Alastair Stout (b. 1975) - Home
Born Derby. Between 1985 and 1989 he was a chorister at Ely Cathedral, becoming Head Chorister in his final year. He was then organ scholar at Loretto School in Edinburgh 1991-93. He studied in London at the Royal College of Music with Joseph Horovitz and John Birch (1993 - 97), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Robert Saxton (1997 - 98) and Royal Holloway, University of London with Simon Holt (1998 - 2001). In 1995 he won the Glasgow Orchestral Society's Young Composer Award and in 1996 received a commission to write an anthem for the opening of the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. His first String Quartet won the Gregynog Composers Award of Wales 1999. Since 1981 he has been based on Shetland.
...progressing upwards to an almost unbearable intensity before plunging to the depths of bassoon and bass clarinet sound, leaving the difference tones ringing around our heads, ending with a growling crescendo breaking up in a series of menacing snorts.