For many amateur groups, the idea of commissioning a piece is a scary and remote process, whilst young composers do not always get the chance to embed themselves in a performing group and come to understand how to craft music to take advantage of the group's particular strengths.
Making Music's Adopt a Composer scheme aims to take the pain out of this process and each year it pairs amateur choirs, orchestras and ensembles with young composers, each composer writing a work specially for their particular group. In 2015/16, six ensembles were paired with six composers and there is a further chance to hear the resulting works (premiered in 2016) as BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting all six works in the week 23-27 January 2017, after the main evening concert. The works are very diverse with inspirations ranging from ancient artefacts to the contemporary refugee crisis. The full timetable of broadcasts is:
- Mon 23 Jan 9:20pm – Thame Chamber Choir with Neil Tomas Smith and the Jan Modelski Community Orchestra with Chris Hutchings
- Tue 24 Jan 9:30pm – Chiltern Youth Chamber Orchestra with Alison Willis
- Wed 25 Jan 9:30pm – La Nova Singers with Ed Scolding
- Thu 26 Jan 9:25pm – Lincoln Ukulele Band with Angela Slater
- Fri 27 Jan 9:40pm – East London Community Band with Lee Westwood
- Strathendrick Singers with Aran Browning on 26 Mar, 7pm at Killearn Kirk, Glasgow G63 9NJ,
- Glasgow School of Art Choir with Shona Mackay on 27 May, 8pm at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum,
- Croydon Bach Choir with Mark Boden on 01 July, 7.30pm at Croydon Minster, Croydon,
- Horsham Symphony Orchestra with Adriano Adewale on 01 July, 7.30pm at The Capitol, Horsham,
- London Medical Orchestra with Martin Humphries on 02 July, 6pm at St Mary Brookfield, London NW5 1SL.