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.
But here’s the summery of what I did in 2014.
– 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.
– sound design for installation in R-Space Gallery, Lisburn, with Toshinibu Takamitsu and Eamonn Higgins (https://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.
– 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