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Composition at City

Instruments & Vocal

Students gain experience of the composition process, from developing material, creating scores and parts, to working with professional musicians in rehearsal to realise a personalised, imaginative engagement with musical materials in a range of contemporary compositional techniques.


Students develop their understanding of sound as musical material and learn a range of studio techniques through stages of the composition process, from capturing sound materials to the final forming and diffusion of a composition using the finest professional studios and equipment. Explore our studio facilities.

Moving Image

Students engage their creative imagination and discover new approaches to music-image synergy, learning to generate fluent, coherent and imaginative soundtracks that are dramatically, structurally and gesturally appropriate from top professionals in the field.

Composition Forum

Our fortnightly Composition Forum invites practitioners from a diversity of backgrounds, including acoustic and electronic music, sound arts, moving image, and improvisation, to present their work and interact with students in lectures and masterclasses. Visitors have included Dario Marinelli, Mica Levi, Lee Gamble, Úna Monaghan, Bryn Harrison, Marko Ciciliani, James Saunders, and many more.

Composition Workshops

Students are given many opportunities to workshop their music with professional ensembles-in-residence EXAUDI and Plus Minus Ensemble as well as a renowned list of international visitors. Find out more about our ensembles-in-residence and visiting performers.

Concert Series and Summer Sounds Festival

Our weekly public concert series and annual three-week City Summer Sounds Festival allow students to experience a wide variety of music presented by leading musicians from London and beyond. Each year exceptional instrumental, studio, and moving image work by students is featured in public performance during City Summer Sounds, reaching a wide audience from inside and outside the university. Find out about what’s on.

Composition Staff

Our composition staff is made up of active professionals with vibrant international artistic careers, including two British Composer Award winners, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an award-winning composer for feature films and BBC television. Learn more about their music.