Tom David Wilson was born in Manchester in 1957. In the 1970’s he was a student at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied composition with Andrew Downs. In the 1980’s he was a student at Goldsmiths College, London University where he spent five years studying composition with Melanie Dakin and Edward Gregson. For ten years he was Head of Woodwind and Tutor for Academic Music at Uppingham School in Rutland but since 1989 he has lived in Glasgow where he teaches composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh.



Dave Arcari: Honey Bee Blues Club @ The Hub, Sheffield University Students' Union
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Gareth Clemson: John Brydon performs @ Freemasons' Hall, Edinburgh
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm

John Brydon will be giving an organ recital in the Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh, on Saturday 29th April at 3 pm. This is an ESO event dedicated to the memory of his teacher Dr Eric Smith. Included will be two works by Gareth Clemson composed for Dennis Townhill, another of John’s inspirers.

Sally Beamish: Sea Psalm @ St Just in Roseland Church, Cornwall
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm

includes 1st performance of Alexander Campkin ‘by still waters’

LYNNE PLOWMAN ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’: Twelve brilliant miniatures set amongst a complete reading of Coleridge’s 1798 epoch-making work. The compositions refer to the engravings by David Jones for Douglas Cleverdon’s 1929 edition of the poem.
SALLY BEAMISH ‘Sea Psalm: the sinking of HMS Duchess 12th Dec 1939’ is a 20-minute setting of the psalm ‘They that go down to the sea in ships’ during which a spoken narration recites the eyewitness account of the only surviving officer of the sinking of the destroyer HMS Duchess. The psalm forms a refrain to the account,  ending with the hymn ‘Eternal Father strong to save’.
ALEXANDER CAMPKIN ‘by still waters’ (1st performance)
A short memorial follows in memory of Mary Rowlands-Pritchard whose ashes are buried in the churchyard including Alexander Campkin’s ‘by still waters’ composed for OA for this occasion.

Michael Bonaventure: Dragon @ Bridlington Priory Church, East Yorkshire
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm

Organ recital by David Pipe, Leeds Cathedral.

To include Dragon by Michael Bonaventure

Dave Arcari @ Bonfest 2017 @ Bonfest
Apr 30 all-day
Mondays At One: Woodwind – Rory Boyle Celebration @ Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Fraser Langton and James Willshire perform a recital for the launch of Rory Boyle’s Music for Clarinet CD (Delphian Records)

Calan @ Cottiers, Glasgow
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when CALAN, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage.

They breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs as they explore the legends of Wales’ very own fairy realm with tales of magic, myth and mischief.

They have introduced a new generation of music fans to Welsh traditional music – and continue to do so as they tour across Wales, throughout the UK, Europe, North America and beyond.

Great fun, a huge sense of humour, and step-dancing from a champion dancer makes for an outstanding show.

John Gourlay: Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society @ Kirkcaldy Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy
May 2 @ 7:30 pm
John Gourlay
    – Aquarelle
    – Lithoglyph
    – Impasto
Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society – KOS Extra
Lyell Cresswell: Llanto (SCO World Premiere) @ Queen's Hall
May 4 @ 7:30 pm

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Cresswell: Llanto: Clarinet Concerto (SCO Commission: World Premiere)
Schubert: Symphony No 4 in C minor ‘Tragic’

Clemens Schuldt: conductor; Maximiliano Martín: clarinet

Charismatic and compelling on stage, SCO Principal Clarinet Maximiliano Martín is a superb concerto soloist. Here, he premieres Llanto(‘Lament’), written especially for him by Lyell Cresswell whose own track record with concertos is formidable – including a commission for the BBC Proms. The drama of pitching soloist against orchestra inspires him to compose powerfully dramatic music. Award-winning young conductor Clemens Schuldt gives us playful (Stravinsky at his most hilarious) and ‘tragic’ – though Schubert’s Symphony has many more upbeat than sombre moments.

COMPOSER INSIGHTS: 6.30pm Lyell Cresswell and Professor William Sweeney from the University of Glasgow discuss writing for the clarinet.

Lyell Cresswell: Llanto (SCO premiere) @ City Halls, Glasgow
May 5 @ 7:30 pm

Charismatic and compelling on stage, SCO Principal Clarinet Maximiliano Martín is a superb concerto soloist. Here, he premieres Llanto (‘Lament’), written especially for him by Lyell Cresswell whose own track record with concertos is formidable – including a commission for the BBC Proms. The drama of pitching soloist against orchestra inspires him to compose powerfully dramatic music. Award-winning young conductor Clemens Schuldt gives us playful (Stravinsky at his most hilarious) and ‘tragic’ – though Schubert’s Symphony has many more upbeat than sombre moments.


COMPOSER INSIGHTS: 6.30pm Lyell Cresswell and Professor William Sweeney from the University of Glasgow discuss writing for the clarinet.