John Metcalfe, composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I got paid 2p at primary school by Vicky Sinden to play the opening bars of ‘The Entertainer’ which meant I could buy a bun at break time. That and ‘Computer World’ by Kraftwerk. Who or what have been the most important influences on…

Helen Grime, composer

Each commission has its own challenges, this may be linked to a brief. It often feels like you have to learn composing anew for each piece and that’s tough

J P Jofre, composer and bandoneon player

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I always felt the need to be connected with music. Like air, like water, like something basic, yet special as a way of expressing my feelings. The first time I saw a symphony, I realized I wanted to be immersed in that world. Then…

Alistair Hinton, composer

listen to as much music of all kinds that you can, figure out from your own instincts and from that listening experience where you want to go next and never be afraid of hard work towards the end of finding your own way, whatever the cost.

Kit Downes, composer, pianist and organist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I started playing organ and piano quite young, and sung in a choir when I was at school. This was very inspiring as we would get to perform new choral music by people like Arvo Part and John Taverner, as well as singing through…