Studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at St Andrew’s College of Education and with Edward Harper and Nigel Osborne at Edinburgh University. Head of Music at Balfron High School and organist at St Andrew’s Church, Bearsden. Compositions include Griminish Point and Conveyance (orchestral), Pattern of Life and The Fastest Man on Earth (choral), Unseen Vision (chamber), Strata Shift and Night Liftoff (electro-acoustic) and various settings of liturgical texts. Saltire Sinfonietta, an orchestral work in three movements, was commissioned and premiered by the Bearsden and Milngavie Youth Orchestra. Musical interests include 20th century music, jazz and music by Scottish composers.

Calendar

Mar
25
Sat
Cryptic: The Same Hillside @ Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

An immersive audiovisual exploration of human links to upland ecosystems, The Same Hillside transports viewers to the remote but highly productive area between Moffat and Abington, where three of Scotland’s mightiest rivers, the Annan, Clyde and Tweed, begin.

“Connected, engaged and empowered.”

Using documentary video, audio field recordings and extensive interviews, artist filmmaker John Wallace has captured the experiences and memories of those living and working in the area. Through live links to environmental sensors that react to changing conditions and trigger different audiovisual sequences, this is a unique viewing experience that highlights the impact of our modern lives on Scotland’s resource heartland.

“Excellent, heart-warming, satisfying”

Cryptic Nights: crossing creative boundaries with live music, visual and sonic art, film and new media.

“Familiar, thought-provoking, beautiful.”

A Golden Harvest – Ukrainian Celebration @ TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre, Saskatchewan
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm

Soloist Carissa Klopoushak:

I’m thrilled to have been invited to perform with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (my hometown, with many former colleagues!) in March.  I’ll be performing a piece called Sapling by Emily Doolittle.  Here’s what she has to say about the piece:

“Many of my pieces are inspired by sounds, imagery, or processes from the natural world. In the case of Sapling, the musical ideas came first, and it is only after I had written the piece that I realized that it followed an organic process of development that made me think of the growth of a tree. The first movement begins with a persistent repeated note motive in the solo violin, which pushes its way upwards through a series of loud, percussive orchestra chords, before spreading outwards into a mist of overlapping, branching figures. The second movement, too, grows out of a repeated note, this time gentle and flexible, swaying and bending like a sapling in the wind. The third movement explores the various colours of the orchestra, as the sapling buds and bursts into leaf and flower. Sapling was commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts for Calvin Dyck and the Vancouver Island Symphony in 2014.”

The program also includes a brand-new Ukrainian-language Oratorio called Golden Harvest by Larysa Kuzmenko and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, often titled “Little Russian” – meaning Ukrainian – and yes, it’s full of Ukrainian folk themes.

Mar
26
Sun
Cryptic: The Same Hillside @ Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

An immersive audiovisual exploration of human links to upland ecosystems, The Same Hillside transports viewers to the remote but highly productive area between Moffat and Abington, where three of Scotland’s mightiest rivers, the Annan, Clyde and Tweed, begin.

“Connected, engaged and empowered.”

Using documentary video, audio field recordings and extensive interviews, artist filmmaker John Wallace has captured the experiences and memories of those living and working in the area. Through live links to environmental sensors that react to changing conditions and trigger different audiovisual sequences, this is a unique viewing experience that highlights the impact of our modern lives on Scotland’s resource heartland.

“Excellent, heart-warming, satisfying”

Cryptic Nights: crossing creative boundaries with live music, visual and sonic art, film and new media.

“Familiar, thought-provoking, beautiful.”

Sari Schorr & the Engine Room @ Cottiers, Glasgow
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

In January 2015 legendary producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Blue Horizon) was invited to receive a ‘Keeping The Blues Alive’ award at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis USA. This award, was not the only highlight of the weekend for Mike, the second was witnessing the performance of one of the most amazing female blues singers Mike has seen in years – SARI SCHORR.

Mike was so knocked out with Sari that he offered to come out of retirement and produce an album with her. Already a consummate songwriter, with tracks on major labels, Sari has written or co-written most of the songs on her new album. This album recording is now well underway.

Several years of touring the USA & Europe with Joe Louis Walker and Poppa Chubby brought Sari greater prominence in the blues world. Sari was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.

Sari has now put together her own band – THE ENGINE ROOM, featuring British guitarist Innes Sibun, formerly with Robert Plant. Together they will celebrate the release of Sari’s debut album on Manhaton Records in September 2016 and undertake a US and European wide tour. Sari is kicking off her groundbreaking tour at Carnegie Hall in NY performing with Buddy Guy, Walter Trout, Eric Burdon, Edgar Winter, Dana Fuchs, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Laurence Jones on the Lead Belly Fest, Feb 4, 2016.

Mar
30
Thu
John Maxwell Geddes: Voyager @ City Halls, Glasgow
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm

Sir James MacMillan isn’t just one of the most significant artists working in Scotland today: he’s a creative figure of international importance. Any premiere by MacMillan is a major occasion, but his Fourth Symphony takes the Scottish renaissance composer Robert Carver as a starting point for a musical journey of far-reaching power and beauty. “MacMillan’s new symphony holds a candle to Mahler” wrote The Arts Desk of the world premiere in 2015; in this first Scottish performance, MacMillan himself conducts – and shares the stage with young Dutch clarinet star Annelien Van Wauwe in Finzi’s lovely concerto, and the cosmic vision of an elder statesman amongst Scottish composers, John Maxwell Geddes who celebrated his 75th birthday last year.

This concert is part of a month-long celebration in Glasgow of recent works by Sir James MacMillan in partnership with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Hebrides Ensemble and Glasgow Life.

The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Mar
31
Fri
The Selecter / The Beat feat. Ranking Roger @ O2 ABC, Glasgow
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The 2 Tone legends are teaming up to give fans a rare treat, hitting the road together for a six-date tour taking in Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Birmingham and London. Life-long friends, they are two of the main bands to come out of 2 Tone – a crucial musical and cultural movement which is still as relevant today as it was over 30 years ago. Renowned for their energetic live shows, longevity has not diminished either band’s ability to put in a performance and get everyone in a room, or field, dancing. Don’t miss arguably two of the best live bands around playing full sets of their many hits, and more.

The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black, alongside an incredible talented band of musicians, and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. The anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era is still there, except the pair (Pauline & Gaps) are more driven than ever. Their confidence is sky-high and they’re also writing the best songs of their career, which is saying something given the enduring popularity of hits like Three Minute Hero, Missing Words and On My Radio. They’ve played at most major festivals, headlined several UK tours, toured the USA and recorded three studio albums in the last few years, the latest of which, Subculture, was mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty and released to critical acclaim in June 2015.

The Beat fronted by Ranking Roger released their spectacular fourth album Bounce (the first in over 30 years) in September 2016. The album shows off every gleaming aspect of one of the most musically diverse bands to come out of the multiracial, multicultural explosion that remade British pop from 1979 onwards. The same energy that drove the hit singles of the 80s; Mirror In The Bathroom, Stand Down Margaret and Too Nice To Talk To – reggae looseness plus razor-sharp song-writing meets the paranoid pace of punk – is here again. Joining Roger in the revitalised band, who’ve played at numerous festivals and at shows in the UK & Europe over the last few years, is his son Ranking Junior AKA Matthew Murphy a powerhouse MC who brings to the band an update on the toasting that made Ranking Roger such a pivotal part of the original Beat.

John Maxwell Geddes: An Ayrshire Suite @ Town Hall, Ayr
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm

Sir James MacMillan isn’t just one of the most significant artists working in Scotland today: he’s a creative figure of international importance. Here he shares the stage with young Dutch clarinet star Annelien Van Wauwe in Finzi’s lovely Clarinet Concerto and pays homage to an elder statesman amongst Scottish composers, John Maxwell Geddes who last year celebrated his 75th birthday. First performed by the BBC SSO in the 2012-13 Ayr Concert Series, An Ayrshire Suite was co-commissioned by Ayr Arts Guild and the BBC. The evening and the Series is brought to a close with Beethoven’s sunny yet powerful Second Symphony.

To be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Apr
3
Mon
Marcus Blunt: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano @ Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Apr 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Reed & Ivory: A Showcase of Music by Living Composers

The first date of UK Reed & Ivory tour showcasing the works of O’Shea, Batholomew, Blunt with world premieres of:
“Another Dawn” by Peter Byrom-Smith, Korembi June 17 by Max Gregory, Caelum by Erica Macleod and Voice from the Glassy Brook by Joe Wistow.

Special guest support atrists: Sarah Lamb (Clarinet) Daniel Lappin (Flute)

 

Apr
4
Tue
Hugh Kelly with My Baby @ King Tut's, Glasgow
Apr 4 @ 8:30 pm
Apr
5
Wed
Hugh Kelly with Dan Owen @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm