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Faculty of Music

The Cambridge Chamber Music Residency 2019-20

Supported by Homerton College

The Cambridge University Faculty of Music welcomes applications for its recently established Chamber Music Residency, held between 2016 and 2019 by the Ligeti Quartet. Continued thanks to funding generously provided by Homerton College, the Residency is aimed at established trios, quartets and quintets in the early stages of their career and will run initially for one year, 2019–2020, with the possibility of its extension for a further two years. Its primary purpose is to provide an arena for collaboration between the resident ensemble and the Faculty’s vibrant and growing community of postgraduate composers. The ensemble will work intensively with composers to workshop, perform and record especially written new work. There will also be opportunities for performances, instrumental/chamber music coaching, masterclasses and participation in other Faculty and College activities. Homerton College can offer some additional rehearsal space together with the possibility of overnight accommodation and dining facilities.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ensemble to do cutting-edge creative work within one of the country’s leading music faculties. The Residency will be overseen by Richard Causton, Reader in Composition, Professor Margaret Faultless, Director of Performance and John Hopkins, composer-in-residence at Homerton College. It is expected that the ensemble will work at the Faculty for not less than six days during the academic year and perform two or three concerts at Homerton College for a total remuneration of £6000 per annum. 

To apply for the residency, ensembles should send:

  • Soundfiles or a video of a live performance lasting not more than a total of 20 minutes. This must include at least one contemporary work; soundfiles and videos should be closed YouTube links;
  • A statement explaining why your ensemble would like the residency, what you would hope to gain from it and what you will bring to the Faculty of Music and Homerton College;
  • A biography of the ensemble and biographies of the individual players. Include details of your work with living composers and any previous collaborative/workshop experience. Please also provide a link to your website;
  • A list of recent and forthcoming concerts; and
  • Two references from established professionals who are familiar with your work.

Please send your application materials (preferably electronically) to or by post to Chamber Music Residency, Faculty of Music, West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DP by July 17th 2019. If sent electronically, sound and video files must be sent via Dropbox. Please follow these instructions for Dropbox.

It is anticipated that Interviews and auditions will take place in early September 2019.