Recent coverage and reviews
Crossing Borders Music; Disabled Composers Around the World
'Crossing Borders Music presents a unique, online chamber music program of composers with disabilities from Scotland, Haiti, Japan, Colombia, and the US, including four world premier works! The composers were selected from a competitive call for scores. UK autistic composer Rylan Gleave’s subtle sea soundscape “in waves” was commissioned by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the Edinburgh Quartet in collaboration with The University of Stirling, but, because of the coronavirus, will receive its premiere performance in this virtual program. The piece is inspired by three paintings by Scottish artist Kirstie Cohen and a poem by Beag Horn, with each artist depicting waves of the Atlantic lashing into rock formations on the shore.'
JACK Studio Artists 2020
'JACK Studio is designed to expand our community of collaborative artists by offering composers opportunities to develop new work, hear their music performed by JACK, consult with mentors in the field, and receive recorded documentation. In its second year, JACK Studio has expanded to offer three distinct programs: commissions, workshops, and recording projects.'
Psappha Ensemble; Composing for...
'Congratulations to our fantastic new cohort of composers. It was another spectacular set of submissions and we‘re sorry to have space for only 20% of the applicants. Thank you to everyone who applied.'
North-east music festival gives go-ahead to ‘hybrid’ events
'A live online performance by ten musicians of Aberdeen’s New Music ensemble, Any Enemy, will take place, alongside compositions by Rufus Isabel Elliot, Rylan Gleave, Lisa Robertson and Aidan Teplitzky.'
Red Note Ensemble; Noisy Nights go Digital 10
'As lockdown restrictions ease, we are happy to announce a third round of new music concerts with these outstanding Red Note musicians that you can enjoy from your own home every Friday at 3PM for the month of August!'
sound Commission; Flute and Electronics
'Following a recent call for Scotland-based composers, five composers have been selected to develop new works for solo flute and electronics working alongside Ruth Morley (flute) from Red Note Ensemble and composer Alistair MacDonald. The new works will be performed during soundfestival 2020.'
Nevis Ensemble; Commission
'Artistically-led by Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves, Nevis Ensemble will commission 11 composers to write new works as part of its online activity whilst live orchestral performances are unable to take place.'
sound Commission; Lockdown Composing
'Following our recent call for composers in response to the current COVID-19 lockdown and its impact on music creators, we are thrilled to announce that we have been able to offer four freelance Scottish-based composers who are not in regular employment a skills development opportunity and a small commission fee of £250.'
The ISM Prize for Collaboration
'Diversions was the result of a unique collaboration between Drake Music Scotland, Hebrides Ensemble and the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, aimed at addressing some of the barriers facing autistic or neurodivergent people who want to attend live music events. The result was an exceptional programme of new music by disabled composers presented with adaptations that made the environment welcoming for all audiences. Curated by composer Ben Lunn, associate artist with Drake Music Scotland and trainee artistic director of Hebrides Ensemble, the event was inspired by the idea that autism-friendly programming should “change the space, not the content”, proving that artistic integrity and accessibility are not mutually exclusive.'
Red Note / Cottiers Herald review
'5 stars. A SHOWCASE for three of the current Leverhulme Conducting Fellows at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, this programme of music was played by an edition of the Red Note Ensemble augmented by half a dozen students from the RCS MusicLab.'
Diversions; Queen's Hall
'Diversions is a concert to celebrate Scotland’s creative diversity. Hebrides Ensemble and Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra have come together for a unique collaboration between acoustic and digital musicians.'
'Live Music Now Scotland commissions young composer Rylan Gleave, recipient of the 2018/19 Kimie Composition Prize, to write music for children with additional support needs.'
Composing without a cure interview, with Ben Lunn
The Autistic existence is a peculiar one, especially in 2018. Constant headlines of parents’ ‘struggling to live’ with their autistic child, combined with horrific attempts to cure their children through all various crackpot theories. How do we compose in this environment? How much does it affect or influence a composer’s mindset?
Musica in Extenso; Composer Portrait Series
'For fans of contemporary music which, given the origins of this blog, likely includes many of our followers, finding the imagination to experience these pieces is made worthwhile by Rylan’s deeply personal compositions. If heavy dissonance is not your thing, perhaps less so. Accordion players? Get ready to feel taken seriously at last.'