Jenni Pinnock, composer

I have been improvising and composing as long as I’ve been making music. I knew from very early on that I’d like to make music my career but didn’t know how feasible it was. Meanwhile, I found music appeared in my head and loved writing it down.

Helen Walker, musician & composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Almost as soon as I started to learn music I began playing pop, rock and jazz covers on the northern club circuit (UK). I was totally obsessed by and immersed in music and never seriously considered doing anything else in…

Alexandra Harwood, composer

Concert music comes with a blank page and asks only what I have to say, which I find much more challenging. At the same time it is liberating in a completely different way to the constraints of film music

Alicia Terzian, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My life in the composition field was born during my composition classes with Maestro Ginastera. I compose in a natural way as I speak, breath and live. The greatest influence in my career has been my deep study of Armenian…

Ailsa Dixon, composer

Love composition enough to want to do it whether you get paid or not. Have friends or pupils who are happy to perform it. Value and reflect on your life experiences, whether happy or painful, because whether music appears to be programmatic or abstract, it is all the product of experiences that are deeply felt, as much as of individual gifts.

Melissa Parmenter, composer

When composing for film, it’s a challenge because you are writing music that has to satisfy both yourself, but most importantly the film director. The music needs to tell the story and the film is so dependent on the music to do this.