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Musical Themes in Storytelling

with Ian Ross

16th - 25th January

Venue: Online

Cost: Free

Access support is available

Join Wise Children’s Composer and Music Director, Ian Ross, to delve into the process of creating music for the stage. 

Musical Themes in Storytelling will involve group sessions, an individual task, and one-to-one time with Ian to explore and develop your ideas and approach. All elements will take place online. You will end the course with the tools to tease out the themes of a story and create music from them, as well as an original composition of your own. 

The course will run from Monday 16th January to Friday 25th January and involve 10 hours of contact time online. There will also be tasks to work on between sessions. Here is a provisional schedule for the course. All times are in GMT.

Who we're looking for: We're looking for brilliant musicians (aged 18+), who have already written some music. This course will suit those new to composing for the theatre or those who consider themselves to be 'emerging composers' and who are ready to develop their practice with the School for Wise Children.   

Wise Children are committed to equal opportunities and actively welcome candidates from all backgrounds. To remove barriers, School for Wise Children courses are free and wide-ranging access support is available. 

If you have any questions about the course, contact

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How to apply


Please fill in our form and send us an example of your work. The application includes:  

An introduction: Tell us a bit about you, what stage of your career you’re at and why you want to do this course.  

A link to your portfolio OR a one-minute video example of one of your compositions.

You are welcome to do your introduction by video or voice note (of no more than one minute) or writing (200 words or less). For help recording a video click here.

Applications have now closed and all applicants have been emailed. Please check your spam folder for a response.

About the course leader

Ian Ross

Ian is a Bristol based multi instrumentalist, composer, and Head of Music for The School for Wise Children. He leads the band Eleven Magpies and is part of Benji Bowers Orchestra Collective, Terra Coda.  


Credits as Composer include:  Wise Children, Malory Towers, Bagdad Cafe and Wuthering Heights (Wise Children); Twelfth Night  (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk  (Kneehigh). Other theatre for Kneehigh includes: Brief Encounter, The Red Shoes, Don John, The Wild Bride, Tristan & Yseult, Dead Dog in a Suitcase, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.


Theatre as music director includes:  Girl from the North Country  (Toronto 2019, Runway), Research & development with PJ Harvey (The National).


Composition for film includes Weekend Retreat (O-region); The Princess and Peppernose (Joe Wright and RSA).  

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