our hand-picked selection

Our
composers

Music Patron is initially working with 9 composers representing a diverse range of backgrounds, music styles, and career stages.

Not sure which composer to choose? Take our quiz to find your perfect match.

WHO IS A COMPOSER?

The word ‘composer’ can conjure up a certain image or type of music, but we want to challenge this.

A composer is anyone who creates new work using sound or music; whether they perform it themselves or write for others, and whether they work with software, with notes on paper, through improvisation, or in other ways.

We want to connect you to some of today’s most exciting composers and showcase the richness and diversity of new music created in the UK.

A GROWING COMMUNITY OF COMPOSERS

We are initially working with 9 composers as we test and develop the site.
Read how these composers were chosen here.

Our aim is to gradually expand the number of composers on Music Patron by an open call and selection process. Ultimately, we hope to connect hundreds of composers with thousands of patrons.

Applications for new composers to join the Music Patron cohort are now open.

Our composers

Stuart MacRae

Stuart’s music spans a wide variety of genres, including opera, instrumental, vocal and electroacoustic music. 

“I’ve really enjoyed engaging with my patrons over the last year and a half, sometimes entering into some fascinating discussions about the ideas that go into my work.”

Supriya Nagarajan

Supriya is a synesthete, experiencing music through all her senses. Past projects have included exploring the sound of tea, the emotion behind lullabies, and water, in its various forms.  

“I’m looking for people to hold my hand on the journey, give me ideas, tell me to think differently.”

Yshani Perinpanayagam

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Yshani’s sound is an ever-evolving mash-up: contemporary classical music, dirty grooves, Sri Lankan parents, games, play, melancholy, and activism to list a few. 

Alongside glimpses of her career as a pianist and music director, Yshani shares early drafts of new work, ideas and reflections, improvisations, and experimentation with her patrons. 

Gareth Cutter

Gareth is a multidisciplinary artist working across music, writing and performance.

He describes his work as “casual, sensuous, and erotic. It queers systems from the inside. It’s kind of like taking poppers: vaporous and heady, disorientating but pleasurable”

Elliot Galvin

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Elliot’s work spans multiple worlds including jazz, improvisation, contemporary classical and sound installation. Commissions include the London Sinfonietta, Ligeti Quartet and the London Jazz Festival.

Elliot’s patrons get a comprehensive and authentic picture of his creative process through detailed analysis of experimentation and technique, alongside first-listens of new work. 

Laura Bowler

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Laura is a composer specialising in theatre, multi-disciplinary work and opera. Her work explores socio-political content with a desire to provoke dialogue, action and change. 

Recent projects include Houses Slide powered by on-stage bicycles; new political opera The Blue Woman and the immersive multimedia piece Antarctica about the climate crisis. 

Mark Bowden

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Mark’s work includes chamber, orchestral, and vocal music, with commissions from BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales among others. 

His new opera premieres at Welsh National Opera’s 2024/25 season, giving patrons an insider’s perspective into the formidable process of bringing an opera to life. 

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Ayanna’s multi-faceted creative world incorporates music which crosses the boundaries of classical, jazz, reggae, soul and R&B.  

Ayanna has been commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Güerzenich Orchester, Ligeti Quartet and Kronos Quartet, and collaborated with artists including Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Andrea Bocelli, Jools Holland and Peter Gabriel.

Marc Yeats

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Marc is a composer and abstract landscape painter based across Dorset and Somerset, whose music has been performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra among others.

Video diaries and digital postcards with rural and coastal backdrops enable patrons to get a close-up of his unique dual creative worlds.

Still not sure which composer to choose? Take our quiz to find your best match.

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