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 Festival ‘22 

Thrilled to have resumed in-person!

Annual Festival of Contemporary Music 

Sunday 1st May

Martin Read Hall, Alton College

Huge thanks to Steve Kirby for the filming...




It was a day packed with new music and premieres - a mix of live, on-line and pre-recorded music.  

  • Music for flexible ensemble by Ellen Drewe - Alton College & MRF alumnus;

  • music for choral singing by Alison Willis, Simon Speare, Alan Bullard and Howard Skempton;

  • music for the film animation ‘Spring’, by MRF’s 2022 young composer award-holders:            Ella Laughton, Naomi Dragomir and Daniel Jurado-Hoshino - pictured above mid-front row, (with, L to R: Beccy Read - trustee, Pande Shahov & Simon Speare - mentors, and Dan Keen - composer-in-residence.)

Ella says:

I compose because there is no other feeling like it.




Supporting the day were:





Ellen Drew workshopping her composition:

Don't Burn your Bridges until after you've crossed them


Workshops and rehearsals during the day were followed by Composers in Conversation and the Concert of Premiers.





Alan Bullard and Alison Willis Zoomed into the Conversations


Performers and audience alike were wowed:

Small yet perfectly formed…

really enjoyed the music-making…

fantastically talented young people…

the chance to work with such great musicians… hearing the work of the young composers…

all seemed brilliantly thought through.


Thanks to all who helped to make this such a

great event.



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!'

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