Handel House Museum’s Composer-in-Residence scheme is an innovative and forward thinking approach to education and new music at the House.

The Composer-in-Residence Scheme established in 2005 gives a professional composer a two year opportunity to be inspired by Handel's music, life and the building in which he lived and composed for 36 years. The scheme places the Composer at the centre of the Museum's learning programmes, bringing the activity of composition back into Handel's home and encouraging a wide audience to enjoy and appreciate composition and performance.


Edwin Hillier with Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

Composer-in-Residence Apprentice

Handel House is delighted to announce that it has appointed Edwin Hillier as its first Composer-in-Residence Apprentice. He will begin his year-long residency in October 2014.

Handel House has run a Composer-in-Residence programme since 2005 which has proved enormously popular and successful. This year Handel House has decided to focus on nurturing a composer at the beginning of their professional career. Its aim is to bring an understanding of the composition process to a wider audience, meaningfully interpreting the history of the house and its two famous residents: George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix.

Edwin will be given the opportunity to assist in the museum’s learning programme in partnership with the London Handel Festival; to document their experiences on the Composer-in-the-House blog; to write one commission in response to the house; and to programme a concert series at Handel House.

Sarah Bardwell, Handel House Director says of the post:

I am always surprised by the level of talent when recruiting for the Handel House Composer-in-Residence and this year is no different. Whilst slightly repositioning the residency to support a composer at the start of their career, each applicant has been outstanding. I am sure Edwin will make a huge impact during his time herebeing inspired by two musical greats: Handel and Hendrix.

Edwin says of his appointment:

I was absolutely delighted to hear that I had been appointed as Composer-in-Residence Apprentice at Handel House for 2014-15. The role is a perfect combination of two things fundamental to me: composition and education. I'm so excited to begin the post, to be inspired by the building and creative environment, to create new works to be performed here, and to inspire others through music both old and new.

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian is Handel House's Composer-in-Residence 2012-2014

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian is a composer, singer, harper and dancer of Anglo- Armenian descent and combines her heritage, surroundings, popular and experimental music as inspiration for her work. A graduate from Cambridge University and Trinity Laban, she has enjoyed writing a diverse array of works which include pieces for choir, orchestra, chamber ensemble, pop, global, film, dance and theatre.

Cevanne was selected for the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Young Composers Scheme in 2010-2011 and in 2009 she was nominated for the British Composer Award. Cevanne also co-founded the 2009 ‘Out of Neverland’ festival in Thorpeness, Suffolk, to bring exceptional, affordable performances to one of the most isolated areas in the UK.

Composer-in-the-House Blog | Website | Twitter |Youtube 

Hear some of the fantastic feedback from teachers and schools on the exciting workshops and events Cevanne has led so far:

"It was a fascinating and very enjoyable experience, one I would recommend to any piano teacher who wants to introduce their students to the variety and excitement of Baroque music." -SE22 Piano School and Frances Wilson's Piano Studio

"Pupils were able to hear their own compositions on the harpsichord and connect it to their own knowledge of Handel, to the tour and the house." -Chloe Yangopoulos, The Archbishop Laufranc School

"Having the children in the actual room where Messiah was composed was fantastic!" -Helen Tierney, Queen Elizabeth Girls School

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