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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Sep
18
Wed
Gemma McGregor: The Raven Banner and Carry His Relics [Premieres] @ The Auditorium, Mareel, Shetland
Sep 18 all-day

Performed by Nordic Viola

Sep
19
Thu
Jane Serter: A Meditation @ The Warehouse, London
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm
Sep
21
Sat
David Ward and Ronald Center Piano Sonatas @ Leith Hall, Huntly
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

Music Centeral and Leith Hall are pleased to present a piano recital by Faye Monteith.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and will consist of two parts. During the interval there’ll be refreshments served in the Military Exhibition on the second floor – these can be pre-booked alongside tickets.

Programme

David Ward – Piano Sonata

Schubert – Impromptu No 4 in A flat D 899

Interval

Ronald Center – Piano Sonata

Chopin – Waltz Op 64 No 2

arr. William Gilmour – Scottish Tunes

David Ward: Piano Sonata @ Leith Hall, Huntly
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

Faye Monteith Piano Recital

Music Centeral and Leith Hall are pleased to present a piano recital by Faye Monteith.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and will consist of two parts. During the interval there’ll be refreshments served in the Military Exhibition on the second floor – these can be pre-booked alongside tickets.

Programme

David Ward – Piano Sonata

Schubert – Impromptu No 4 in A flat D 899

Interval

Ronald Center – Piano Sonata

Chopin – Waltz Op 64 No 2

arr. William Gilmour – Scottish Tunes

Sep
22
Sun
Michael Bonaventure: Fleet @ Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh
Sep 22 @ 3:00 pm

Performed by Mark Spalding (piano)

Sep
26
Thu
Dave Arcari @ The Tooth & Claw
Sep 26 @ 8:00 pm

Scotland’s alt.blues troubadour Dave Arcari returns from his latest USA tour to play his favourite Highland venue

Sep
27
Fri
Dave Arcari: Orkney Blues Festival @ Orkney Blues Festival
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: An American Adventure @ Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm

The SNJO is joined by saxophonist Bill Evans and invite you to take a musical expedition across America from north to south and east to west. Along the way, jazz meets up with bluegrass, soul, funk and fusion to create a road trip to remember.

Well known for conducting experimental marriages between firmly established but quite distinct forms of American music, Bill Evans’ portmanteau projects have included such unlikely bedfellows as soul and bluegrass, and jazz and country music.

Here he is reunited with the SNJO to perform a new programme of wild-at-heart, cross-genre music in the true spirit of the west and the music and performance are guaranteed to raise the bar again for jazz music in Scotland.

Sep
28
Sat
Dave Arcari: Orkney Blues Festival @ Orkney Blues Festival
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: An American Adventure @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
directed by Tommy Smith

AN AMERICAN JOURNEY
featuring Bill Evans

The SNJO welcomes saxophonist Bill Evans as their guest and invites you to join them on a musical expedition across America from north to south and east to west. Along the way, jazz will meet up with bluegrass, country, soul, and funk to create a fabulous road trip to remember.

Well known for conducting experimental marriages between firmly established but quite distinct forms of American music, Bill Evans’ projects have included such unlikely bedfellows as soul and bluegrass, and jazz and country music.

Here he is reunited with the SNJO to perform a new programme of wild-at-heart, cross-genre music in the true spirit of the west.  The music and performance are guaranteed to raise the bar again for jazz music in Scotland and create a wonderful evening of jazz.

Pre-Show Talk
A free Pre-show Talk with SNJO and Bill Evans will take before the show, at 6.45pm