By the age of nine years I was in love with making noises and writing them down and I’ve happily continued until the present. Growing up in Ayrshire, being involved in music scenes like vibrant Indie bands to passionate folk clubs, in parallel to a love of improvisation from jazz guitar and the construction of classical music. All these ingredients culminate in a composer with such an eclectic output from concertos to charity projects like working with punk band Lethema.

A mentee of Sir James MacMillan, with whose guidance I’ve had the pleasure of a commission of a guitar concerto for the Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe, with a world premier at the Cumnock Tryst music festival 2017 and with its north American premier on March this year. I have also had amazing invitations to compose for the Hebrides ensemble and the wonderful Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra. With also an opportunity to compose for the classical guitarist Christopher Parkening of which I composed a sonata.

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Aug
20
Tue
Alastair Savage: History and Tradition @ Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm

A series of informal afternoon performances by one of Scotland’s leading fiddle exponents. Alastair’s critically acclaimed recordings, added to his diverse knowledge of Scottish history, makes him a captivating listen. He will be joined by a different accompanying guest for each of the performances to play and discuss the melodies. An invigorating and soulful hour of music not to be missed. ‘Panache, grace and affection’ (Scotsman). ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art’ (BrightYoungFolk.com). ‘Alastair Savage is a master of the instrument, both in theory and practice’ (ThreeWeeks).

The Night With…: Duo van Vliet @ Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 20 @ 8:30 pm

Programme:

This concert is also presented in Glasgow and Aberdeen

The Night With… at the Edinburgh Fringe is part of the Made in Scotland Showcase We are presenting nine concerts of five different programmes as part of the showcase. To view all The Night With… concerts at the fringe go here Made in Scotland

Check all 25 concerts in  The Night With… 2019 season.

 

Debut album with Orchid Classics, Lachrymae ReVisited , is available on iTunesAmazon, Spotify, Presto Classical, and others.

Duo van Vliet are an accordion and viola duo, comprising Rafał Łuc (accordion) and Ian Anderson (viola). They began playing together in January 2011 while they were both students at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Their love of contemporary music led them to name themselves after the late, great Don van Vliet, better known by his avant-garde rock persona, Captain Beefheart. In their inaugural year they reached the final of the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition in London, and since then have dedicated themselves to expanding the viola and accordion repertoire. They make a point of commissioning as many composers as possible to write for them, and have a long list of desired future collaborations, time- and funding-allowing.

Recent highlights include the release of their debut album, Lachrymae ReVisited, on Orchid Classics (made possible by generous support from Creative Scotland, Help Musicians UK, Pigini Accordions, and many of their friends, family, colleagues); performing Georg Friedrich Haas’ double concerto for viola, accordion and chamber ensemble, “….”, with the Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (New Music Orchestra), Katowice; their recital at St. Magnus Festival, Orkney, which was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3; and their debut recital at the National Forum of Music, Wrocław, which included 3 world premieres commissioned by the duo.

https://www.duovanvliet.com/

Aug
21
Wed
The Night With…: Duo van Vliet @ The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
Aug 21 @ 8:00 pm

Programme:

This concert is also presented in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Check all 25 concerts in  The Night With… 2019 season.

 

Debut album with Orchid Classics, Lachrymae ReVisited , is available on iTunesAmazon, Spotify, Presto Classical, and others.

Duo van Vliet are an accordion and viola duo, comprising Rafał Łuc (accordion) and Ian Anderson (viola). They began playing together in January 2011 while they were both students at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Their love of contemporary music led them to name themselves after the late, great Don van Vliet, better known by his avant-garde rock persona, Captain Beefheart. In their inaugural year they reached the final of the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition in London, and since then have dedicated themselves to expanding the viola and accordion repertoire. They make a point of commissioning as many composers as possible to write for them, and have a long list of desired future collaborations, time- and funding-allowing.

Recent highlights include the release of their debut album, Lachrymae ReVisited, on Orchid Classics (made possible by generous support from Creative Scotland, Help Musicians UK, Pigini Accordions, and many of their friends, family, colleagues); performing Georg Friedrich Haas’ double concerto for viola, accordion and chamber ensemble, “….”, with the Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (New Music Orchestra), Katowice; their recital at St. Magnus Festival, Orkney, which was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3; and their debut recital at the National Forum of Music, Wrocław, which included 3 world premieres commissioned by the duo.

https://www.duovanvliet.com/

Aug
22
Thu
Alastair Savage: History and Tradition @ Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 22 @ 2:00 pm

A series of informal afternoon performances by one of Scotland’s leading fiddle exponents. Alastair’s critically acclaimed recordings, added to his diverse knowledge of Scottish history, makes him a captivating listen. He will be joined by a different accompanying guest for each of the performances to play and discuss the melodies. An invigorating and soulful hour of music not to be missed. ‘Panache, grace and affection’ (Scotsman). ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art’ (BrightYoungFolk.com). ‘Alastair Savage is a master of the instrument, both in theory and practice’ (ThreeWeeks).

The Night With…: Duo Van Vliet @ Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen
Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm

Programme presented in association with sound:

This concert is also presented in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Check all 25 concerts in  The Night With… 2019 season.

 

Debut album with Orchid Classics, Lachrymae ReVisited , is available on iTunesAmazon, Spotify, Presto Classical, and others.

Duo van Vliet are an accordion and viola duo, comprising Rafał Łuc (accordion) and Ian Anderson (viola). They began playing together in January 2011 while they were both students at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Their love of contemporary music led them to name themselves after the late, great Don van Vliet, better known by his avant-garde rock persona, Captain Beefheart. In their inaugural year they reached the final of the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition in London, and since then have dedicated themselves to expanding the viola and accordion repertoire. They make a point of commissioning as many composers as possible to write for them, and have a long list of desired future collaborations, time- and funding-allowing.

Recent highlights include the release of their debut album, Lachrymae ReVisited, on Orchid Classics (made possible by generous support from Creative Scotland, Help Musicians UK, Pigini Accordions, and many of their friends, family, colleagues); performing Georg Friedrich Haas’ double concerto for viola, accordion and chamber ensemble, “….”, with the Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (New Music Orchestra), Katowice; their recital at St. Magnus Festival, Orkney, which was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3; and their debut recital at the National Forum of Music, Wrocław, which included 3 world premieres commissioned by the duo.

https://www.duovanvliet.com/

Aug
23
Fri
Alastair Savage: Scotland and Beyond with Alice Allen @ St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm

Alastair has performed throughout the world as a traditional and classical performer. Here he blends his versatile fiddle sound with one of Scotland’s rising stars. Cellist Alice Allen has already recorded alongside many of the country’s top artists including former BBC young traditional musician of the year Robyn Stapleton, the multitalented Innes Watson and more recently guitar supremo John Goldie. The concert features great fiddle composers of Scotland’s past including Niel Gow and James Scott Skinner, as well as folk inspired sounds from other nations including Ireland and America.

Aug
31
Sat
Dave Arcari: Linsidfarne Festival @ Linsidfarne Festival
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm
Sep
6
Fri
PM Music: Glasgow R&B Society – Rab Noakes & Fraser Speirs @ Swing, Glasgow
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

After the successful relaunch in May, the Glasgow R&B Society are back with their second night featuring Scottish Blues roots legends Rab Noakes & Fraser Speirs who have created a special setlist just for the Society featuring classic Rhythm & Blues tracks from through the decades …

With support from Emma & The Ragmen.

Sep
9
Mon
The Night With…: Ensemble Offspring @ The Black Box, Belfast
Sep 9 @ 8:00 pm

Ensemble Offspring mix music by Scottish and Australian composers premièring a works by Matthew Whiteside and Kate Moore along with Jane Stanley‘s ‘Four Dessert Flowers’, Thomas Meadowcroft‘s ‘Medieval Rococo’ and Andrea Keller‘s ‘Love in Solitude’.

This concert will also be repeated in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Sep
10
Tue
The Night With…: Ensemble Offspring @ The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
Sep 10 @ 8:00 pm

Ensemble Offspring mix music by Scottish and Australian composers premièring a works by Matthew Whiteside and Kate Moore along with Jane Stanley‘s ‘Four Dessert Flowers’, Thomas Meadowcroft‘s ‘Medieval Rococo’ and Andrea Keller‘s ‘Love in Solitude’.

This concert will also be repeated in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Belfast.

Explore all the concerts in The Night With… 2019 season.