Tips for Young Composers

Composing can be a daunting task, particularly if you're new to it. In this resource, we have compiled lots of advice from some top composers, sharing their tips and tricks for starting out as a composer.

Cheryl Frances-Hoad shares her advice for how to generate musical ideas and find inspiration.

David Arnold gives some top tips for writing music for a film scene.

Howard Shore, who composed the score for The Lord of the Rings, explains how to create music for a new film based on a novel.

Brett Dean (LPO Composer-in-Residence 2020-23) offers advice for beginning to write a new piece.

Ruth Chan shares her top tips for young film composers.

Alex Harwood offers advice that she has learned from her experience as a film composer.

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