance to Get Involved!  Join our...

  • Flexible Ensemble: all instruments grade V (or equivalent) & up, are welcome - MRF alumnus Ellen Drewe will direct her new piece;
  • Scratch Choir: SATB, some sight-reading experience helpful - David Gibson, conductor, will direct short contemporary pieces with piano accompaniment;

Here are the timings and content for May 1st:

10.00  Arrive

10.15  Workshop 1 - flexible ensemble, all instruments welcome, grade V minimum, directed by Ellen Drewe

12.15  Lunch break - please bring your own

13.00 Workshop 2 - scratch choir & piano, directed by David Gibson

Workshop 1 participants please join to sing

15.00  Tea / coffee break - provided

15.30  Flexible ensemble - final rehearsal

16.30  Choir & piano - final rehearsal

17.30  Break - bring a picnic

18.10  Doors open for audience

18.30 Concert start

19.45 Close of Festival

This annual Festival is a celebration of contemporary music and has at it's heart MRF's support for young composers. This year the selection panel were particularly impressed by 3. They have each received MRF's award and are working hard with their mentors, writing music for film with Dan Keen. Premieres will be given at the concert, along with performances from the earlier Workshops, AND MORE!

During the afternoon there will be:

15.30 - 17.30 masterclass Composers in Conversation - the 3 awarded composers will discuss with Dan Keen - composer-in-residence, Alan Bullard - guest composer, and mentors, their MRF commission to write music for flm.  It is always fascinating to hear from composers about their creative process. All ensemble participants are welcome to observe, when you can.

We are looking forward to an inspiring day exploring new music - in-person!!

Hoping you can join us.


  • Festival ensemble participant

    Age 18 and up. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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  • Audience ticket

    3.30 - 5pm Composers in Conversation BRING A PICNC 6.30 - 8pm Concert of premieres

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  • Festival personnel / students

    This ticket is for: MRF award-holders & New Voices, mentors, MRF Trustees, workshop leaders, composer-in-residence, technician, music students from Alton and Havant colleges etc.

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