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.

Marc Jovani, film composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? It’s been a series of things. My parents started me on this road. I started playing guitar at the age of five. My mum had my uncle teach me! Then I started piano in the conservatory at the age of…

Brian Ralston, composer 

Musicians are the heart and soul of our music. The notes on the page that we write is not really the music, it is what happens between the notes that is the music; what the musician does with the notes.

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…

Mathieu Karsenti, composer

Find out who you are creatively as an artist and don’t think about fitting in. Go deep within yourself because that’s the only way you will create something that’s true to you.

Mel Mercier, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My father Peadar Mercier played the Irish percussion instruments, the bodhrán (drum) and the rhythm bones, and I learned to play from him when I was a young boy. He was a member of the Irish traditional music group The…