John McLeod is one of Scotland’s foremost composers and amongst the UK’s busiest and most prolific. He studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music with Sir Lennox Berkeley but later came under the influence of Witold Lutoslawski who became his mentor. John has won many awards for his work including the Guinness Prize for British composers.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 1989 and was a recipient of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) Gold Badge in 2014. He has been shortlisted twice for a British Composer Award and in June 2016 was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. His works have been commissioned, performed and recorded by leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, Hallé, BBC SSO (12 works broadcast) RSNO, SCO, NYOS (22 performances) as well as orchestras in Poland, Germany and the USA and by many ensembles and international soloists including Colin Currie, Peter Donohoe, Raimund Gilvan, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Benjamin Luxon, Jane Manning and Murray McLachlan.
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Calendar

May
27
Sat
John McLeod: Hebridean Dances @ High Church Hilton, Aberdeen
May 27 @ 3:00 pm
Aberdeen Sinfonietta conducted by Garry Walker

with Gina McCormack (violin)

Rossini: Overture The Barber of Seville
John McLeod:  Hebridean Dances
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor
Dvořák:  Symphony No 8 in G
May
28
Sun
John McLeod: Hebridean Dances @ Caird Hall, Dundee
May 28 @ 3:00 pm
Aberdeen Sinfonietta conducted by Garry Walker

with Gina McCormack (violin)

Rossini: Overture The Barber of Seville
John McLeod:  Hebridean Dances
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor
Dvořák:  Symphony No 8 in G
Jun
4
Sun
Scottish Arts Club: Scottish Composers Concert @ Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh
Jun 4 @ 3:00 pm

Contemporary music from Scotland for violin and piano performed by Feargus Hetherington (violin) and Lliam Paterson (piano)

Presented by the Scottish Arts Club, this recital will focus on the music of a group of Scotland’s contemporary composers, including three SMC members (Rory Boyle, Eddie McGuire and John McLeod).

Eddie McGuire: Rant

Iain Matheson: Mirror

Iain Matheson: Next

Rory Boyle: Lament

Gareth Williams: Worry-Doll

John McLeod: The Song of Icarus

Stuart MacRae: The lif of this world

Feargus Hetherington: In the mornin’

James MacMillan: Tryst [upon the poem by William Souter]

 

Ticket price includes a glass of wine and canapés at the interval.

Aug
18
Fri
John McLeod: Complete Piano Works (recital 1) @ Stoller Hall
Aug 18 @ 10:00 pm – 10:45 pm

Murray McLachlan will perform the complete John McLeod Piano Music in four late night recitals (well over 140 minutes of exciting, vibrantly individual sonatas and pieces). John is the first ‘composer in residence’ on the summer school and was recently awarded the CBE. He is without question one of the most outstanding composers of modern times.

Recital 1
Sonata No.1
12 Preludes
Fantasy on themes from Britten’s ‘Gloriana’ for guitar, transcribed for solo piano in 2017 by Murray McLachlan – World Premiere

Aug
19
Sat
John McLeod: Complete Piano Works (recital 2) @ Stoller Hall
Aug 19 @ 10:00 pm – 10:45 pm

Murray McLachlan will perform the complete John McLeod Piano Music in four late night recitals (well over 140 minutes of exciting, vibrantly individual sonatas and pieces). John is the first ‘composer in residence’ on the summer school and was recently awarded the CBE. He is without question one of the most outstanding composers of modern times.

Recital 2
Sonata No.2
3 Protest Pieces
Sonata No.3

Aug
24
Thu
John McLeod: Complete Piano Works (recital 3) @ Stoller Hall
Aug 24 @ 10:00 pm – 10:45 pm

Murray McLachlan will perform the complete John McLeod Piano Music in four late night recitals (well over 140 minutes of exciting, vibrantly individual sonatas and pieces). John is the first ‘composer in residence’ on the summer school and was recently awarded the CBE. He is without question one of the most outstanding composers of modern times.

Recital 3
3 Interludes from ‘Another Time, Another Place’
Haflidi’s Pictures (with John McLeod as narrator)
Hebridean Dances

Aug
26
Sat
John McLeod: Complete Piano Works (recital 4) @ Stoller Hall
Aug 26 @ 10:00 pm – 10:45 pm

Murray McLachlan will perform the complete John McLeod Piano Music in four late night recitals (well over 140 minutes of exciting, vibrantly individual sonatas and pieces). John is the first ‘composer in residence’ on the summer school and was recently awarded the CBE. He is without question one of the most outstanding composers of modern times.

Recital 4
Sonata No.4
4 Impromptus
Sonata No.5

Aug
27
Sun
John McLeod: Le Tombeau de Poulenc @ St. Andrew's Church, Powys
Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm

Le Tombeau de Poulenc

Katherine Baker (flute), Presteigne Festival Orchestra conducted by George Vass