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In September 2017, the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra was proud to announce the appointment of its inaugural Composer-in-Residence, James Olsen.  Already a prize-winning, established composer, James held the position for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons and wrote a number of short works and arrangements for the orchestra, culminating in a large-scale commission in celebration of the WPO's 70th anniversary.  You can read more about this composition, scored for two SATB choirs, children's choir and large orchestra, HERE.  James also ran educational workshops and fundraising initiatives, and was frequently featured in the local press and on local radio.

James Olsen with the WPO in 2018. Photo © Olsen Verlag Ltd.

The WPO wishes to build on the success of James Olsen's much-valued work, by offering a talented composer the opportunity to benefit from an association with the orchestra.  The appointment will be initially for the 2022-23 season, with the option of extension by mutual agreement.  This is an unpaid opportunity for up-and-coming young composers, or proficient amateur composers, both of whom may derive valuable career-enhancing experience during their tenure with the orchestra.

The post may include the following:

  • Composition of new works for the WPO, and its associated choirs and chamber ensembles; with opportunities to rehearse, conduct and perform these, as appropriate.

  • Running educational projects with local schools, FE colleges and adult education institutions.

  • Delivering pre-concert talks and writing programme notes.

  • The opportunity to have some of the above work professionally recorded (and possibly filmed), for their own promotional purposes.

  • Establishing links with the high-profile or up-and-coming soloists who perform frequently with the WPO, with the opportunity to write pieces for them.

  • Opportunities for interviews in local/national print media and on local/national radio.

  • Participation on the adjudication panel for young composers' competitions run by the WPO (paid).

  • Mentoring and advice from our professional Music Director, Dominic Grier.

  • Development of valuable links with other orchestras and ensembles in the West Sussex area, with potential performance opportunities. 

Applications for this post will open in January 2022, but those wishing to register interest or discuss the role, are welcome to contact us HERE.