Welcome to the SMC’s member highlights for Classical:NEXT delegates. Here are some digital materials for you to browse, and please do get in touch if you require further information on any of our members.
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You can browse information about the following members on this page:
James V Conn
Live Music Now Scotland
Peter de Moncey-Conegliano
- Andrew Cruickshank
Andrew grew up in Glasgow and studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music where he twice won a jazz scholarship along with the Eugene Cruft prize for Double Bass. He went on to take a postgraduate course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in Performance and Communication Skills where he developed his composition, improvisation, and theatre skills.
Andrew is in regular demand as a composer and is always open to new commissioning possibilities.
To find out more information about Andrew’s next project, The Gates, please visit this webpage.
- Cameron Sinclair
Cameron Sinclair is an award-winning composer, conductor and performer, whose music has been described by critics as, ‘brim full of energy and drama’ and possessed of ‘exuberant pulsating rhythms’. His music won a prestigious British Composer Award and has featured at the Venice Biennale, Turin Festival, BBC Proms and Britt Festival, Oregon. Other works include performances by the Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia and Joanna MacGregor, as well as Ensemble Bash, Camerata Ducale and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He also enjoyed a fruitful association as Composer in Residence to professional choral group, Singscape.
To listen to an extracts of Cameron’s pieces, click on the relevant links below:
The Secret of the Universe
And in the Morning
La Citta Invisible – Finale
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. They create high quality, memorable, innovative experiences that fuse music, sonic art and multi-media that continue to pioneer our art form.Cryptic will be pitching their next project, Shorelines, at Classical:NEXT, 1pm Friday 27th May. To watch a promotional video for the show please click here.
- Elena Piras
Sardinian-born Elena inherited her father’s love of singing, particularly folk music, from a very early age. Today, she is a popular personality on the gigs and festivals circuit, as well as writing and singing her own material – and enjoying the success of her debut album, Journey.
- Gareth Clemson
Gareth Clemson aka CHEZZ was born in New Zealand and moved to Scotland in 1962. He studied music at Auckland University, Edinburgh University, and with Thomas Wilson. His compositions have been performed and broadcasted in New Zealand and Scotland, and include song cycles, orchestral works, and numerous pieces for strings.
Gareth’s piece, Arabesque G16, was the winning entry for the 2012 iCompose competition. Listen to a recording, performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra here.
- Henry McPherson
Henry McPherson is a young composer/performer currently living and working in Glasgow. From a mixed background of Music, Theatre, and Visual Art, Henry creates work driven by an interest in blurring artistic media. He is a founding member of new arts production house and intermedia art collective Crossline, formed in 2016.
Click here to view Henry’s latest project, Uhte, a film opera.
- James V. Conn
James V. Conn is a composer, teacher, arranger and performer on alto saxophone and pianoforte. He was born in Glasgow in 1965 and studied music at Napier College Department of Music (1983-86) and then at The London College of Music (1986-90). James brings together his love of Classical music and his Christian faith to create music that reflects the message of the Bible in a contemporary fashion.
Click here to watch a video of a live performance of James’ pieces.
To listen to some of James’ pieces, please click on the relevant sample below:
The Joy of the Lord
Joy of the Lord
Visions of Heaven
- Emily Doolittle
Composer Emily Doolittle was born in Nova Scotia and educated at Dalhousie University (Canada), the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Netherlands), Indiana University and Princeton University (US). From 2008-2015 she lived in Seattle, where she was an Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Cornish College of the Arts. She now lives in Glasgow, UK.
Doolittle has written for such ensembles as Orchestre Métropolitain, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Island Symphony, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, and Paragon. She has an ongoing research interest in zoomusicology, the study of the relationship between human music and animal songs. Other interests include the traditional music of various cultures, community music-making, and music as a vehicle for social change
To listen to recordings of Emily’s work, please see the relevant samples below:
A Short, Slow Life
- John McLeod
Aberdeen born John McLeod’s increasingly acclaimed music bears all the hall marks of exuberant colour and precisely imagined fantasy that his earlier associations with Lennox Berkeley and Witold Lutoslawski would lead one to expect. For over 40 years, he has been at the centre of contemporary Scottish music and is still one of the UK’s busiest and most prolific composers.
Recently he was presented with the Gold Badge of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) for services to British music.
To view a video of John’s piece being performed at The Proms, click here
- Julian Wagstaff
Born Edinburgh, lives and works in Edinburgh. First major composition: John Paul Jones (stage musical) premiered Edinburgh in 2001, recorded 2002, revived with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2010. Julian studied composition with Nigel Osborne at Edinburgh University leading to PhD in 2008.
To listen to a mixed variety of Julian’s work, please visit his SoundCloud playlist.
Also please visit his website and YouTube channel
Julian has pieces available for purchase on Amazon, which you can browse here.
- Live Music Now Scotland
Watch this short video to see LMNS director, Carol Main, explain the organisation’s purpose and activity.This video describes a very special composition made as part of our ongoing ‘Composing with Care’ project, Songs from Above and Below.
This video gives a quick introduction to LMNS’ ‘Traditional Tunes for Tiny People’ project.LMNS also have an album, Luminate, available to buy. It was a compilation of outstanding Scottish musicians and composers made to celebrate their 30th anniversary last year. Each of the composers, John Maxwell Geddes, Eddie McGuire, Bill Sweeney and Alasdair Nicolson, are also SMC members.
- Marc Yeats
Marc Yeats is one of the UK’s leading con temporary composers with his works having been performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and stations across Europe, Asia and Australasia. Described by Sir Maxwell Davies as “breathtakingly original”, Marc’s music explores transduction, complex surface relationships, asynchronous alignments, contextual harmonic and temporal ambiguities, polarised intensities and a visceral joy of sound.
Marc was recently signed by Noel Music Management for management worldwide.Marc is Composer-in-Residence to the Observatory 2015/16, composer-in-Association with Chamber Cartel (Atlanta US) and composer-in-residence to Yeovil District and Dorchester County Hospitals.
To listen to some of Marc’s work, click on the relevant link below:
Observation 1.5 [no man’s land] – Trio for recorder and strings
Shapeshifter – E flat clarinet and ensemble
Observation 2 [oxey marsh] – String quartet
Streaming – Quartertone alto flute piece [solo]
Observation 1 [ovington down] – String quartet
- Marcus Blunt
Marcus Blunt was born in Birmingham in 1947. His output so far is mainly instrumental, for anything from piano solo to large orchestra, and has been performed – internationally (Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mallorca, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, USA) as well as throughout Britain and on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM – by artists such as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, the Joachim Piano Trio, and Kathryn Stott. Competition successes include 2nd place in the Purcell Composition Prize in 1995 (Fantasy on SCRiABin for piano), 1st in the Surrey Sinfonietta Composers’ Workshop in 2000 (Sonatina No. 2 for clarinet & piano), and the Judges’ Prize in the Oare String Orchestra’s 2012 Composing Competition (Concertino for viola & string orchestra) (the judges included violist Martin Outram and composer John McCabe).
- Oliver Searle
Oliver’s recent performances include works for the Hebrides Ensemble, Paragon, Red Note, NYOS, the New Music Players, the BBCSSO and the RSNO, as well as several broadcasts. He is frequently involved in the creation of music for theatre, has written music for people with Cochlear Implants, and holds a lecturing post at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
To listen to Oliver’s piece, Snowbirds, click here.
- Richard Greer
Born in Glasgow, Richard Greer studied composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Dr. Gordon McPherson and Rory Boyle. In his second year he was runner up for the Dinah Wolfe Memorial Prize. He graduated in 2010 with a BMus (1st class honours) winning the Patron’s Prize for composition and joint winner of the inaugural Craig Armstrong Prize. In 2012 he graduated with a masters in composition made possible by the two generous scholarships from Student Award Agency for Scotland and the Conservatoire. Richard is currently the Artistic Director of the Glasgow New Music Expedition.
- Peter de Moncey-Conegliano
Peter was born in 1948 and educated at Taunton’s School, Southampton and Queen’s College, Oxford. He studied electronic music at Morely College, London, from 1975-77 under Michael Graubart, and composition under Aubery Bowman at WMA Summer Schools, 1988-89.
Mainly known as a composer of electroacoustic works he has also written several operas with greater/lesser electroacoustic elements and instrumental pieces.
Watch an interview with Peter by clicking here.
Listen to some of Peter’s compositions by clicking on the relevant link below:
Excerpt of Midsummer Night’s Dream
This ensemble is comprised of two SMC members, Karen McIver and Hilary Brooks. Their first album dedicated… is made up of nine soundtracks, each dedicated to the spirit of famous women who have touched all our lives – from Amelia Earhart to Katharine Hepburn.
Click here to visit the PianoPiano website, and to view their promotional video.