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.

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Dec
16
Sat
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Tommy Smith: Spirit of Light @ St Machar's Cathedral, Aberdeen
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

The SCOTTISH NATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA

presents

SPIRIT OF LIGHT

composed by TOMMY SMITH

and featuring

KURT ELLING and CAPPELLA NOVA

 

Spirit of Light is a celebration in music and song that combines the sacred and the secular in an illuminating new work composed by Tommy Smith

Inspired by the seasonal iconography of the Star, Three Kings, Christmas Night, Winter Snow and the dawning of Christmas Day, it features settings of poetry by eminently humanitarian writers, Rainer Maria Rilke, Norman MacCaig, Robert Frost, Franz Wright, Jim Heylen and St. Francis of Assisi.

Celebrated jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and ten voices of Cappella Nova will join the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to celebrate this new music, and we warmly welcome audiences, young and old, to share in this extraordinary choral and orchestral jazz experience.

Kurt Elling is a profoundly versatile American singer and a multiple Grammy Award winner who is recognised worldwide as a leading figure in jazz. He is noted for his ability to transcend genre through his dedication to the power of song and the strength of great melody.

Cappella Nova is Scotland’s finest choral ensemble, noted for its unrivalled reputation as champion of Scotland’s unique treasure of early vocal music and dedication to original music by contemporary composers like James MacMillan or John Tavener.

Tommy Smith is a leading light in European jazz, first and foremost as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation, and latterly as the founder and director of the SNJO and he will join the orchestra as their principal soloist.

The songs of Spirit of Light summons the traditional, the hymnal, the poetic and the modern for a series of memorable performances in the acoustic splendour of Scotland’ finest Cathedrals.

At the turn of the year, a time for reflection and observation, Spirit of Light is the sound of hope restored and optimism renewed with strong messages of lasting peace, quiet joy and genuine understanding.

Dec
17
Sun
John Gourlay: Langtoun Singers and Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society @ Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society Concert: Variation 2 – Winter

Programme includes:

This Child
and
Onze Noëls Après Charpentier
by John Gourlay.
John Gourlay: Langtoun Singers and Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society @ Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy
Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society Concert: Variation 2 – Winter

Programme includes:

This Child
and
Onze Noëls Après Charpentier
by John Gourlay.
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Tommy Smith: Spirit of Light @ St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The SCOTTISH NATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA

presents

SPIRIT OF LIGHT

composed by TOMMY SMITH

and featuring

KURT ELLING and CAPPELLA NOVA

Spirit of Light is a celebration in music and song that combines the sacred and the secular in an illuminating new work composed by Tommy Smith

Inspired by the seasonal iconography of the Star, Three Kings, Christmas Night, Winter Snow and the dawning of Christmas Day, it features settings of poetry by eminently humanitarian writers, Rainer Maria Rilke, Norman MacCaig, Robert Frost, Franz Wright, Jim Heylen and St. Francis of Assisi.

Celebrated jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and ten voices of Cappella Nova will join the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to celebrate this new music, and we warmly welcome audiences, young and old, to share in this extraordinary choral and orchestral jazz experience.

Kurt Elling is a profoundly versatile American singer and a multiple Grammy Award winner who is recognised worldwide as a leading figure in jazz. He is noted for his ability to transcend genre through his dedication to the power of song and the strength of great melody.

Cappella Nova is Scotland’s finest choral ensemble, noted for its unrivalled reputation as champion of Scotland’s unique treasure of early vocal music and dedication to original music by contemporary composers like James MacMillan or John Tavener.

Tommy Smith is a leading light in European jazz, first and foremost as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation, and latterly as the founder and director of the SNJO. As principal soloist, he will be joining the orchestra, as they warmly welcome audiences, young and old, to share in an extraordinary choral and orchestral jazz experience.

The songs of Spirit of Light summons the traditional, the hymnal, the poetic and the modern for a series of memorable performances in the acoustic splendour of Scotland’ finest Cathedrals.

At the turn of the year, a time for reflection and observation, Spirit of Light is the sound of hope restored and optimism renewed with strong messages of lasting peace, quiet joy and genuine understanding.

Jan
19
Fri
Marcus Blunt: CD Launches
Jan 19 all-day
Jan
25
Thu
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.

Jan
31
Wed
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!

Feb
11
Sun
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.

Mar
14
Wed
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.

Mar
24
Sat
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 www.careandrepair.org.uk Or contact
Sheleagh.llewellyn@careandrepair.org.uk Or call 07887 371062