Studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at St Andrew’s College of Education and with Edward Harper and Nigel Osborne at Edinburgh University. Head of Music at Balfron High School and organist at St Andrew’s Church, Bearsden. Compositions include Griminish Point and Conveyance (orchestral), Pattern of Life and The Fastest Man on Earth (choral), Unseen Vision (chamber), Strata Shift and Night Liftoff (electro-acoustic) and various settings of liturgical texts. Saltire Sinfonietta, an orchestral work in three movements, was commissioned and premiered by the Bearsden and Milngavie Youth Orchestra. Musical interests include 20th century music, jazz and music by Scottish composers.

Calendar

Aug
14
Tue
Emily Doolittle: Jan Tait And The Bear @ Summerhall Venue 26
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Based on a mediaeval story handed down by oral tradition, Emily Doolittle’s comedic chamber opera tells the story of Jan Tait, a rugged and roguish Shetlander who is always ready for an adventure. When he is overcharged by an unscrupulous tax collector, Jan Tait strikes back. He is transported to Norway to account for his crimes before the King, but instead of meeting his fate, he meets a fearsome bear who needs Jan as much as Jan needs him. An adventure for music and folklore fans of all ages.

“Refreshing innocence… sheer charm” Cusp Magazine
“Witty…beautiful… wonderful…say you saw it first” Tempo House

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Blue Rose Code Presents: This is Caledonian soul @ Queens Hall Venue 72
Aug 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

What is Caledonian Soul? Ross Wilson (aka Blue Rose Code) will attempt to answer this question with the help of a 14-piece band and some well-known musical friends.

Blue Rose Code’s most recent album “The Water Of Leith” won The Skinny magazine Readers’ Album Of The Year poll. Both album and live appearances have garnered rave plaudits from audiences and critics for Wilson’s intelligent, passionate and lyrical mix of folk, jazz and yes… Caledonian Soul.

“Imagine John Martyn meets a young Van Morrison shipwrecked with a crate of Chet Baker records” Time Out

www.bluerosecode.com
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Aug
15
Wed
Emily Doolittle: Jan Tait And The Bear @ Summerhall Venue 26
Aug 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Based on a mediaeval story handed down by oral tradition, Emily Doolittle’s comedic chamber opera tells the story of Jan Tait, a rugged and roguish Shetlander who is always ready for an adventure. When he is overcharged by an unscrupulous tax collector, Jan Tait strikes back. He is transported to Norway to account for his crimes before the King, but instead of meeting his fate, he meets a fearsome bear who needs Jan as much as Jan needs him. An adventure for music and folklore fans of all ages.

“Refreshing innocence… sheer charm” Cusp Magazine
“Witty…beautiful… wonderful…say you saw it first” Tempo House

www.ensemblething.com
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Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 15 @ 2:00 pm

An afternoon concert series by one of Scotland’s leading fiddle exponents. Alastair’s heartfelt journey features a unique tribute to his fellow Ayrshire man Rabbie Burns alongside the magical melodies of 18th-century master Niel Gow and 19th-century virtuoso James Scott Skinner. An invigorating and soulful hour not to be missed. ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com). ‘Panache, grace and affection’ (Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman). ‘The fiddle shows both sweetness and granite strength in Savage’s hands’ (Alex Monaghan, LivingTradition.com).

Letters For Peace @ Out of the Blue Drill Hall Venue 195
Aug 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Award winning composer and guitarist Graeme Stephen, performs his new work with Mr McFalls Chamber String Trio. Inspired by the stories and letters of conscientious objectors who refused to fight during the First World War.

Weaving together music, spoken word and image to engage with the public perception of war and highlighting the sacrifices objectors made in the name of peace.

“… conscientious objectors do not believe that violence can cure violence, or that militarism can exorcise the spirit of militarism” Bertrand Russell

“Stephen’s daring writing and willingness to complement conventional lyricism with sonic experiment makes for a powerful experience” The Scotsman

www.graemestephen.net
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Nehh, Made In Scotland And Meursault Present… Crow Hill @ Summerhall Venue 26
Aug 15 @ 11:00 pm – Aug 16 @ 3:00 am

Meursault presents Crow Hill, a series of ‘urban horror story’ vignettes, set in the titular, fictional, Scottish town. A project comprising of a studio album, a feature film and a graphic novel, Meursault will be performing Crow Hill in its entirety, accompanied by projections, dancers and actors.

The band will be supported by Carla Easton on 15 August and Adam Stafford on 16 August, both emerging Scottish acts already featured as part of NEHH’s annual programme.

www.iammeursault.com
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Aug
16
Thu
Emily Doolittle: Jan Tait And The Bear @ Summerhall Venue 26
Aug 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Based on a mediaeval story handed down by oral tradition, Emily Doolittle’s comedic chamber opera tells the story of Jan Tait, a rugged and roguish Shetlander who is always ready for an adventure. When he is overcharged by an unscrupulous tax collector, Jan Tait strikes back. He is transported to Norway to account for his crimes before the King, but instead of meeting his fate, he meets a fearsome bear who needs Jan as much as Jan needs him. An adventure for music and folklore fans of all ages.

“Refreshing innocence… sheer charm” Cusp Magazine
“Witty…beautiful… wonderful…say you saw it first” Tempo House

www.ensemblething.com
Facebook – ensemblething
Twitter – ensemblething

Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 16 @ 2:00 pm

An afternoon concert series by one of Scotland’s leading fiddle exponents. Alastair’s heartfelt journey features a unique tribute to his fellow Ayrshire man Rabbie Burns alongside the magical melodies of 18th-century master Niel Gow and 19th-century virtuoso James Scott Skinner. An invigorating and soulful hour not to be missed. ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com). ‘Panache, grace and affection’ (Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman). ‘The fiddle shows both sweetness and granite strength in Savage’s hands’ (Alex Monaghan, LivingTradition.com).

Letters For Peace @ Out of the Blue Drill Hall Venue 195
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Award winning composer and guitarist Graeme Stephen, performs his new work with Mr McFalls Chamber String Trio. Inspired by the stories and letters of conscientious objectors who refused to fight during the First World War.

Weaving together music, spoken word and image to engage with the public perception of war and highlighting the sacrifices objectors made in the name of peace.

“… conscientious objectors do not believe that violence can cure violence, or that militarism can exorcise the spirit of militarism” Bertrand Russell

“Stephen’s daring writing and willingness to complement conventional lyricism with sonic experiment makes for a powerful experience” The Scotsman

www.graemestephen.net
Facebook – graemestephenmusic
Twitter – gstephenguitar
Soundcould – gstephen1

Nehh, Made In Scotland And Meursault Present… Crow Hill @ Summerhall Venue 26
Aug 16 @ 11:00 pm – Aug 17 @ 3:00 am

Meursault presents Crow Hill, a series of ‘urban horror story’ vignettes, set in the titular, fictional, Scottish town. A project comprising of a studio album, a feature film and a graphic novel, Meursault will be performing Crow Hill in its entirety, accompanied by projections, dancers and actors.

The band will be supported by Carla Easton on 15 August and Adam Stafford on 16 August, both emerging Scottish acts already featured as part of NEHH’s annual programme.

www.iammeursault.com
Facebook – meursaultmusic
Twitter – meursaultmusic
Instagram – meursaultmusic