John Maxwell Geddes

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John Maxwell Geddes

John Maxwell Geddes studied at the RSAMD and the Royal Danish Conservatoire. His works include three symphonies, many orchestral and chamber pieces, choral works, folk song settings and film scores. These have been performed at prestigious venues such as London Proms, Warsaw Autumn, St. Petersburg, Sholokov, Don Spring, Xenakis, Prokofiev and Edinburgh festivals, Berlin Sommerfest, St Magnus International Festival, Mendelssohn International Festival, London Guitar Festival and many more throughout the world.

He has lectured in many American Universities including Newport news, Oregon State, U. of Oregon, Washington State, Warner Pacific, Santa Barbara, Berkley and Stanford, and in numerous European academies, including The Meistersingerkonservatorium, Nuremberg; Hochschule in Freiburg and Stuttgart, the Rachmaninoff Conservatoire in Rostov on Don and the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.

He has been awarded the Goethe Institut Award 1986; PRS Composer in Education Award, 1991; Lord Provost of Glasgow's Commendation 2002; Fellow of the RSAMD 2003 and the Creative Scotland Award, 2007.

But above all, this disc is a wonderful portrait of John Maxwell Geddes, whose genius for characterisation, from solemnity to elemental bellowing to slurping drunkenness (via Handel's Messiah), through the nostalgia of music hall and the outrageous hi-jinks of Rank Bajin, is represented in six glorious compositions.