Shirley J Thompson, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I have always composed music for fun, starting at school where I wrote short pieces for friends (yes, we the ‘A’ Level Music nerds) to perform. I continued writing for fun while studying for my first degree in musicology at…

Richie Wang, composer

Never stop thinking, never stop writing, always fight, always be imaginative, always fearless, always believe in dreams, believe in miracles.

Celeste Oram, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? It’s hard to single out an origin story, but I was fortunate to attend a high school with a tremendously strong music & performing arts programme, and dedicated teachers: especially Ronnie Karadjov, who modelled how joyful and stimulating life could…

Amelia Warner, composer

Have the confidence to go for it. Do not let preconceptions stop you pursuing what it is you want to do. There are no rules.

Jessica Dannheisser, composer

I love collaboration – when it works, it’s a wonderful feeling. I love the combination of ideas and opinions that result in a score you may otherwise never have written, work that is more than the sum of its parts. Of course, it can come with challenges, when you know the music isn’t quite working, or you don’t see eye to eye with your director or producer, but in my experience at least, it does seem generally to work well in the end.

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.