Acquired a music teaching degree from Aberdeen University (formerly the Northern College of Education), then taught in further education and latterly, in schools in Glasgow. Studied with John Maxwell Geddes to gain a distinction for his Masters degree in 2002, then continued studies with the completion of a PhD in composition in 2006. Recent performances include works for the Hebrides Ensemble, Paragon, Red Note, NYOS, the New Music Players, the BBCSSO and the RSNO, as well as several broadcasts. He is frequently involved in the creation of music for theatre, has written music for people with Cochlear Implants, and holds a lecturing post at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Winner of the Mendelssohn Scholarship 2004 and a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2003. He is co-director of the new-music group, SYMPOSiA, which he co-founded in 2002. Recent projects include Technophonia, working with Drake Music Scotland, as part of the London cultural Olympiad (and PRS New Music 20×12), which was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award and a British Composer Award. He has recently worked on a collaborative music theatre project for the Commonwealth in 2014 (The Pokey Hat) and is the Associate Composer with Grinagog Theatre company.
Barber Eassay for Orchestra No. 2
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!