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My 2017

It is edging toward the end of 2017 and as has become tradition over the last few years here is my summary of the year. This year has largely revolved around The Night With..., going to Shanghai, working with Marisa Zanotti and Magnetic North and writing an opera, my 4th string quartet, an orchestral piece and a duo.

2018 is going to see the première of Little Black Lies (the opera) and Entangled (the quartet), writing Joanna Nicholson and Frances Cooper a new piece for clarinet and soprano (with support from the Hope Scott Trust) and all being well running a third season of The Night With... Other plans are in the pipeline so we will see what is to come!

Year in Numbers

  • 1 single released
  • 1 film score completed
  • 1 installation in development
  • 3 premières
  • 5 pieces finished
  • 30 performances
  • 83 minutes of music written

February

The première of David Graham Scott's The End of the Game at the Glasgow Film Festival. Featuring music written for the film and my Quartet for Violin, Viola Cello and Double Bass. 

March

The return of The Night With... this year Creative Scotland supported five concerts with the first being Red Note Ensemble in March. http://thenightwith.co.uk/events/event/the-night-with-red-note-2/ It was also the first Scottish Awards for New Music, which I was involved in organising in Drygate.

April

The Night With... Emma Lloyd and Joanna Nicholson featured the première of my Piece for Violin and Bass Clarinet. Which was also released as a digital single with the support of the Bliss Trust.

Also on Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music etc.

May

After four months of writing the RTÉ NSO premièred Repercussive in the National Concert Hall in Dublin which was written as part of the CMC Composer Lab.

The third concert of The Night With... series this time with the Aurea Quartet and the first time I've run a call for scores and composer workshop.

Carla Rees' arrangement of my Nobilis Humilis was premièred in Greece by the Rarescale Flute Choir. Carla is also publishing the piece available on Tetractys.

Michael Palin's Quest for Artemisia was rebroadcast on BBC 4

June

The Night With... Tom Poulson, Danielle Price and Timothy Cooper, the last in the 2017 series.

Abby Hayward performed my Dichroic Light in the Fruitmarket Gallery as part of their Ambient Audiences series.

July

I won the Sunday Herald's One To Watch at their culture awards.

Crash Ensemble programmed my Unda Malacia during Clonmel Junction Festival

Found out I was going to the Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers in Shanghai supported by Creative Scotland!

August

Capella Nova performed Nobilis Humilis as part of the Made in Scotland showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Finished writing Little Black Lies for Scottish Opera Connect with libritto by Helene Grøn (it will be performed in 2018) and then spent some in NTS Studios with Marisa Zanotti developing We Are All Made of Stars

September

Dominic Hill's production of The Macbeths at Citizens Theatre featured Dichroic Light within its soundtrack.

October

After a few months of planning I went to Shanghai. It was a really interesting experience and I wrote another blog about it here I also spent 10 days in Australia as a bit of a holiday and went diving on the Great Barrier Reef for 3 days. Pretty good time away!

November

This was spent finishing off writing Entangled commissioned by the Institute of Physics for a performance on 15th Feb 2018 at the NI Science Festival by the Aurea Quartet with a film by Marisa Zanotti.

December

Was speant working on We Are All Made of Stars. We presented a work in progress sharing in Summerhall. Below is the 360 film part of the installation. I was also featured in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Movers and Shakers publication.

Music I’ve enjoyed listening to released in 2017




My 2014

I thought a brief summary of 2014 would be an idea because it was such an interesting year. The biggest news was receiving a Quality Production Award from Creative Scotland to record an album of my chamber music, write a new piece for viola d’amore and electronics with Emma Lloyd and produce a number of concerts. This is still on going with the album being released in April 2015 and the concerts in May 2015.

I’ve also received a commission a commission from R-Space Gallery to collaborate with Dominika Mayovich to create an audio visual installation for exhibition in June 2015.

But here’s the summery of what I did in 2014.

March
– Performance of my Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass in Dublin’s National Concert Hall by the Robinson Panoramic Quartet who commissioned the piece along with the Irish Composers’ Collective.

– Performance of Attention for soprano and cello in Myrna Loy Centre, St Helena and the University of Montana by Diagenesis Duo. Diagenesis commissioned me in 2012 and have performed the piece a number of times since.

April
– sound design for installation in R-Space Gallery, Lisburn, with Toshinibu Takamitsu and Eamonn Higgins (http://www.matthewwhiteside.co.uk/?event=weaving-metal-making-art-r-space-lisburn)

May to November
– Performances of Three Pieces for Bass Clarinet and Electronics written for and performed by Joanna Nicholson in The Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin, National Galleries in Edinburgh and Musa in Aberdeen as part of Sound Festival. I’d been working closely with Joanna since January to write the piece.

– Working with Terra Incognita Arts with partially sighted participants to compose an electroacoustic piece (As I See It) based on a walking tour devised by the participants. The final piece was hosted in the Arches through November.

December
– Premier screening of The Loudest Sound in Boston, USA. It is a feature film by Jason Miller that I wrote the music for.
– Received the Francis Chagrin Award

 

Summary of 2013

Its coming to the end of 2013 and I think its nice to do a bit of a summary of what happened to me and my music this year. As much for myself as to show everyone out there in internet world.

In summary I’ve had 17 performances, given 2 talks, written 8 pieces and the music to one film. Not too bad a year at all.

January

I was asked to give a talk on Will We See Light? my brass quintet in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. A transcript of which can be read here.

February

Emma Lloyd played Ulation at Sound Proof in The Forrest.

Premier of Sanshen for drum kit and live electronics was premiered by Glynn Forrest and Edit-Point.

for Matt Mattera was played by Red Note during Noisy Nights.

March

Edit-Point was set up as a real company with myself, Timothy Cooper and Nicholas Virgo as directors.

for Matt Mattera was played by Red Note during Noisy Nights (again).

April

Premier of Well, Well, Well by Red Note during Noisy Nights. At the time of writing this is my most listened to track on Sound Cloud with 906 plays!

Ulation was performed again by Emma Lloyd but this time in Sonorities Festival in Belfast.

Premier of Paldookotous by Concorde in Dublin.

Vociferous Palpitation was also featured in Sonorities Festival in Belfast.

May

Attention was premiered in New York by Diagenesis Duo.

June

Attention was played again in New York by Diagenesis Duo.

I attended the Edinburgh International Film Festival composers lab.

September

Showing of Elements my first audio installation in R-Space Gallery.

Premier of Postcard from Esmond Street.

Ulation played again by Emma but this time in Glasgow.

Vociferous Palpitation was featured in the Culture Night activities in the CMC.

October

Gave a talk in R-Space Gallery about my music and installation. You can read the transcript here.

Quartet No. 3 was played by the Gildas Quartet in the Belfast Festival and Sound Festival. Part of Edit-Point’s first tour.

Premier of Modern Models of Luminosity in Dublin’s National Concert Hall.

I attended the Ghent Film Festival.

November

I was commissioned to write music for The Loudest Sound.

December

Mostly been relaxing and writing music for the film.

 

 

RCS Talk 7-1-13

As promised to those today here is a link to download the various drafts of what I said at the talk.

Its a zip file which contains 6 different versions:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/37637874/RCS%20Will%20We%20See%20Light%20Talk.zip