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Since its formation in 2008, Red Note Ensemble has taken up a leadership position as Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, performing and developing both an extensive, highly-varied and critically-acclaimed programme of new music.

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2 weeks ago

November in photos 🍂That's a wrap on our November programme! This month again was very busy. It started with a week of workshops at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Visiting Professor Martyn Brabbins, Leverhulme Conducting Fellow Emilie Godden and five MMus conducting students followed by a performance of Julian Anderson’s ‘Van Gogh Blue’. We then had our 2nd session of Noisy Nights at The Glad Cafe in Glasgow which was great fun! Thanks to all the composers for their participation and also the audience who played the game and wrote some music on the spot during our Composer Challenge! This month, we also took a new step in our 'A Children's Guide to Anarchy' project with the recording of the project's songs at Oakwood Primary School - Glasgow. Now that the soundtrack has been recorded, the next step will be the filming! Finally we went to HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music this weekend to perform works by a trio of Irish composers, Ann Cleare, Nick Roth and Úna Monaghan. Úna's new piece, Notwithstanding, received its World Premiere at this year's festival. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

On Sunday 20th Nov we will be at HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival for a concert featuring three Irish composers, Úna Monaghan, Ann Cleare and Nick Roth. Úna Monaghan is a harper, composer, researcher and sound artist from Belfast, working with experimental and improvised sound, and with live electronics, from a traditional Irish music background. Her recent work has combined traditional music with bronze sculpture, sound art and movement sensors.Úna has been commissioned by hcmf// and Red Note to create a new piece, 'Notwithstanding'. This piece, which explores the boundaries between the interior self and the outside world, will receive its World Premiere at this year's festival. Ann Cleare is an Irish artist working in the areas of concert music, opera, extended sonic environments, and hybrid instrumental design. Her work explores the static and sculptural nature of sound, probing the extremities of timbre, texture, colour, and form.In her piece 'Dysmorphia II', the three instruments adopt warped versions of each other as if they are different sides of the same brain, looking at and interpreting the same world but unable to form a consensus on their vision of it. Nick Roth is a saxophonist, composer, producer and educator. His work seeks the liberation of improvisation from composition, the poetic syntax of philosophical enquiry, and the function of music as translative epistemology.His piece, 'Flocking III', explores the mechanisms of an emergent system in which individual components can be perceived to express themselves as a group. Nature offers many spectacular examples of this type of behaviour, of which perhaps the most beautiful is the flocking of birds in flight. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

It's #LivingWageWeek ! Red Note is proud to be one of the 11,000 accredited Living Wage UK employers in the UK.Find out more here ➡️ https://www.livingwage.org.uk/ ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

‘A Child’s Guide to Anarchy’ recording is underway! After recording the soundtrack with our players in September, Brian Irvine is back in Easterhouse to record the Oakwood Primary School - Glasgow pupils who have been practicing for the past months with vocal coach Rachel Spencer. Thanks to everyone involved in this project, the next step will be the filming, we cannot wait to show you all the result of this amazing project which has been years in the making! ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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