Ty Cerdd

Year 3 of CoDI Composer Programme Announced

Following awards from Arts Council of Wales, PRS Foundation and Youth Music, Tŷ Cerdd announces a new season of CoDI, building on the success of two years of activity.

CoDI 2020/21 offers 30 paid development opportunities, alongside a range of professional development interventions from a central CoDI Interact hub. Tŷ Cerdd has celebrated the new chapter for CoDI by commissioning South-Wales-based illustrator Katie Edwards to create a visual representation of our burgeoning community.

This year’s CoDI activity:

DIY paid pathway for 10 music-creators of any genre (including five 18-25 year-olds) who have not accessed formal, post-school music education. A range of mentors, led by Pwyll ap Siôn. CALL OPEN

Experimental – paid opportunity for six composers / music-creators / sound-artists exploring experimental practice. Lead artist collective: Angharad Davies (violin), Rhodri Davies (harp and electronics), Siwan Rhys (piano) shape a pathway that weaves source materials from Tŷ Cerdd archive into avant-garde sound-creation. (Bilingual pathway.) CALL OPEN

Opera – paid pathway giving six composers the tools to work confidently with text and narrative. Led by composer Robert Fokkens, writer/dramaturg Sophie Rashbrook, with soprano/composer Sarah Dacey. CALL OPEN


NightMusic – paid opportunity for three composers, selected from the 2020 cohort of BBC Composition: Wales – writing new works for performance at St David’s Hall’s new-music series NightMusic.

INTERACT – the hub of the CoDI community:

  • Forum: online network for Welsh composers.
  • Off-grid: a new network for underground and experimental artists, featuring online database and digital workshop activity.
  • Adopt a Music-Creator: paid opportunity for a composer to work with a leisure-time music group, in a new relationship with Making Music and Sound and Music.
  • Mentors: 4 new paid pairings in this strand which matches leading figures from the UK’s contemporary music scene with Welsh composers.
  • CPD Workshops: online training, development and networking.

Tŷ Cerdd Director, Deborah Keyser commented: “We’re delighted to be announcing this array of opportunities and support for composers and music-creators, particularly at a time when many livelihoods have been decimated by the impact of Covid-19. The response of Welsh and Wales-based artists to CoDI’s first two years has been exciting and elucidating for us – and has helped place artist-development at the centre of Tŷ Cerdd’s work. This year our aim is to continue supporting our existing community – but also to reach out to new voices, particularly through DIY and Off-grid. Wales has a wealth of extraordinary artists, and they’re telling us they need this support.”

Participants’ calls for the DIY, Experimental and Opera pathways are now open, and close on Tuesday 30 June. Artists can sign up to the CoDI INTERACT FORUM to join the Community and be kept in touch with news and opportunities.


With any queries, contact Matthew Thistlewood: [email protected]

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