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 an 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.
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.