Every two years, Nadar Ensemble organizes an international summer school for young composers and sound artists at, and in collaboration with DE SINGEL.
The selected composers get to work for a week with Nadar’s musicians, artistic leaders, composer Stefan Prins and cellist and art historian Pieter Matthynssens, the technical team of DE SINGEL and Nadar’s production manager, scenographer (Marieke Berendsen, also violinist) and sound engineer (Wannes Gonnissen), who will challenge them to think further on electronics, sound, light, video, etc. After each rehearsal there is time for reflection. The composers can make adjustments to their scores, change things in the set-up or work on the electronics.
With this intense week Nadar wants to meet the need of young composers to spend time in a fully equipped concert hall and above all wants to keep in close contact with the composers who are still at the beginning of their careers.
After a first successful collaboration between the Nadar Summer School and Gaudeamus Muziekweek in 2019 (with premieres by Kelley Sheehan and Remy Siu), Nadar decided to further intensify and internationalize the project. For the 2023 edition Nadar Ensemble and DE SINGEL will collaborate with Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (//hcmf) and Warsaw Autumn.