A fellowship programme to offer professional training opportunities for young Malaysian composers and instrumentalists.

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Enhance your career development

Musical Exchange Programme (MEP) is 3-months fellowship programme offered by The Rondo Production, in partnership with Orchestra of the Swan. MEP is designed to provide professional training for young Malaysian musicians and enhance their career development.

MEP aims to provide a platform for new works and opportunities to young musicians in Malaysia. By curating a creative and modern take on centuries-old stories, MEP promotes cultural exchange through music and other art forms.

Through a series of workshops and lessons, MEP offers a platform for new works and performance opportunities to connect arts and culture. Selected Fellows will receive full tuition support worth up to MYR 2,800 (500£) to attend this programme. MEP is supported by the British Council.

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What you will gain

Musical Excellence

Develop musicality and technique through international collaborations, mentorship, consultations and workshops.

Professional Training

Receive workshops, consultations and lessons from international experts throughout the programme.

International Exposure

Gain global exposure through premiering new works and find new opportunities beyond the fellowship.

Diverse Community

Be part of an exceptional cohort of fellows for this groundbreaking collaboration.

Programme timeline

November 29, 2021
Orientation Session
Composers & instrumentalists. Virtual involvement.
November 29, 2021
December 4, 2021
Composer - Group workshop 1
Composers only. Virtual involvement.
December 4, 2021
December 11, 2021
Composer - Group workshop 2
Composers only. Virtual involvement.
December 11, 2021
December 18, 2021
Composer - Group workshop 3
Composers only, instrumentalists encouraged. Virtual involvement.
December 18, 2021
January 8, 2022
Composer - Individual consultation
Composers only. Virtual involvement.
January 8, 2022
January 15, 2022
Composer - Individual consultation
Composers only. Virtual involvement.
January 15, 2022
January 15 - February 11, 2022
Instrumentalist - Individual lessons
Online lessons will be conducted within this period for instrumentalists only. Virtual involvement.
January 15 - February 11, 2022
Late February 2022
Concert or recording period
Composers (virtual involvement) & instrumentalists (physical involvement). Exact dates and location to be confirmed by end of December 2021.
Late February 2022

Mentors for Composers

Chris Allan

Chris Allan

Orchestra of the Swan

Tengku Irfan

Tengku Irfan

Malaysian pianist, conductor and composer

Mentors for Instrumentalists

Formed in 1995, Orchestra of the Swan is a British chamber orchestra which, under the artistic direction of David Le Page, is passionate about audience inclusivity and blurring the lines between genres, through its adventurous and accessible programming.

The Swan presents over 45 concerts a year – both live and digital with a catalogue of over 20 recordings. We are passionate about new music and has premiered more than 70 new works by composers including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, Roxanna Panufnik, Joseph Phibbs, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errollyn Wallen, Huw Watkins, John Woolrich and many others.

Instrumental mentors will be informed after the selection process.

What we expect from you

Selected Composers

Selected Instrumentalists

Who are we looking for


Malaysian citizens or permanent residents

Physical involvement not required.

Composers within the age group of 18 to 28

Have experience composing for chamber groups

Have composed or arranged at least 2 chamber works

How to apply

Now - November 5, 2021
November 21, 2021
November 29, 2021
Online application

For composers: Please submit 2 to 3 of your most interesting and original compositions and/or arrangements (including PDF score and video/audio recordings)

For instrumentalists: Please submit a video recording of 2 contrasting pieces of your own choice (maximum 8 mins in total)

Click here for recording guidelines.

Application outcome

All applicants will be notified of your application outcome by email. All decisions are final and no correspondence will be entertained.

Selected fellows will receive offer letters and will be given 4 days to accept the offer. Administrative matters will be included in the email as well.

Programme orientation
Welcome to MEP 2021-22 Fellowship Cohort! The orientation session aims to help you prepare ahead and kickstart your learning journey with us. You will meet new friends and discover what the programme has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age limits for the programme?
All applicants must be between 18 to 28 years old as of November 1, 2021.

What does it cost to attend the programme?
No, there will not be any fees borne by the fellows. Selected fellows are responsible for the cost of their own equipment, such as but not limited to, instruments, accessories, internet subscriptions, travel expenses, meals and other incidental expenses.

How many applicants will be selected?
A maximum number of 8 composers and 8 instrumentalists will be accepted only.

I am not currently enrolled in any music institutions. Can I still apply?
Yes, we encourage you to apply and submit your recordings, as long as you have experience in performing and learning music.

Do I have access to the recordings of training sessions and performance?
Yes, all sessions will be recorded and shared with the fellows at a later date, including the concert performance.

My question is not listed in this section. What can I do?
Please submit your questions to The team will be in touch as soon as possible.

Join us as MEP Fellow!