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Dilettante is an online classical music hub that connects organisations and musicians with audiences, listeners with recorded and live music, and members of the worldwide classical community with each other.

We’ve harnessed the latest web tools to break down the barriers to classical music, throwing open the doors to the widest possible audience. Armed with those tools, Dilettante members and visitors to the site are well-equipped to lead the classical music revolution.

On Dilettante Radio you can listen to unsigned musicians doing their thing, while our retail tool makes it easy to buy CDs and downloads of recorded works.

On our Events Calendar, Dilettante members big and small can upload concerts which sit alongside events from major performing   organisations. You can read programme notes, watch videos of the performers, and click through to buy tickets.

Members of the Dilettante community can post blogs, upload their performances or compositions, and send private messages to connect with friends and fans alike.

And our vast library of information about composers, albums and works complements reviews, forums, news feeds and member profiles. So you can discover who’s who, what’s what, and what people are saying about it.

Digital Composer-In-Residence Competition

The Digital Composer-In-Residence Project is a unique competition uniting online and offline music. The project re-defines the concept of a Composer-in-Residence for the Digital Age and provides the winner with a sustained platform to promote their music and engage with users on the Dilettante website. 

The project begins with the search for the world’s first Digital Composer-in-Residence.

How it works:
•    A panel of judges will select three finalists whose works will be recorded by the London Sinfonietta and posted on the Dilettante site.

•    Visitors to the site will then have the opportunity to listen and choose the winner by voting for their favourite piece.  15 October – 5 November  2009

•    All three finalists' works will be performed by the London Sinfonietta, and the winner of the competition will be announced at a live concert at Wilton’s Music Hall (London, UK) on the 5th November 2009.

The winner will receive the Digital Composer-in-Residence Award worth £1000, and a year-long digital residency on the Dilettante website, including a Composer’s Corner blog on the homepage and a podcast series. They will also lead online masterclasses and take part in forum discussions with Dilettante members. The residency will conclude with a live event in 2010, which will include a performance of a new work.

Visit our competition web page

Updated:  August 19, 2009

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