Our approach to lessons is based on helping students find their own individual voice as a composer. We don’t attempt to channel individuals into a particular style or school of composition. However, students should expect to have their musical horizons stretched and assumptions tested as part of a rigorous approach aimed at improving their technique.
Paul Whitmarsh leads an exciting and diverse programme for the composition students in classical and contemporary styles. At school age, composition is not always a first study but many students take lessons and later decide that composing really is their passion. Composition of a popular nature is focused on within the rock and popular music department.
Lessons are available for any student, at any level, though it is recommended that very young students should wait until they are in the Senior School, aiming to start in Year 7, in order to get the best out of the lessons.
If you would like composition to be a main aspect of your music studies and wish to pursue it after Wells at a conservatoire or university, you should audition as a composition specialist.
Many previous students have entered and been successful in a number of national competitions, some of which have involved performances by professional ensembles.