Daniel Elms, composer

For composition, subconscious processing is one of your most powerful tools, as long as you “feed it” with tasks to process: don’t wait for inspiration, instead confront the empty page and work on it; put the time in. Even if you discard everything by the end of the day, it is the process that stimulates the subconscious and you’ll find that inspiration follows.

Thomas Farnon, composer

Trust your instincts – I think the only way you’ll ever come up with something truly original is to be instinctive and experiment – and write lots and lots of music.

Robert Hugill, composer

I always like working with restrictions which become challenges, and like working for a particular set of requirements. Also, the aim to fit the music to the performers. The challenge can be to make something which is accessible yet interesting.

Dominic Murcott, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I started drumming when I was 15 as a way of avoiding things in life that bothered me. Along with educating, that was my career for 10 years. At that point a desire to create something of my own gradually…

Ric Mills, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? It sounds weird to say this but I always felt I was a composer even before I realised I could do it. My earliest musical experiences were with school choir and group guitar lessons – something about the fact that…

William Vann, conductor

Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music? Between the ages of 10 and 12 I was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge under Stephen Cleobury. The musical education I received there was like no other. When we performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion in 1994 and I heard…