Dyfed Young Composers

is a project we run on an annual basis between September – March/April.


Each year we appoint an Ensemble in Residence and invite young people under the age of 23yrs to write a piece for the group.


Support is offered by a Resident Composer through presentations with the Ensemble in Residence in September, school visits during October – December and individual tutorials in January – February.


In April the Ensemble in Residence returns to West Wales and the compositions are performed and recorded at a series of showcases. In addition, a selection of the submitted works are performed at a public concert at Neuadd y Dderwen, Rhosygilwen near Cilgerran.


Each year the ensemble changes. Over the years we have worked with string and saxophone quartets, brass and wind quintets as well as chamber groups such as the Galos Piano Trio, Electric Voice Theatre, O Duo (percussion), Piano Circus (piano sextet) and the baroque group Red Priest. Our 2018 – 19 ensemble in residence were The Hermes Experiment. 


For 2019-20 our Resident Composer will be Lynne Plowman and our Ensemble in Residence will be a trio of clarinet, cello and piano from Ensemble Cymru


You are eligible to submit a composition for 2019-20 if:

  • You are under the age of 23yrs on 1 September 2020
  • You are in full time education or have a permanent residential address in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire


We can offer the following support to anyone interested in taking part:


Introductory Presentations

Our Resident Ensemble, Ensemble Cymru will introduce their instruments, provide guidance on writing for them and, with composer Lynne Plowman, explore different approaches to writing a piece for the trio with reference to existing repertoire.  There will be three presentations:


  • Haverfordwest High School (Portfield Campus), Wednesday September 18th 2019, 10.30 – 12.00
  • Aberaeron Secondary School, Thursday September 19th 2019, 10.30 – 12.00
  • Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth Cefneithin, Friday September 20th 2019, 10.30 – 12.00


In addition to the pieces played by the ensemble from existing works we have our own commission this year.  We have commissioned Lynne Plowman to write a short piece to be performed by Ensemble Cymru in the introductory presentations. The workshop will also include short pieces composed by composition students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.


Composer in Residence Scheme

During October – December, Lynne will visit schools that have signed up to our Composer Residency scheme and deliver two composition workshops at each school.


Individual Tutorials

Anyone interested in submitting a composition (regardless of whether they have attended the September presentations or autumn workshops) can apply for an individual tutorial with Lynne to discuss and refine their piece in detail. These will take place during January – February 2020.


If you would like to apply for a tutorial please download the application form below and submit it by post or email to ymmdyfed@gmail.com


The deadline for applications for a tutorial is Friday 13 December 2019.


Deadline for Submissions

Compositions can be submitted in a number of ways and there is advice on the Resources pages of the website. 

Our preferred format is:

  • Sibelius file with full score and parts
  • PDF of the file with full score and parts
  • Hard copy with full score and parts.


Copies of the full score and each individual part, marked with the name of the composer along with the submission form should be sent by post or email to Helen McNabb

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 19 February 2020.


School Showcases and Public Performance

The submitted compositions will be performed at a series of school showcases taking place during the week beginning 30 March 2020.

The pieces are recorded during the showcases and will be available for students to use afterwards.


A selection of the compositions will be performed at a public concert in Rhosygilwen, Cilgerran on Sunday 5 April 2020, with rehearsals taking place over that weekend.  That concert is professionally recorded and those recording are sent to the composers. They may be used as part of an exam submission, or just kept for personal enjoyment.