John Maxwell Geddes is one of Scotland’s most prolific composers, whose works have been performed by leading musicians such as Lady Barbirolli, James Loughran, Christopher Seaman, Bryden Thomson, Karl Anton Rickenbacher, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alla Vasilyeva , Susan Kessler, Roger Vignoles, Yoram David, Malcolm Martineau, Andrew Manze, Sian Edwards , James Lowe, Douglas Boyd, Jonathan Small, Holly Mathieson, John Kenny, Christoph Müller, Christopher Austin, Martyn Brabbins, John Wallace, Semyon Kogan and many many more…..
Geddes studied at the RSAMD with Gordon Cameron and Frank Spedding and with Niels Viggo Bentzon in Copenhagen. He has written three symphonies, many orchestral and chamber pieces, choral works, folk song settings and film scores. These have been performed at prestigious events such as Berlin Sommerfest, Sholokov, Prokofiev and Xenakis festivals, Warsaw Autumn, BBC London Proms, Minneapolis, St. Petersburg, St.Magnus, Don Spring and Edinburgh International Festivals and others throughout the world.
Geddes has lectured on his work in many American Universities (including Berkley and Stanford, Oregon State, Newport News) and many UK, European and Russian institutions (Rachmaninoff Conservatoire, Meistersinger konservatorium Nuremberg and Hochschule in Stuttgart and Freiburg, Conservatoire de Paris . He has been composer in residence in Hamburg and Berlin (World Brass) and Bremen (Internationales Jugend Symfoniorchester)
He has been the recipient of many commissions and awards, and has received over 20 Scottish Arts Council Awards and Creative Scotland, British Council, Central Bureau for Educational Visits and various other trusts, councils and corporations. His association with BBC SSO is a long and distinguished one spanning 50 years. BBC commissions include Symphony 1 (1975) Voyager (1985) Alley Cat (2004) An Ayrshire Suite (2012)
He was awarded a Goethe Institute stipendium (1986) and the Performing Right Society Composer in Education Award (1991). In 2002 he received the Lord Provost of Glasgow’s Commendation for the Performing Arts; in 2003 he was created Fellow of the RSAMD and in 2007 he won the prestigious Creative Scotland Award.
Some more recent achievements include premieres in Venice (Callanish V) Denver (Callanish I) Zurich (Callanish IV) Dublin (Resident Villain).  His 2014 song cycle “ A Castle Mills Suite” a commission from Live Music Now (Scotland) received 12 performances in Edinburgh and further performances in Glasgow, London, and Melbourne

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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
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.