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CE for
Leisure-time Ensembles
& Orchestras

Whether you’re a community orchestra, young person’s ensemble or other leisure-time instrumental group we’re proud to provide you with the sheet music of a fantastic range of works suited to relaxed community musical settings.

Whatever your needs you’ll get a personal service from the Composers Edition team. Performing Artist Services Manager Isa Gibbs is standing by and would love to hear from you!

Find the perfect fit for your programme

If you head over to our catalogue search or any category you’ll be able to search and filter according to composer(s), duration and year(s) of composition. You can also select particular composer(s) and combine any of these with text search of anything from a particular instrument to a theme or type of work. Here are some examples:

A cappella choral music composed since 2000

Brass + ‘fanfare’

Chamber Orchestra works up to 10 minutes duration

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Great repertoire ideas

If you’ve already got an idea of what you’re looking for – perhaps something to fit the theme of your concert – go ahead and send us a call for works and we’ll gather a hand-picked collection of great repertoire suggestions for you. 

Hidden Gems

Making Music members receive a special discount on all Composers Edition titles and we welcome arrangements with other umbrella organisations.

Living composers continue to produce new works so there may be works by our composers which aren’t yet published but could be perfect for your performance. Plus, often our composers will be happy to make adjustments to existing pieces so they work just as well for your choir. Find out more with a call for works.

Affordable parts

To ensure tight budgets don’t get in the way of music-making we offer larger choirs special deals on individual scores – talk to us to benefit from our flexible pricing.

Celebratory publicity for your event

As a community getting together to perform you’ve got an inspirational story to share. Be featured in our news on the CE website, mailing list and through our social media accounts, with special features and profiles for your important events. Take a look at what’s new to see how we celebrate performances of new music!

Commission a new work!

As well as having the privilege of bringing a new work to life, including a premiere in your programme is a great way to build a sense of anticipation and intrigue to draw your audiences in. Here at Composers Edition we want you to know that, whoever you are, you can be a part of musical history by commissioning new work – specially composed for your ensemble.

Composers love to get to know those performing their works for the first time and can take an active part in your special event, attending rehearsals, performances and giving talks. 

Since the process of commissioning can be somewhat of an enigma, we’ve made it our mission to help demystify it for you, guiding you through what is a truly exciting process. And as ever, we’re here to advise and support you throughout your project.

Inspiring projects with community ensembles by Composers Edition composers

Historic 2020 Performance of Liz Lane’s ‘Innovation 216’ Under the Wings of Concorde

Commissioned by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and performed by Lydbrook Band, Lydney Training Band, City of Bristol Choir, Bristol Man Chorus, Airbus Filton Workplace Choir under the baton of Ian Holmes

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Super Slow Way: Ian Stephens joins forces with Ian McMillan in a celebration of UK’s longest waterway

Hundreds of Blackburn’s choral voices, including Blackburn People’s Choir joined by the Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band and soloists as well as Ian McMillan himself to tell the story of the country’s longest waterway

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Mark Bowden ‘Wylch Elm’ Première with National Youth Arts Wales

Celebrating 75 years of National Youth Orchestra Wales

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Liz Dilnot Johnson ‘InsideOut Musician’ Project

This is a brand new online community dedicated to helping musicians and like-minded creatives continue to practice and share their art through the pandemic.

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“ensemble” by May Kindred-Boothby