Born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Michael Spencer studied composition with Graham Hair at the University of Glasgow where he received an MA in Music and Scottish Literature. Between 1997 and 2002, he completed a MusM and PhD in Composition with Geoff Poole at Manchester University. Since 1998 he has worked privately with James Dillon, on whose work he has published two articles. In 2003, he received a stipend to attend the International Summer Course for Composers at Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, where he worked with Chaya Czernowin, Steve Takasugi and Richard Barrett. He has given talks and seminars on his own music and other aspects of new music in France and the USA as well as around the UK.

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May
22
Wed
Rory Boyle: String Quartet No.2 (Quartetto da Requiem) @ Le Monde, Edinburgh
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

A selection of movements exploring the historical and modern roles of faith in music, including work by Rory Boyle and Haydn’s Seven Last Words. Our Classical Rush Hour series tickets all include a drink – arrive at the bar from 5pm, get a drink and take your seat for an hour of the best classical music.

PM Music: Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham @ Cottiers, Glasgow
May 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
May
31
Fri
PM Music: Band of Friends @ Oran Mor, Glasgow
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher

Winners of The European Blues Awards 2013
Gerry McAvoy – bassist with Rory for over 20 Years

Brendan O’Neill – drummer with Rory Gallagher for 10 Years
Marcel Scherpenzeel Winner Best guitarist Dutch Blues Award 2017

The Glasgow Barons: Songs of Govan Old @ Govan Old Parish Church, Glasgow
May 31 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Glasgow Barons, conducted by Paul MacAlindin, kick off the West End Festival by filling Govan Old’s wonderful acoustic. Norrie MacIver, lead singer of Skippinish, collaborates again with Govan Reminiscence Group to debut the first of his two new sets of songs about Govan’s heroines and heroes.

Holst: St Paul’s Suite

Mendelssohn: String Symphony no.4

Norrie MacIver: Songs of Govan Old part 4

Suk: Serenade for Strings

Jun
2
Sun
Gemma McGregor: ‘Joy’ for solo viola @ Dunblane Cathedral, Dunblane
Jun 2 @ 12:30 pm

Katherine Wren will perform ‘Joy’ for solo viola by Gemma McGregor at this concert by Nordic Viola.

Jun
8
Sat
PM Music: Gerry Jablonski & the Electric Band @ Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Gerry Jablonski and The Electric Band are are high energy outfit from Scotland that blend blues roots with influences of classic rock. According to Classic Rock magazine, “Jablonski has the blues under his fingernails” and last year they certainly created quite a stir at the Colne Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival!

Anyone who has never seen Gerry and The Electric Band on stage is truly missing an incredible energetic, visually exciting and ear pleasing performance. With a past appearance at Jools Hollands Jamhouse for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, being voted Best Solo Act at two festivals and a presence at numerous other festivals across the UK and Europe, this is a band not to miss !

Jun
20
Thu
Rory Boyle: Trio Notturno for flute, viola and harp [London Première] @ St John's Smith Square, London
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm
Trio Anima
Matthew Featherstone FLUTE
Rosalind Ventris VIOLA
Anneke Hodnett HARP
Bax Elegiac Trio
Alwyn Naiades
Rory Boyle  Trio Notturno
Debussy arr. Carlos Salzedo  Children’s Corner
Takemitsu  And then I knew ‘twas wind
Debussy  Sonate

Trio Anima came together at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The trio won the Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the 2012 Royal Over-Seas League Competition, have performed as Live Music Now! artists. Concert engagements have taken the trio across the UK and further afield. On the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, they enjoyed a series of concerts at music clubs, and continue to perform widely at venues including St David’s Hall, Conway Hall and The Music Room at Champs Hill. In tonight’s concert, Trio Anima performs a colourful programme of British and French music focussing on the first major works ever written for this combination at the turn of the 20th century, Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio and Debussy’s Sonata, and the legacy both composers left to this day, and featuring Trio Notturno by Rory Boyle, commissioned specially for the Trio.

The Glasgow Barons: The Govan Stones @ Govan Old Parish Church, Glasgow
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Star trumpeter, Tom Poulson, teams up with The Glasgow Barons,conducted by Paul MacAlindin, to premiere Alasdair Nicolson’s new concerto for trumpet and strings, The Govan Stones.

Mendelssohn: String Symphony no.1

Alasdair Nicolson: The Govan Stones (premiere)

Arvo Pärt: Trisagion

Mendelssohn: String Symphony no.10

Jun
25
Tue
The Glasgow Barons & Tom Poulson @ St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The work of the youthful Mendelssohn frames this concert. Written between the ages of 12 and 14, his 12 string symphonies are highly accomplished works both here showing all the light and shade characteristic of his later music. Alasdair Nicolson’s new work has been commissioned by the orchestra and relates to the famous carved medieval crosses and hogback stones in Govan Old Church.  Pärt’s Trisagion is an intense work taking its inspiration from the Slavic Orthodox prayer of the same name; it is a characteristically meditative and ritualistic piece.

The Glasgow Barons are one of Scotland’s newest orchestras which is already breaking boundaries and are based in the Govan area of Glasgow. They are joined by the virtuoso trumpet player Tom Poulson who, following his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is now performing all over the world.

The Glasgow Barons

Paul McAlindin            Conductor

Tom Poulson              Trumpet

Mendelssohn              String Symphony No.1 in C

Alasdair Nicolson        Concerto for trumpet and strings (Govan Stones) World Premiere

Arvo Pärt                     Trisagion

Mendelssohn             String Symphony No.10 in B minor

Jun
28
Fri
PM Music: Rab Noakes @ Websters Theatre 2, Glasgow
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

An intimate evening with Rab Noakes in this lovely westend loft space, part of the Westend Festival.

2019 sees Rab Noakes’s lifetime in music’n’song flourish as he continues to tour and record. This year he has embarked on a 5-year expedition titled ‘Distance No Object’. In 2018 he marked 50 years of professional performance and released an album, the celebratory ‘Welcome to Anniversaryville’.