George has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Psappha Ensemble and BCMG NEXT, among others. As a 2019 Panufnik Composer, his orchestral work ‘False Summit’ was premiered by the LSO under François-Xavier Roth leading to a further LSO commission to be performed at the Barbican in 2020.
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Scottish composer George Stevenson has worked with musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Psappha Ensemble, Berkeley Ensemble, Assembly Project and BCMG NEXT, as well as dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet. Other works have been commissioned by Moscow Viola Festival, Suzuki Scotland, Pentaèdre and Juncture Ensemble.
In early 2019, George’s orchestral piece ‘False Summit’ was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth through the Panufnik Scheme, leading to a further commission for the orchestra’s 2020/21 season. This year also sees George working again with Manchester-based Psappha Ensemble, as the recipient of the 2019/20 Peter Maxwell Davies Commission.
Past awards include First Prize in the St Magnus Composers’ competition, as well as the Dvořák Prize at the International Dvořák Competition. George was a 2018 PRS Accelerate Scheme composer and winner of ‘The Night With…’ Call for Scores, the Montréal Concert Society Prize and the Risuonanze Festival Call for Scores.
In London George studied with Julian Anderson and Joseph Phibbs, and holds a Masters from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also received an Advanced Diploma in Composition from Moscow Conservatoire under Alexander Tchaikovsky.
Programme to include:
Wasson Curtain Call
Copland ‘Buckaroo and Hoe Down’ from Rodeo Suite
Whitacre Lux Aurumque
Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On The Town
This jam-packed programme celebrates music from, and influenced by America, including works by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. RCS brass student Jordan Robertson will feature as trombone soloist on Cook’s Bolivar.
Fri 18 Oct / 1pm
£5 – £10.50 (£8.50 concession)
Alastair Savage (fiddle) with Alice Allen (cello)
Fiddle player Alastair Savage was born and raised in Ardrossan, on the Ayrshire coast. He attended the Douglas Academy Music School before going to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music before joining the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral career, he also works regularly with other groups throughout the country, both as a chamber musician and as a traditional fiddle player.
Alice Allen is from Aberdeenshire and formerly young artist in residence with the Scottish Ensemble. Now one of Scotland’s top freelance cellists, she works with many of the country’s leading performing groups including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Brodick Quartet.
They say that travel broadens the mind. For James Mackenzie, the raw and vulnerable singer/songwriter from the Scottish Highlands now calling Nurnberg his home, it’s also broadened his musical horizons.
Moving from Inverness to the continent in 2017, James has already dragged his music – achingly honest, relatable accounts of his and his loved ones’ triumphs and struggles that bypass the ears of the listener to hit them straight in the heart – across the length and breadth of Germany. Already he has played more than 100 gigs in all corners of the country, drawing appreciative crowds wherever he finds himself.
Music for the film Scapa 100 by Gemma McGregor
The Selecter have announced their 40th Anniversary Tour in 2019 with Special Guest and DJ Rhoda Dakar. The Selecter will be playing an extended, hit-rich set each night with some added live favourites and surprises. They will also be joined for a few songs by vocalist Rhoda Dakar who will also play a DJ Set to open the nights.
The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. Pauline Black is one of very few women in the 2-Tone scene – she is often referred to as the Queen of Ska. Not only a crucial figure in the music community, Black is also a published author, gifted actress and a celebrated style icon.
Alastair Savage (fiddle) and Alice Allen (cello)
For our second concert in the Hilary Rosin Coffee Concert series we see students from RCS and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance collaborate in a performance of multiple keyboards!
Sun 20 Oct / 11.30am
£5 – £10.50 (£8.50 concessions)
Mozart Fantasia in F minor
Bax Lyrical Interlude
Lutoslawski Four Silesian Melodies for four violins
Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major