...an interesting evening was had by all.
[Roger Jones]

My repeated use of the adjective "brilliant" here is quite deliberate!
Very well recommended.
[Ian Milnes]

Congratulations to the Alliance for putting on such a stimulating programme of this relatively little-known music.
Strongly recommended to enterprising listeners.
[Philip Scowcroft]

12th member of the British Academy Regional Network
........See our live, online catalogue of music by Severnside Composers Alliance members - click on Search Scores… and then search our new music database! Over 200 scores now listed... View the scores, listen to excerpts! You can place orders for our two CDs at Dunelm Records. Click on News & Events for information about forthcoming concerts and Composer Talks..........Find a performer in Bristol or Bath by searching our new listings page.

See the latest compositions by our composers!




2016-2017 season

Severnside composers performing and directing their own music
Bristol Music Club St. Paul’s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LP

Friday 21 October 7.30pm
Thomas Merton, Shakespeare, eco-poems and non-sense verse, set to music by James D’Angelo, Jolyon Laycock, Sulyen Caradon and Julian Dale, plus piano music by Steven Kings, John Pitts and Raymond Warren.

Saturday 22 October
Conference 10.00am-4.00pm
"...Boulez is dead ‒ Boulez lives on…"
Celebrated French composer and musician Pierre Boulez died in January. In a series of talks and open seminars, leading West-Country composers discuss his influence on their music and on the state of con-temporary classical music today.
(Submission details to be published in due course)

Saturday 22 October 7.30pm
Music for wind instruments, guitar and piano by Gilbert Biberian, Frank Harvey, Clement Jewitt, Blasio Kavuma, David Simmonds & Tim Warren.

Concert tickets £10 (£8)
Weekend pass (includes both concerts plus conference) £15
Friday 21 October 19.30
Saturday 22 October 19.30
Weekend pass

St. Cecilia’s Day Concert
Madeleine Mitchell ‒ violin
Geoffrey Poole ‒ piano
St George’s Bristol,
Great George Street, (off Park Street) Bristol, BS1 5RR
Tuesday 22 November 2016 7.30pm

…One of Britain's liveliest musical forces, the indefatigably adventurous violinist, Madeleine Mitchell.
Richard Morrison, the Times
A violinist in a million,…staggering virtuosity and unparalleled musicianship.
Michael Tumelty, Glasgow Herald

Last year the celebrated international violinist Madeleine Mitchell invited SCA composers to write for her. So many outstanding works were received, in such a rich and fascinating range of musical styles that she and pianist Geoffrey Poole agreed to give two programmes. Following their memorable first visit in April, they return to play Olivier Messiaen’s impressionistic Variations, as well as works by Raymond Warren and Steven Kings, and the world premiere of Jolyon Laycock’s violin sonata inspired by a painting by Salvador Dali ‒ a new programme that promises to be as inspirational as their first.

Tickets £12 (£9)

Order Madeleine Mitchell tickets here

Thank you to our 2016 supporters!
We gratefully acknowledge the kind and on-going support of the Paragon Music Trust who administer funds left to them by the late Leo Reid Baker. Their financial support has greatly assisted the putting on of numerous SCA events.

New CD now available:
Landscapes in Sound ... £10
(plus £1 P&P)

Featuring music by David Simmonds, Jolyon Laycock, Sulyen Caradon, Andre Shlimon and Frank Harvey, recorded at Clevedon Court, Somerset, and Bristol Music Club.

August 2016
Jonathan Palmer
"Awake the voice"

Annual membership £25 (students £12).


In 2003, a number of composers based in the Bristol and Bath area got together to form the Severnside Composers Alliance with the aim of promoting performances of their own music, and stimulating a wider interest in the composition and performance of new music in the region.

SCA has some twentyfour concerts under its belt, attracting some excellent reviews. Dunelm Records have released two “stimulating” and “very well recommended” CDs (DRD0238 and DRD0243), and Poppy Records have released our third CD in October 2011. Local composers have given entertaining evening talks about their life and music, over a wine and nibbles.

Click here to LISTEN to music by our composers!

Our website boasts a growing online database of
a) local performers/ groups, and
b) recordings and sheet music by local composers - a fabulous resource for any musicians looking for something a little different to play!

All material copyright (c) 2015 Severnside Composers Alliance  0117 904 8902  severnsidecomposersalliance@blueyonder.co.uk