The Vale of Glamorgan Festival and Tredegar Town Band have joined forces to create an exciting new opportunity for Welsh or Wales-based composers.
As part of the Festival, 6 music makers will be chosen to take part in the process and will each receive between 6 and 8 hours of one-to-one mentoring sessions with David John Roche. These sessions will either be in person or on-line, to be mutually agreed based on the needs and locations of the people involved, throwing open the opportunity to Welsh or Wales-based artists.
Each music maker will have access to the Tredegar Town Band – it’s musicians and resources – and will be invited to attend rehearsal sessions (either in person, or digitally) to get to know the Band’s people and its sound world. They will also have access to, and receive advice from, internationally renowned Composer, and Vale of Glamorgan Festival Artistic Director, John Metcalf.
Traditional musical notation support (if required) will be provided by David John Roche. Connection and collaboration with the other participants in the process is encouraged, as will be mutual skill and experience sharing between all mentees. Delivery of the self-identified aims of each mentee is the end goal in this process, whatever those may be.
For more information on the process, and to find out more about the timescales and who’s involved, download the information pack by visiting the Vale of Glamorgan Festival website.
David John Roche’s music is direct, determined, and loud. Strongly influenced by heavy metal, lush orchestral music, and his working-class Welsh background, David’s work has been praised for its “passages of intense expressive power” (Thomas Adès), described as “exquisite” (Adam Walton, BBC Introducing), and marked out as “bold, exciting, and beautiful” (Sir James Dyson). His compositions have been broadcast, televised, and written about internationally to millions of people.