John McLeod is one of Scotland’s foremost composers and amongst the UK’s busiest and most prolific. He studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music with Sir Lennox Berkeley but later came under the influence of Witold Lutoslawski who became his mentor. John has won many awards for his work including the Guinness Prize for British composers.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 1989 and was a recipient of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) Gold Badge in 2014. He has been shortlisted twice for a British Composer Award and in June 2016 was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. His works have been commissioned, performed and recorded by leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, Hallé, BBC SSO (12 works broadcast) RSNO, SCO, NYOS (22 performances) as well as orchestras in Poland, Germany and the USA and by many ensembles and international soloists including Colin Currie, Peter Donohoe, Raimund Gilvan, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Benjamin Luxon, Jane Manning and Murray McLachlan.
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William Sweeney: Eòlas nan Ribheid [World Premiere]; John McLeod: The Gokstad Ship @ City Halls, Glasgow
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm


David Fennessy

New Work (BBC commission, World Premiere)

William Sweeney

Eòlas nan Ribheid  (The Wisdom of the Reeds) concertino for clarinet and orchestra (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

Anna Clyne

Beltane (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

John McLeod

The Gokstad Ship

Oliver Knussen

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)