The Trust is delighted to be supporting the launch of an exciting new development in music education: The Alternative Conservatoire, whose first students start their course today.

The Alternative Conservatoire addresses innovation in art with innovation in pedagogy, providing a three-month accelerator course aimed at today’s culturally and aesthetically complex composer and music creator. Founded and directed by Joel Bell and Bushra El-Turk (whose Saffron Dusk for string quartet was commissioned by the Trust), the Alternative Conservatoire is designed to provide what traditional university and conservatoire courses do not. We hope that Hans Keller (who was famously suspicious of institutional music education courses) would approve!

Find out more here — and discover the first group of composers taking part in the 2024 course here.

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