Want to be just like Steve Reich? The composer has this advice for you

Fresh from being made an honorary doctor, American composer had these words for all those wanting to make it in the music world.

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What's the path to success for a composer or musician? For one of the truly great composers of our time, the formula is simple. 

Minimalist composer and performer Steve Reich was at London's Royal College of Music this morning to receive an honorary Doctor of Music from the college's President, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. 

We were able to have a very quick chat with him after the ceremony, robed and (wonderfully) with his trademark baseball cap. We asked him what his advice was for music students and aspiring composers and performers.

Reich's guidance was simple - "practise, practise, practise", and for composers "compose, compose, compose". He also encouraged composers to make the most of the conservatoire environment, where budding composers are able to get their pieces performed relatively easily.

Here's his advice in full: 

Conductors Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowski were also made honorary Doctors of Music in the ceremony. The Russian maestro also shared his tips for young players. 

There's more about the honours awards by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at the Royal College of Music here .

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