About us

AIMS: Founded in 1995, the Central Composers´ Alliance, whose Patron is the noted contemporary composer Judith Bingham from November 2014, was formed to promote the works of composers who are resident in, or have close connections with, Central England. Our aim is to encourage and foster the music of our composers, primarily through the Central Composers´ Alliance website and to stimulate, when possible, live performances with a variety of musical ensembles. We aim to provide mutual support for members in the promotion and publicising of our composers´ works through this website and in any other way which becomes possible as new technology is developed. We intend that our members should gather with their fellow composers in an informal, non-competitive atmosphere to share knowledge, experience and skills. We also plan special projects and seminars of interest to our members.

We are a non-profit organisation made up of a wide variety of working composers - anyone, in fact, for whom composition is an integral part of their creative lives. The CCA is open to students too and anyone interested in joining our group is warmly invited to apply to the Alliance through the Website Administrator. You may contact some of the composers directly through this site to their own websites. For those composers without hyperlinks, please contact the Website Administrator.

If you are a concert promoter, do consider using some of the works featured here. Societies could consider a commission from one of the composers of the Central Composers´ Alliance. Commissions are not so expensive as you may think, and a grant may be available. The featured composers would be delighted to hear from you to discuss your ideas, and you may be able to take advantage of the many grant schemes available for commissioning works.

Diary Listing: for the latest information on performances by CCA members, please visit our Diary Listing page.

Some of the previous CCA Concerts:

Commuter Concert, Birmingham Conservatoire (22nd November 2000)

Choral Concert with Kingfisher Chorale, Fraser Noble Hall, Leicester (2003)

CCA Piano Concert - Music for One and Two Pianos, University of Coventry (November 2005)

World première recording of the CCA composition “Fit for a King” (July 2013)

World première performance of the CCA composition “Fit for a King” (April 2014)

Other information:

Patron: Judith Bingham.

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, whose untimely death was on December 24th 2012, was our previous Patron and his obituary is available on the CCA home page. 

President:  Andrew Downes
Chairman and Website Editor: David Fisher
Treasurer: Kerry Milan

Webmaster: Tarot Conway

We offer a revised membership fee which is only £15 per year and this annual subscription is payable to the treasurer each January.

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Features

Theme and Variations for Clarinet Trio - World Premier

This is scheduled as part of the acclaimed Shrewsbury School Concert Series for 2017 - 18.

New CD - Sonatas Nos.1 - 3 for Cello and Piano - available March 2017

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Composers' Day 2017

At The Lighthouse, Poole, Saturday 18th February, with Mark - Anthony Turnage

"East meets West" - Recital Tour - Spring 2017

Recital Tour - Spring 2017, featuring performances of Paul Henley's Sonata No.3 for Cello and Piano,including the premier in Shrewsbury on 3rd March at The Gateway Arts Centre.

CCA's Patron: JUDITH BINGHAM

In November 2014, the members of CCA were very pleased to have internationally recognised composer Judith Bingham as their new Patron to follow the late Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. This feature allows our visitors to view her biography and links to several of her works. We are honoured to have this Nottingham-born celebrated composer as our figurehead.

Sound production from computer notation software

Music is written on Personal Composer for Windows. MIDI file is transferred to Acid DAW for sculpting with orchestral patches, and finished as a wave file in Sound Forge. Vocal parts are added in Audacity

THE WORLD PREMIÈRE OF "FIT FOR A KING" - 5th April 2014

Having recorded "Fit for a King" on the day Prince George was born in July, this was an opportunity to hear the whole work as a world première in a wonderful concert played by Serenata Winds.

FIT FOR A KING - a new work to celebrate the birth of HRH Prince George - 22nd July 2013

Fit for a King: Variations on the famous Welsh melody Sosban Fach written by members of the Central Composers’ in celebration of the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, 22nd July 2013. Compiled by David Fisher and edited by Robert Ramskill. The theme was arranged by Robert Ramskill and the variations were by (the number after each name indicates which variation they wrote): Peter J Witchell [1 & 13]; Adrian Woolliscroft [2]; Margaret Vickery [3]; Colin Touchin [4]; Martin Watson [5]; John Middleton [6]; David Fisher [7]; John MacDonald Mackenzie [8]; Sonja Grossner [9]; Philip G Joy [10]; Kenneth Gange [11 & 14] & Clement Jewitt [12].

THE YOUNG MAY MOON for Brass Quintet [2000]

This work for brass quintet was arranged from the original tune by D. J. Marshall and was set as a series of variations by eight members of the Central Composers' Alliance as part of the Millennium celebrations. The number after each name indicates which variation they wrote: Peter Crump [6], David Fisher [10], Kenneth Gange [8], Kerry Milan [3], Robert Ramskill [1 & 4], Frank Stiles [5], Terence Thompson [9] and Adrian Woolliscroft [Fanfare & 7].

MUSIC FOR A WHILE: the CCA CD [2001]

To commemorate the Millennium the Central Composers' Alliance collaborated with the hugely talented pianist Julian Hellaby and several other equally brilliant musicians to produce a CD which reflected the diverse composing styles of some of the members at the time. We produced the CD at ASC's studio in Macclesfield.

SIR RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT [March 26th 1936 - December 24th 2012]

The Central Composers' Alliance has been very honoured to have as its Patron, the highly respected composer, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, who has been associated with our Alliance since its inception in 1995. Click on his name for an obituary of the great composer whose genres ranged from jazz to the avant-garde and film scores to symphonies.

ROMANCE, LEGEND & SONG: a CCA project & concert [2009]

ROMANCE, LEGEND & SONG was one of the Central Composers' Alliance's irregular workshops in which composers and performers come together to work on pieces in open rehearsal and performance. This project on February 28th 2009 involved the pianist Julian Hellaby with Clare-Louise Appleby [flute] and Jenny Saunders [soprano].