Cryptic is a Glasgow based internationally-renowned producing art house, presenting today’s most imaginative, innovative artists whilst also nurturing the creative talent of tomorrow. We create high quality, memorable, innovative experiences that fuse music, sonic art and multi-media that continue to pioneer our art form.
Founded by Cathie Boyd in 1994, the company has thrived on artistic innovation and creative risk-taking, which has subsequently created an environment where artists have been encouraged to push artistic boundaries.
To date, Cryptic has presented 91 productions (including 28 world premieres), which have been seen in 25 countries to an audience of more than 80,000.
In 2014, Cryptic celebrated 20 years of ‘ravishing the senses.’
“Sensuous, imaginative and sumptuously visual, an extraordinary and innovative company.” – The Times
Cryptic Associates – Supporting emerging talent:
Cryptic Associates was established in 2011 to nurture and develop the next generation of creative artists. Associates work across artfoms to create artworks with sound and/or music at the heart of their practice.
Cryptic acts as producer, mentor and promoter for a number of selected artists and allows them space and time to develop their creative and artistic practice. Utilising the wealth of Cryptic’s experience and expertise, the Cryptic Associates’ programme provides professional, artistic and practical support to help artists excel and experiment.
All share a curiosity to extend the boundaries of their work and an interest in combining music, sonic and visual art and technology in their performances.
Current Cryptic Associates are: Josh Armstrong, Kathy Hinde, Mark Lyken, Robbie Thomson and Sven Werner.
Cryptic Nights – Stay curious…
Recognizing the need for a regular, supportive platform for emerging Scottish artists with fresh ideas, Cryptic launched Cryptic Nights in 2009 and have to date, presented over 215 artists in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow.
Crossing creative boundaries with live music, visual and sonic art, film and new media, Cryptic Nights presents a selection of the highest quality emerging talent to inspire, invigorate and excite audiences across the UK.
Highlights have included: Anna Meredith, Raydale Dower, New Media Scotland and Oliver Coates.
Sonica – Sonic art for the visually minded:
A unique programme of events dedicated to world-class sonic arts, presenting emerging British talent alongside exceptional international artists in collaboration with renowned co-producers and venues. Sonica gives a UK platform to performances of extraordinary and rarely seen work.
“If you want to experience the thrilling interface where music, visual art, theatre and digital technology meet, hasten to Glasgow, where the sparky new Sonica has taken over the city.” – The Times
“This is the future of contemporary music.” – artsdesk.com
A selection of movements exploring the historical and modern roles of faith in music, including work by Rory Boyle and Haydn’s Seven Last Words. Our Classical Rush Hour series tickets all include a drink – arrive at the bar from 5pm, get a drink and take your seat for an hour of the best classical music.
A celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher
Winners of The European Blues Awards 2013
Gerry McAvoy – bassist with Rory for over 20 Years
Brendan O’Neill – drummer with Rory Gallagher for 10 Years
Marcel Scherpenzeel Winner Best guitarist Dutch Blues Award 2017
The Glasgow Barons, conducted by Paul MacAlindin, kick off the West End Festival by filling Govan Old’s wonderful acoustic. Norrie MacIver, lead singer of Skippinish, collaborates again with Govan Reminiscence Group to debut the first of his two new sets of songs about Govan’s heroines and heroes.
Holst: St Paul’s Suite
Mendelssohn: String Symphony no.4
Norrie MacIver: Songs of Govan Old part 4
Suk: Serenade for Strings
Katherine Wren will perform ‘Joy’ for solo viola by Gemma McGregor at this concert by Nordic Viola.
Gerry Jablonski and The Electric Band are are high energy outfit from Scotland that blend blues roots with influences of classic rock. According to Classic Rock magazine, “Jablonski has the blues under his fingernails” and last year they certainly created quite a stir at the Colne Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival!
Anyone who has never seen Gerry and The Electric Band on stage is truly missing an incredible energetic, visually exciting and ear pleasing performance. With a past appearance at Jools Hollands Jamhouse for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, being voted Best Solo Act at two festivals and a presence at numerous other festivals across the UK and Europe, this is a band not to miss !
Trio Anima came together at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The trio won the Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the 2012 Royal Over-Seas League Competition, have performed as Live Music Now! artists. Concert engagements have taken the trio across the UK and further afield. On the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, they enjoyed a series of concerts at music clubs, and continue to perform widely at venues including St David’s Hall, Conway Hall and The Music Room at Champs Hill. In tonight’s concert, Trio Anima performs a colourful programme of British and French music focussing on the first major works ever written for this combination at the turn of the 20th century, Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio and Debussy’s Sonata, and the legacy both composers left to this day, and featuring Trio Notturno by Rory Boyle, commissioned specially for the Trio.
Star trumpeter, Tom Poulson, teams up with The Glasgow Barons,conducted by Paul MacAlindin, to premiere Alasdair Nicolson’s new concerto for trumpet and strings, The Govan Stones.
Mendelssohn: String Symphony no.1
Alasdair Nicolson: The Govan Stones (premiere)
Arvo Pärt: Trisagion
Mendelssohn: String Symphony no.10
The work of the youthful Mendelssohn frames this concert. Written between the ages of 12 and 14, his 12 string symphonies are highly accomplished works both here showing all the light and shade characteristic of his later music. Alasdair Nicolson’s new work has been commissioned by the orchestra and relates to the famous carved medieval crosses and hogback stones in Govan Old Church. Pärt’s Trisagion is an intense work taking its inspiration from the Slavic Orthodox prayer of the same name; it is a characteristically meditative and ritualistic piece.
The Glasgow Barons are one of Scotland’s newest orchestras which is already breaking boundaries and are based in the Govan area of Glasgow. They are joined by the virtuoso trumpet player Tom Poulson who, following his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is now performing all over the world.
The Glasgow Barons
Paul McAlindin Conductor
Tom Poulson Trumpet
Mendelssohn String Symphony No.1 in C
Alasdair Nicolson Concerto for trumpet and strings (Govan Stones) World Premiere
Arvo Pärt Trisagion
Mendelssohn String Symphony No.10 in B minor
An intimate evening with Rab Noakes in this lovely westend loft space, part of the Westend Festival.
2019 sees Rab Noakes’s lifetime in music’n’song flourish as he continues to tour and record. This year he has embarked on a 5-year expedition titled ‘Distance No Object’. In 2018 he marked 50 years of professional performance and released an album, the celebratory ‘Welcome to Anniversaryville’.