Welcome to Wild Plum Arts.

We’re determined to get new music written and performed.

If you’re a composer, we would like to help you. If you’re not a composer, but you like new music or even the idea of new music, and you want to do something to support its creation, we hope you’ll help us to get this done.


The first concert with a Wild Plum Arts commission will be at the Wigmore Hall, London, 10pm on June 29th 2018, with Lucy Schaufer and Huw Watkins, featuring a new commission by John Corigliano.


The idea of Wild Plum Arts has been Lucy Schaufer’s long-held dream.  Now she and Christopher Gillett, both internationally acclaimed classical music singers with extensive performance, creative and arts business experience, have started this charitable foundation to support living artists in the creation of new work, and to foster a viable, vibrant cultural landscape for the future.

Wild Plum Arts will provide support for composers by:

  • commissioning new works
  • promoting the performance of new works
  • establishing a free artists’ residence in the UK

Wild Plum Arts aims to acquire a secluded property in which to run an artists’ residence, a rural enclave much like the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, USA.

A residence where composers retreat to work, and more widely, where performing musicians can go to learn scores, or writers to finish their libretto, play or book… An inspiring place for artists, allowing them to create works of enduring quality outside the constraints and distractions of daily life.

The goal of Wild Plum Arts is to make this a facility that is completely free of financial cost to the artist and which is provided without strings or expectations.
Much like a wild plum.

Musical Advisers
Fiona Maddocks (writer, Observer critic)
Mark-Anthony Turnage CBE (composer)
Gillian Moore MBE (Director of Music, The Southbank Centre)
Sir John Tomlinson CBE (bass)

John Bowman (chair), Lucy Marcus, Jackie Newbould.

Lucy Schaufer’s website
Christopher Gillett’s website



On this page we’ll be featuring video interviews with the composers writing for Wild Plum Arts.

First up will be John Corigliano.