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.

Handel House Museum appointed Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian as it's fifth Composer-in-Residence in October 2012. Cevanne was selected by distinguished composers Michael Finnissy and Robert Saxton and Handel House Director Sarah Bardwell.

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

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

Composer-in-Residence Apprenticeship

Handel House Museum is seeking to appoint a composer who will be at the beginning of their professional career for a one year residency from Autumn 2014. The aim of the scheme is to bring an understanding of the composition process to a wider audience, meaningfully interpreting the history of the house and its two famous resident composers George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix. The Composer’s role should magnify the importance of composition to the building and highlight different styles of music.

Applications are now closed. Information of the next appointment will be announced in due course.

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