University of Glasgow music graduate, Helen MacKinnon is a Scottish composer who began composing professionally in 2015.? Helen?s growing portfolio of choral music is already enjoyed by choirs in Europe and Asia. Her setting of Gloria in Excelsis Deo was awarded by Ennio Morricone in the Florence International Choir Festival and recently recorded in Prague.

Helen takes inspiration from her Scottish heritage, faith and travels to shape her musical focus. Recent works include The Rinns of Islay, a musical journey around the island written for symphony orchestra. Living in Perthshire, Helen is on the Executive Committee of Perth Festival of the Arts and performs with Perth Symphony Orchestra.



Alastair Savage Trio with Guests @ Paisley Abbey, Paisley
Jan 19 @ 12:30 pm

A special New Years Celebration Concert with the Alastair Savage Trio (Alastair Savage, Euan Drysdale and Iain Crawford) with Eddie McGuire (flute), Robert Wallace (pipes) and Ewan Robertson (flute/whistle/piccolo).

The concert will feature pieces from Alastair Savage’s new album ‘When Barley Reaches Shore’.

Rory Boyle: Muckle Flugga [World Premiere] @ Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm
Rory Boyle: Trio Notturno for Flute, Viola and Harp [World Premiere] @ St David's Hall, Cardiff
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm

A double bill of two fascinating instrumental combinations brings you a multi-award winning trio of harp, viola and flute, Trio Anima, alongside an accordion and cello duo, Park Lane Group Artists Duo Bayanello.

Duo Bayanello, created by accordionist Iosif Purits and cellist Cecila Bignall, will be performing works from Martin?, to John Cage, to NightMusic associate composer Freya Waley-Cohen.? Described as “daring, audacious and simply magnificent?, Trio Anima will bring us works by Rory Boyle, Toru Takemitsu and Th?odore Dubois. The programme will also feature a new commission from T??Cerdd.

Rory Boyle: String Quartet No.2 (Quartetto da Requiem) @ Le Monde, Edinburgh
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

A selection of movements exploring the historical and modern roles of faith in music, including work by Rory Boyle and Haydn’s Seven Last Words. Our Classical Rush Hour series tickets all include a drink – arrive at the bar from 5pm, get a drink and take your seat for an hour of the best classical music.