Andrew Smith, composer

There are so many different kinds of success. I like to say that the biggest compliment a composer can receive is a good first performance. Knowing I have the motivation and desire to keep writing music means I’ve succeeded in making a good career choice. Or perhaps success is a word of appreciation after a performance, knowing that my music has made a connection.

Gary Higginson, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing and pursue a career in music? No one especially inspired me to take up music or to compose. I sang from an early age, joined a large all-male church choir when I was 7, was ‘put’ to the piano at 8 and I fudged my first…

Scott McLaughlin, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I spent my teenage years playing guitar in my bedroom, a weird mix of the indie music of the day from shoegaze to rock (The Cure, Ride, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Pixies, Cocteau Twins,…

Rebecca Rowe, composer

It feels as though, from the earliest I can remember, music has not just been a part of my life, it IS my life and I am fortunate to have never had to sit and decide what career I would take; I was always going to be a musician. It’s as though it’s part of your DNA; as important to you as breathing

Richard Harvey, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Initially and very much, my father, who was a talented “evenings and weekends” composer. He let me develop the mindset that there could be a “composer” within the walls of one’s own house, not just adorning the pages of history…

David Lancaster, composer

… true to yourself and become the composer you need to be rather than the composer that you think you ought to be. Write to please yourself – never others – and be your own harshest critic, making sure that your critical reflection drives you forward. And work hard – you can’t rely on favours or lucky breaks because ultimately there is only you who can take full control of your composing.