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.


Our latest project is a collaboration with the Performing Rights Society and the Cheltenham Music Festival: a commissioning opportunity for women composers, a new song to enter the Wild Plum Songbook.

More details here:

New commissioning opportunity for female composers – M Magazine

Cheltenham Music Festival, Wild Plum Arts and PRS for Music have teamed up to present a development and commissioning opportunity for female composers and those who identify as women. The Wild Plum Songbook will offer six composers the chance to attend a two-day workshop in London and have their work commissioned for Cheltenham Music Festival’s COMPOSIUM.

The first concert with a Wild Plum Arts commission was at the Wigmore Hall, London, on June 29th 2018, with Lucy Schaufer and Huw Watkins, and it featured new commissions by John Corigliano and Michele Brourman.  Reviews and feedback are here.
We also performed the programme at the Buxton International Festival, the Ravinia Festival and St John’s Smith Square. Plans are underway to record The Class of 1938 on CD.

Composers on film

NEW FOR 2019

Our good friend and top collaborator, Huw Watkins, talks about being a composer and pianist:


John Corigliano talks about the new song that we have commissioned:

John Corigliano on being a composer:

William Bolcom on being a composer:

William Bolcom on Scott Joplin:

William Bolcom on working with Arnold Weinstein, the lyricist for Minicabs:

In three short films, Michele Brourman talks about the arrangements we have commissioned:

Not a composer, but a guest appearance on this page for the glorious Welsh bass, Gwynne Howell, who was also born in 1938 and who has fantastic stories to tell about working with the operatic greats, as well his love for modern jazz and its musicians:


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 non-profit 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.

If you would like to help, and we really hope you will, please visit our donate page

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)

Non-executive directors
John Bowman
Jackie Newbould

Lucy Schaufer’s website
Christopher Gillett’s website