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recently released

for electric guitar and tape c.6'

Composed for Explorathon 2020, in collaboration with the University of St. Andrews, and inspired by the research of Sam Pearson. Written for Fraser Gordon of Ashenspire, and performed in Explorathon by Eli Thayer of Marine Anthropology.

in waves

2020

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for string quartet c.7'

Commissioned by the RCS for the Edinburgh Quartet.

Made in collaboration with poet Beag Horn and artist Kirstie Cohen.

Selected and purchased for a concert of Disabled composers' work from around the world by Crossing Borders Music, who premiered the piece.

Selected for JACK Studio, 2020-2022 by JACK Quartet for a professional recording project.

UNSUNG II; Harbinger&Herald

2020

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for flute and electronics c.6'

Commissioned by sound Scotland for soundfestival 2020, and performed by Ruth Morely of Red Note Ensemble and Alistair MacDonald.

 

Significant works

Large Ensemble & Music Theatre

stranger, morning
2020

The Strange Musician

2018-2019

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for solo voice and orchestra c.9-10'

for violinist/actor, 3 d/Deaf actors, mezzo-soprano, BSL narrator/actor conductor, flute (doubling piccolo), horn, trumpet, saxophone, percussion, string quartet, contrabass c.26'

Text by Rufus Isabel Elliot. Version for solo voice and piano also available.

Premiere of voice and piano version scheduled in 2021 by Ella Taylor and Maya Leigh-Rosenwasser, in a concert of works by trans composers.

World premiere by Glasgow New Music Expedition and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students at Plug 9: Finale with GNME and Philip Venables, RCS, Glasgow.

Artwork by Angus Dunn

 

Small Ensemble

In waves

2020

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before, and since

2020

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In a sea of screaming I hear your voice
2020

for string quartet c.7'

for digital ensemble c.3'

for brass septet c.8-9'

Commissioned by the RCS for the Edinburgh Quartet.

Made in collaboration with poet Beag Horn and artist Kirstie Cohen.

Selected and purchased for a concert of Disabled composers' work from around the world by Crossing Borders Music, who will premiere the piece.

Selected for JACK Studio, 2020-2022 by JACK Quartet for a professional recording project.

Comissioned by sound for Any Enemy Ensemble, for live performance over Zoom.

Second performance in soundfestival by Any Enemy, live-staged.

Awarded Second Prize in the Diversity Initiative Call for Scores Septet Category. World premiere scheduled in 2021.

I could
2019-2020

Permanent Address

2019

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Don't call me that!

2018-2019

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for oboe, bassoon, trumpet, violin, and violoncello c.6'30"

for clarinet, violin, viola, and violoncello c.10

for string quartet c.12'

World premiere by Red Note Ensemble at Oakwood Primary School, Easterhouse. Second performance in Red Note Ensemble; Eight Songs for a Mad King, Cottier's Theatre, Glasgow.

World premiere by Hebrides Ensemble at Diversions at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh.

Diversions was awarded 2 Scottish New Music Awards; The RCS Award for Making it Happen and The ISM Music Prize for Collaborations. 

Second performance by Red NNote Ensemble scheduled in soundfestival 2021.

Photography by Alasdair Dunn 

Awarded the Walter & Dinah Wolfe Memorial Award, 2019.

World premiere by The Brodick Quartet at Fridays at One, PLUG 8: Brodick Quartet, RCS, Glasgow.

 

Solo & Duo

UNSUNG II; Harbinger&Herald

2020

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winding through seaweed

2020

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for electric guitar and tape c.6'

for flute and electronics c.6'

for soprano saxophone and tape c.3'

Composed for Explorathon 2020, in collaboration with the University of St. Andrews, and inspired by the research of Sam Pearson. Written for Fraser Gordon of Ashenspire, and performed in Explorathon by Eli Thayer of Marine Anthropology.

Commissioned by sound Scotland for soundfestival 2020, and performed by Ruth Morely of Red Note Ensemble and Alistair MacDonald.

Commissioned by Jenny Gillies and Nevis Ensemble, for Jenny Akroyd, as part of the Lochan Sketches project, 2020. Premiere on BBC Radio Scotland, Classics Unwrapped.

Heartstrings

2020

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Unpitched skin

2020

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you are embodied air, afloat

2020

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for violin and violoncello c.5'

for classical guitar c.5'

for viola and tape c.10'

World premiere by Jackie Shave and Robert Irvine, as part of Red Note Ensemble's Noisy Nights go Digital series.

World premiere by Sasha Savaloni, as part of Red Note Ensemble's Noisy Nights go Digital series.

World premiere by Rufus Isabel Elliot, Glasgow, 2020.

Stolen Hours

2019

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Six Weather Pictures

2019

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am

2018

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for out-of-tune piano and tape c.6'30"

for tenor saxophone and piano, with optional live signed description c.11'

for projected text, live BSL, and piano c.14'

Recording by Alina Horváth and mastering by Amit Anand, 2020. Recordings taken of Alasdair Dunn.

Artwork by Angus Dunn.

Awarded the 2018/2019 Kimie Composition Prize, and commissioned by Live Music Now Scotland for the Gelos Duo, funded by Kimie Trust. Two performances at The Yard, Edinburgh, for children with additional support needs.

Artwork by Angus Dunn

Supported by Creative Scotland, Sonic Bothy, DaDaFest, and Unlimited. Performed by Electra Perivolaris and Rylan Gleave. Two performances at The Scottish Music Centre, 2018 and A Sign of Things to come, 2019.

 

Vocal & Choral

There will be no end
2020

Windows
2017-2018

Distinguished Guests

2017-2018

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for youth choir and piano c.3'30"

for high voice and piano c.15'30

for live vocals and tape c.6'

Commissioned by Dr. Paul Whittaker OBE for Scunthorpe Junior Cooperative Choir. Text by Anne Macleod. Awaiting world premiere in 2021. SATB version also available.

Song cycle with text by Elizabeth Foster. Versions for low and medium voice also available.

World premiere by Rylan Gleave at PLUG 2: Sonic Arts, RCS, Glasgow.

 
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