Call for scores: Jack Adler-McKean

The School of Music is seeking scores from composition students at the University of Leeds for workshop and possible concert performance by leading new music tubist, Jack Adler-McKean.

Jack has worked with many of the world’s leading contemporary composers, including Georges Aperghis, Helmut Lachenmann, Vinko Globokar, and Georg Friedrich Haas, and has a particular commitment to working with young and emerging composers. Many of the pieces he has commissioned since 2016 have been published by Edition Gravis, in Jack’s Contemporary Music for Tuba series, including music by Asia Ahmetjanova, Athena Corcoran-Tadd, and Jess Ronneau.

We invite composition students at the University of Leeds to submit scores for solo tuba lasting up to a maximum duration of ten minutes, to be submitted to Martin Iddon ( by midday on 10 February. Scores will be selected by staff members and Jack with the results announced by 17 February. Students at all levels are eligible for this call.

Any specific questions regarding the available instruments, equipment, or detailed technical capabilities of the instrument can be addressed directly to Jack via the contact form on his website, given above.

Of those submitted, up to five scores will be selected to be worked on with Jack in a reading session on 1pm–4pm on Wednesday 11 March. If your score is selected, you are expected to be present during this session, which is open to all students and will take place in the Rehearsal Hall.

Up to two of the selected scores may be performed within an evening concert on Thursday 12 March.

Other events:

  • 9–11am, Tuesday 10 March: composing for the tuba workshop (Rehearsal Hall)
    • this session is compulsory for students taking MUSS2220, but open those taking MUSS1220, MUSS3240, MUSS5262, and PGR composers.
  • 4pm–5pm, Tuesday 10 November: performing new music workshop (Rehearsal Hall)
    • this session is open to performers at all levels, but especially to brass players and those with an interest in contemporary music.