Rylan Gleave (b.1997) is a composer studying an MMus degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Linda Buckley, after working with Dr Oliver Searle, with Undergraduate tuition by David Fennessy, and preliminary teaching by Professor Heather Slade-Lipkin. He previously trained at Chetham’s School of Music, as a classical singer and pianist, joining the Hallé Youth Choir, and completed his Bachelor of Music Degree with First Class Honours at the RCS also. Rylan's MMus studies are currently supported by an RCS Trust Scholarship, and the Glasgow Educational and Marshall Trust.
Rylan’s work with d/Deaf actors in Glasgow has enabled him to use British Sign Language in his works, creating a new style of accessible and visual performance of contemporary music. All credit to every endeavour involving BSL is attributed to the d/Deaf community in Glasgow.
Sign Cycles and Diversions were two recent concerts in Glasgow’s Scottish Music Centre and Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, featuring his work surrounding BSL, his autism, and the neurodivergent community, funded namely by Creative Scotland, in collaboration with Drake Music Scotland and Hebrides Ensemble. Concert Diversions was awarded 2 Scottish New Music Awards; The RCS Award for Making it Happen and The ISM Music Prize for Collaborations. He has also worked with Drake Music Scotland, and MusicALL to create some Additional Support Need accessible music and concerts, in which performances at ASN schools, the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts, and The Queen's Hall in Edinburgh commenced.
He spoke at the Neurodivergent Composers Gathering 2019, in partnership with sound Scotland and Drake Music Scotland, where he discussed his works with a panel of his peers.
Rylan has also worked with Disability and Deaf Arts Festival, Composers+ Academy, Red Note Ensemble, who additionally selected his piece Unpitched Skin for their Noisy Nights go Digital series from a worldwide call for scores, pianist and composer Rolf Hind, Sonic Bothy, National Theatre of Scotland, National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, The Cumnock Tryst, and Live Music Now, where he was awarded the Kimie Composition Prize, 2018/19, funded by Kimie Trust.
He was also awarded The Walter and Dinah Wolfe Memorial Award, adjudicated by Philip Venables, in 2019, in partnership with the RCS.
He enjoys commission work for theatre, film, and dance, including Ashes to Ashes (nominated for LA Film Awards 2017), What is Happiness? (for Claire Clarke / Solar Bear’s website, 2018) and a fragile geography; PLACES (toured Scotland 2019).
His piece you are embodied air, afloat was recently selected by the Nevis Ensemble in their worldwide call for scores, Musical Postcards, leading to a new commission from them for their Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 tour.
Rylan was also recently commissioned by sound Scotland, for their Lockdown Composing Call, to write for Ensemble Any Enemy.
His work In a sea of screaming I hear your voice was selected for 2nd Prize by The Diversity Initiative, in the brass septet category, and his work Sediment was given an Honourable Mention in the trio category.
Following a BBC interview on his views regarding LGBTQIA+, specifically transgender representation in music, Rylan recorded vocals for National Theatre of Scotland’s project Adam, which toured Scotland in 2017.
In his spare time, he performs as lead vocalist with theatrical black metal band Ashenspire, and sings as a baritone in Wellington Church Choir, who commission him for choral works.