Live Music Now is a charitable organisation, founded in 1977 by the late Yehudi Menuhin:
– To bring the joy and inspiration of live music to people in our communities who have limited access and
– To support the professional development of outstanding young musicians at the outset of their careers
Live Music Now works with disadvantaged groups who have little or no opportunity to experience the transforming power of music in their lives. The people that they work with and perform for are older people, in failing health, often socially isolated and with dementia; children and adults with learning, physical and communication difficulties; pre-school children and disaffected young offenders within the justice system who need to turn their lives around.
The highly talented young professional musicians have all been specially auditioned and are selected not only for their outstanding musical skills but also for their exceptional abilities to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds. They come from a wide range of musical genres â€“ classical, traditional, jazz, world, rock and pop, and are all trained and mentored by Live Music Now to fulfil their potential in sharing their passion for live music with their diverse audiences. This is a unique opportunity giving invaluable experience and support to musicians on the brink of their professional careers and Live Music Now are proud to see many of their alumni on the international concert stages of the world! Links with sister organisations in Europe, led by Live Music Now Scotland, extend their audiences and professional development role internationally.
With 35 years of experience, Live Music Now has built up a deep understanding of how interactive performances in familiar environments can stimulate and invigorate a wide range of audiences. The benefits are far-reaching and long lasting, whether social, emotional or educational; learning new skills and how to participate; and leading to improved well-being, mental and physical health.
New Work, World Premiere (c. 12’)
Symphony No 1 (26’)
Í: A Meditation on Iona (16’)
Symphony No 2 (34’)
This is a very Swensen concert, sure to have those hallmark qualities that inspire critical reactions such as ‘thrilling and ecstatic”, and “some of the keenest and most explosive performances from the SCO”. To have him direct the first two Beethoven symphonies is a rare treat. Great music, of course, but also a fascinating snapshot of Beethoven’s amazing evolution in his early 30s. Twenty years after conducting the premiere, Swensen returns to James MacMillan’s atmospheric Í : a musical evocation of Iona, a place of wild seas, stark beauty and spirituality. Opening the evening is a new voice for SCO audiences as award-winning Tom Harrold writes his first piece for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
COMPOSER INSIGHTS, 6.30PM
Composer Tom Harrold introduces his new work with a visual presentation, prior to performances in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
BOYLE Touch (for solo flute)
BERKELEY Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet
BOYLE Four Ways to play Reels
As a champion of new music, the Woodwind Department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has built a strong relationship with our Composition Department, and in particular with Lecturer in Composition Rory Boyle. Rory has been at the centre of much creative collaboration with current students, graduates and staff of the WW Department and this concert is dedicated to Rory as we wish him well in his retirement from the RCS.
St Andrews Celebration concert
from 10 am – Coffee Morning
12.30 pm – Recital (Alastair Savage & Friends)
Alastair Savage & Peter Clark – Fiddles
Eddie McGuire – Flute
Ewan Robertson – Whistle
Euan Drysdale – Guitar / Piano
Ian Crawford – Double Bass
Admission to recital is £5 payable at the door
Calum Robertson (organ) will perform works including Rory Boyle’s Toccata.
Songs from Scotland, Ireland, Sardinia and Bulgaria
Elena will be singing at The Apothecary @ 7:30pm on Wednesday 6 December 2017
Tickets £15 include fine teas and homemade cakes
Spaces limited to book please phone 02921320020
Alastair Savage takes us on a journey of Scots fiddle music featuring music by 18th century master Niel Gow and 19th century composer James Scott Skinner alongside music from present day Scotland including Alastair’s own compositions. Accompanying Alastair will be Alice Allen from Aberdeenshire, a rising star in the cello world.
New Work (BBC commission, World Premiere)
Eòlas nan Ribheid (The Wisdom of the Reeds) concertino for clarinet and orchestra (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Beltane (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
The Gokstad Ship
Symphony No. 3(Scottish Premiere)
BBC Commissions for the BBC SSO of new works inspired by Scotland and its culture continues with a new work for clarinet and orchestra, a piece from Anna Clyne inspired by the Beltane Fire Festival and much more. Thomas Dausgaard conducts…
Tickets available from Monday 30 October 2017.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Yann Ghiro (clarinet)
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)
Alastair presents an afternoon concert of Scots fiddle repertoire old and new. Accompanied on cello by Alice Allen from Aberdeenshire, a rising star in the cello world
Linos Piano Trio
C. P. E. Bach – Trio in E minor, Wq. 89/5
L. van Beethoven – Trio in D Major, op. 70/1 “Ghost”
C. Debussy – La Mer (arr. Sally Beamish)
A lunchtime performance in the magnificent setting of St. Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile. Alastair is joined by Alice Allen on cello for a concert of Scots fiddle music, featuring melodies by Niel Gow and James Scott Skinner.