SPOR New Music School –

contemporary music and sound art for children and young people 

SPOR New Music School (SNMS) is a school of composition for young music school students of 11-15 years.

The first initiative took place in May 2015 with the support of Aarhus 2017 and a three-year grant from Aarhus 2017 Fonden, which will last up to and including the year of the European Capital of Culture. Thanks to a range of other supporters and collaborators, SNMS will continue in 2018 and hopefully many years to come as part of SPOR festival, securing a platform for an annual injection of new music for children and young people.

At the centre of SNMS is a number of intense workshop days, where children and young people from the music schools of Region Midtjylland compose new musical works to be performed at SPOR festival.

The composer and film-maker Ida Bach Jensen followed the process – see her film about SPOR New Music School 2015 and 2016 here.

What’s taking place in 2018?

Everything culminates on 4th – 6th May 2018. On Sunday the 6th of May, the students are to be ready with brand-new compositions on the main stage of SPOR festival.

SPOR festival works thematically, focusing each year on a new, topical theme, which is reflected in the composition assignment to be solved by the SNMS students. In the concerts and meetings with composers and professional musicians and ensembles during the project, the theme is discussed, played with and used as inspiration for the students' musical work and expression.  

At SNMS, one does not work alone – we divide the students into groups, and each group is assigned a composition student from a music academy as its mentor. Together with the pedagogical leader of SNMS, Østen Mikal Ore, they will help to ensure drive, support and creative sparring in suitable doses.

Why SPOR New Music School?

SPOR wants to inspire children to be curious, to create, listen and perform new and experimental music and sound art. At the festival we believe it is important to boost the creative process as a complement to playing an instrument, so creativity and musicality can go hand in hand. And finally we would like to share from the creativity and imagination, which is obtained each year during SPOR festival.


I want to be a part of SNMS!

If you are a music school student, you can apply via your local music school.

If you are a potential partner, an interested music school or want more information about SNMS, you are welcome to contact festival director Anne Marqvardsen, anne[a]sporfestival.dk. 

Collaborators, supporters and sponsors 2018

The Royal Academy of Music, The Obel Family Foundation, The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Malmö Academy of Music, Composer Østen Ore, Danish Composers' Society, The Danish Arts FoundationSpar Nord FondenInternet Week DenmarkKulturskolen SkanderborgRanders MusikskoleHorsens MusikskoleDen Kreative Skole SilkeborgSweet Intentions/Hey Yum!Lakrids by Johan BülowRetapGo' KaffePremium DrinksEbeltoft GaardbryggeriHanegal