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.

Robert Peate, composer

Where exactly a ‘good idea’ comes from is almost impossible to say (perhaps it’s something like a subconscious reduction and unification of more consciously absorbed stimuli?), but once something pops up I instinctively know whether it’s ‘something’ or ‘nothing’.

Jeremy Holland-Smith, composer

work ever so hard, be kind-hearted and humble but have the confidence to have your sound, your voice and your identity

Kerry Andrew, composer, performer and writer

Say yes to most things, until you’re in a position to say no, and then recommend others for those things instead. Collaborate widely. Be hugely proactive. Put on your own gigs, start your own hubs/websites/record labels. Connect people and celebrate the success of others. Throw all the things you’re interested in into your work and don’t worry about trying to fit in a box.

Simeon Walker, composer & pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My parents were hugely supportive of anything that I did in general, but particularly with regards to music. They funded the learning of numerous instruments and years of lessons, came to all my performances (and still do, as much as…