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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Oct
25
Fri
RCS Fridays at One: In Celebration of Black History Month – Sing Sistah Sing! @ Stevenson Hall
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm

Andrea Baker Mezzo Soprano

Richard Lewis Piano

Join internationally celebrated mezzo soprano Andrea Baker as she presents the award-winning Sing Sistah Sing!, both a celebration of the sound and extraordinary breadth of African American female voices and a heartfelt retelling of some of their most incredible life stories.

Some of the women celebrated in Sing Sistah Sing! includes Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Donna Summer, Nina Simone and the great Billie Holiday. This performance brilliantly weaves together these women’s brave struggles both in the civil rights movement and in their fight for artistic freedom both at home and abroad. Some have chosen opera, jazz or blues to express their inner truth, but at the heart of the Sing Sistah Sing! story is that all of African American women carry in their souls and voices the sounds of their ancestors’ songs of the plantation. With Sing Sistah Sing! Andrea tells her own deeply personal story and pays joyful, soulful homage to many of the women who courageously paved the way.

Join the celebration!

Fri 25 Oct / 1pm

Stevenson Hall

£5 – £10.50 (£8.50 conc.)

RCS – Masterclass and Q+A with Andrea Baker @ Ledger Recital Room
Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm
Oct
26
Sat
SNJO: The Music of Ellington, Basie and Waller @ Main House Theatre, The Maltings
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are one of Europe’s foremost contemporary Big Bands under the visionary leadership of Artistic Director Tommy Smith – one of the finest saxophonists of his generation and a world-renowned recording artist.

Tonight it’s time to swing, as the Orchestra with guest pianist Brian Kellock invite you to celebrate the extraordinary music of three great jazz legends: Count Basie, Duke Ellington and ‘Fats’ Waller. Pivotal to the evolution of 20th Century orchestral jazz, Basie, Ellington and Waller created music that defined an era and left a legacy of wonderful tunes.

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra have chosen a fabulous range of pieces – foot tapping favourites, infectious swing, mellow mood and contemporary jazz – including tracks such as Basie’s wonderful Li’l Darlin’, Kid from Red Bank and Splanky, Ellington’s famous Daybreak Express and Single Petal of a Rose and Waller’s Jitterbug Waltz and Honeysuckle Rose. An unmissable evening with musicians of the very highest order!

Oct
27
Sun
PM Music: Tony Walsh & Stephen James Smith @ Cottiers, Glasgow
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Poets Tony Walsh & Stephen James Smith visit Glasgow on their autumn UK Tour

SNJO: Count Basie, Duke Ellington and ‘Fats’ Waller @ Middlesborough Town Hall
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

SCOTTISH NATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA featuring Brian Kellock

It’s time to swing, as the award winning Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with pianist Brian Kellock invite you to celebrate the extraordinary music of three great jazz legends: Count Basie, Duke Ellington and ‘Fats’ Waller. Pivotal to the evolution of 20th Century orchestral jazz, Basie, Ellington and Waller created music that defined an era and left a legacy of wonderful tunes.

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra have chosen a fabulous range of pieces with which to pay their respects and thrill the audience – foot tapping favourites, infectious swing, mellow mood and contemporary jazz – including tracks such as Basie’s wonderful Li’l Darlin’, Kid from Red Bank and Splanky, Ellington’s famous Daybreak Express and Single Petal of a Rose and Waller’s Jitterbug Waltz and Honeysuckle Rose.

Great swing means everything in orchestral jazz and the repertoires of Basie, Ellington and Waller have it in enormous bundles of unbridled joy.

Oct
28
Mon
RCS Mondays at One: Keyboard @ Ledger Recital Room
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm
Oct
31
Thu
RCS Big Guitar Weekend: North East Scotland Classical Guitar Society Award @ Ledger Recital Room
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm

Scotland’s most creative guitar society provide this unique opportunity for the winner to perform as part of their annual season.

RCS Big Guitar Weekend: Kevin Cahill – Future Relics @ The Flying Duck, Glasgow
Oct 31 @ 7:30 pm
Nov
1
Fri
RCS Fridays at One: Big Guitar Weekend with Göran Söllscher – Bach to Beatles @ Stevenson Hall
Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm

Göran Söllscher Guitar

From his live performances and remarkable recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Swedish guitarist Göran Söllscher has earned resounding praise for his exceptional musicality as well as his dedication to expanding the solo guitar repertoire. Since winning the 1978 Paris International Guitar Competition, has performed throughout the world – Europe, North and South America, China, Japan, Scandinavia – in recitals and as guest soloist with symphony orchestras, often playing on a highly unusual 11-string guitar.

We’re absolutely thrilled that Göran kicks off our Big Guitar Weekend of 2019 with all performances being recorded for BBC Radio 3.

RCS Big Guitar Weekend: Masterclass with Göran Söllscher @ Ledger Recital Room
Nov 1 @ 3:00 pm

Following his Fridays at One Big Guitar Weekend performance in the Stevenson Hall, join internationally acclaimed guitarist Göran Söllscher leading a masterclass with our guitar students.