Year 10 pupil, Lauren Marshall, has been accepted as a 2014/15 National Youth Orchestra Composer.  Anna Disley-Simpson, who finished her studies at Purcell in July 2014 has also been accepted.

Being an NYO Composer is a fantastic opportunity; the composers play a full role in all Rehearsal Residencies, writing new music and hearing their ideas brought instantly to life by chamber groups formed of NYO members. At the end of each residency their pieces are performed at an informal, free concert in a major concert hall.  Composers get to harness the expertise of the NYO’s inspirational tutors, Anna Meredith and Larry Goves – and work with the guest composers whose music NYO is performing during the year.  During a rehearsal residency, composers will typically be required to work to a particular, often challenging brief: restricting themselves to an unusual ensemble combination, for instance, or writing in response to a specific piece within the programme.

Lauren has been has been a pupil at The Purcell School since September 2009, on a Scholarship under the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme.  She studies composition with Simon Speare, piano with Andrew Ball and clarinet with David Fuest.