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New Opera for Young People — Creating a Repertoire
Stephen McNeff, composer
EducationLink6/16/2008

Most composers write music for young people at some point, and authors and poets also write for that audience, yet the Cornish poet Charles Causley said there was no such thing as "children's" poetry. Writer Philip Pullman, who came to prominence through the Whitbread Prize, startled critics as a "children's" author succeeding in an adult world. Pullman barely recognizes that there is a divide — "Children deserve the best," he says.

About the Author: Composer Stephen McNeff studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and conducted post-graduate research at the University of Exeter. He has composed opera, music theater and scores for drama in the U.K., the U.S. and Canada. He was composer-in-residence at The Banff Centre, worked with Comus Music Theatre and the Canadian Opera Company, and the Royal Opera House in the U.K., among other organizations. His music for children is widely played and broadcast, most recently by the BBC Concert orchestra on Radio 3.

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