Born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Michael Spencer studied composition with Graham Hair at the University of Glasgow where he received an MA in Music and Scottish Literature. Between 1997 and 2002, he completed a MusM and PhD in Composition with Geoff Poole at Manchester University. Since 1998 he has worked privately with James Dillon, on whose work he has published two articles. In 2003, he received a stipend to attend the International Summer Course for Composers at Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, where he worked with Chaya Czernowin, Steve Takasugi and Richard Barrett. He has given talks and seminars on his own music and other aspects of new music in France and the USA as well as around the UK.

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Nov
22
Wed
Sally Beamish: Whitescape @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Nov 22 @ 1:00 pm

Stravinsky Concerto in E Flat Major Dumbarton Oaks
Beamish Whitescape
Beethoven Symphony No7

Something old, something new, something borrowed…Stravinsky’s zesty homage to the 18th century gets this year’s series of lunchtime musical feasts off to a mouth-watering start. And when the young New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New unleashes Beethoven’s volcanic Seventh Symphony in the intimate surroundings of the New Auditorium – well, let’s just say that it should certainly recharge your batteries! First, though, something from Scotland. Sally Beamish’s Frankenstein-inspired Whitescape tells a tale of ice, fog and mystery…

Tom Harrold: New Work for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (World Premiere) @ Ayr Town Hall, Ayr
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm

HARROLD
New Work, World Premiere (c. 12’)
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No 1 (26’)
MACMILLAN
Í: A Meditation on Iona (16’)
BEETHOVEN
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.

Nov
23
Thu
Tom Harrold: New Work for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra @ Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm

HARROLD
New Work, World Premiere (c. 12’)
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No 1 (26’)
MACMILLAN
Í: A Meditation on Iona (16’)
BEETHOVEN
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.

Nov
24
Fri
Tom Harrold: New Work for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra @ City Halls, Glasgow
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

HARROLD
New Work, World Premiere (c. 12’)
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No 1 (26’)
MACMILLAN
Í: A Meditation on Iona (16’)
BEETHOVEN
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.

Dec
2
Sat
Alastair Savage: Paisley Abbey @ Paisley Abbey, Paisley
Dec 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

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

Dec
6
Wed
Elena Piras: The Apothecary @ The Apothecary, Cardiff
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm

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: The Fiddle Music of Scotland @ Drake Bar, Glasgow
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm

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.

Dec
9
Sat
William Sweeney: Eòlas nan Ribheid [World Premiere]; John McLeod: The Gokstad Ship @ City Halls, Glasgow
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

Programme

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)

Dec
10
Sun
Alastair Savage @ St Margaret's Episcopal Church
Dec 10 @ 3:30 pm

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

Sally Beamish: La Mer @ Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Dec 10 @ 3:30 pm

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)