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.



Alastair Savage: Celtic Connections @ The National Piping Centre, Glasgow
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm

Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson with Alastair Savage

Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson are two rising young stars of the Swedish folk scene. Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Mountain Meeting in 2015 the duo have become known for innovative interpretations of Nordic folk music. They invite the listener into a musical world where original compositions are mixed with traditional material, moving adeptly between atmospheric improvisation, tight melody playing and filmic soundscapes. Meet the violin and the accordion in a way that will surprise even the most dedicated folk music listener.

Oliver Searle: Sauchiehall @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Jan 31 @ 1:00 pm

Barber Eassay for Orchestra No. 2
Searle Sauchiehall
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, “Italian”

North meets South: and on a January afternoon in Glasgow, who couldn’t do with a bit of sunshine? Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony begins with a little explosion of sunlight and joy – music that sings, dances and simply lies back and soaks up the rays. Conductor Patrycja Pieczara flies us south this lunchtime. It’ll make a colourful contrast to Samuel Barber’s moody mini-masterpiece and adopted Glaswegian Oliver Searle’s entertaining musical stroll down our very own Sauchiehall Street!

Rory Boyle: Reeling @ Prince Michael Hall, Dean Close School, Cheltenham
Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm

Robert Saxton – Invocation, Dance and Meditation

Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel

Edwin Roxburgh – Monologue

Rory Boyle – Reeling

Huw Watkins – Fantasy

Howard Blake – Prelude from Benedictus

Takemitsu – A Bird came down the Walk

Thomas Adès – Darkness Visible

Robert Hugill – Three pieces from the Book

of Common Prayer

Paul Patterson – Elegiac Blues

Recognised for her qualities as a soloist and chamber musician, Rosalind Ventris is emerging as one of the most sought-after young violists internationally, receiving five prizes at the 2013 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. James Willshire also performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician, and appears regularly at the major UK concert halls.

Rory Boyle: Di Tre Re e Io @ Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm

Fraser Langton clarinet | Rosalind Ventris viola | James Willshire piano

Francaix Trio for clarinet, viola and piano | Mozart Keglestatt Trio | Rory Boyle Di tre re ed io

Trio Dramatis are an exciting and committed ensemble who have commissioned the Rory Boyle work being played today. It’s worth forming an ensemble just to be able to play Mozart’s wonderful Kegelstatt Trio, and composers such as Schumann and Bruch also wrote for the medium. The repertoire has vastly expanded in the 20th century, and the Boyle piece (the title means ‘Three Ds and me’, which might give you a clue as to the theme!) is varied and exciting, with very rapid interactions between the instruments while remaining emotionally powerful and not difficult to follow. The trio have recorded this piece on a Rory Boyle disc, and it’s definitely worth checking out. Francaix provides his usual mix of lively French frivolity with mildly twisted harmonies to set the recital off to a fizzing start.

Elena Piras: St John’s Church @ St John's Church, Cardiff
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

With supporting songs from Cardiff Canton Singers led by
Laura Bradshaw.

This is a charity night in aid of Care & Repair Cymru – Improving homes, Changing lives.

Tickets are £7 (£5 for concessions), and can be purchased on the door

You can pre-book your ticket at Or contact Or call 07887 371062

Rory Boyle: Tales from the Marsh
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm

BBC Singers, conducted by Michael Bawtree

Programme to feature Tales from the Marsh by Rory Boyle

Tom Harrold: Acrid Lines @ Powell Hall, Sedburgh
Jul 15 @ 7:30 pm
Tom Harrold: New Work for Choir and Organ @ Glasgow University Chapel
Nov 11 all-day

Glasgow University Chapel Choir, Massed Choir, organist TBC

Rory Boyle: 3 Faces in the Crowd @ Ledger Recital Room, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Nov 23 @ 1:00 pm

Programme to include Rory Boyle – 3 Faces in The Crowd (Piano Trio No. 3)

The Rembrandt Trio