We’re delighted to announce our Apprentice Composer 2018 is 35-year-old British composer Edmund Hunt, who will be mentored by Composer in Residence Helen Grime and receive a commission from the RPS to write for the Royal Academy of Music / Wigmore Hall Fellowship Ensemble, Diphonon Duo.
Edmund says of the scheme, ‘I’m delighted to have been appointed Apprentice Composer at the Wigmore Hall. The opportunity offers an invaluable combination of mentoring, composition and participation. I’m really looking forward to writing a new piece for the Diphonon Duo and to exploring the possibilities of accordion and viola duet. As a student in Birmingham, I first heard Helen Grime’s music at a concert given by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. I was immediately drawn to her work and to her harmonic language, which makes the opportunity to be mentored by her even more valuable. In addition to hearing an inspiring array of concerts during the year, I’m also looking forward to getting involved in Wigmore Hall’s Learning Workshops and events. Before coming to the Wigmore Hall, I had not appreciated the scale and imagination of the wonderful work that takes place with families, schools and community groups. I’m very grateful to have this opportunity, and I look forward to becoming immersed in the project over the coming weeks and months.’