How to Be a Composer

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How to Be a Composer
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How to Be a Composer title card
Genre Music
Directed by Paul Yule
Starring Paul Morley
Narrated by Poppy Edwards
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 2
Executive producer(s) Adam Barker
Roy Ackerman
Producer(s) Paul Yule
Editor(s) John Street
Location(s) London
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Diverse Production (Zodiak Entertainment)
Original channel BBC Four
Original run 18 July 2009 (2009-07-18) – 19 July 2009 (2009-07-19)
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How to Be a Composer is a British television documentary first shown on BBC Four in July 2009.


The show (2 x 1 hr, made by Diverse Production, produced and directed by Paul Yule), was based around the former New Musical Express journalist Paul Morley learning how to create a piece of classical music. The films observe Morley spending a year at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London. Even though Morley begins neither knowing how to read music nor how to play a musical instrument, by the end of the year, with the help of his tutor Christopher Austin and the students at the Academy, we see the performance of his String Quartet.

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