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Red Note Fridays@3: Sweeney’s Cello Sonata

Our weekly date to discover, discuss and enjoy contemporary classical music together online.

Join us on our YouTube channel every Friday afternoon at 3PM for a session of new music where we release unseen performances, delve into our recorded albums and meet the composers. 

Friday 17 July: We take a closer look at William Sweeney’s award-winning Cello Sonata, recipient of a 2011 BASCA British Composer Award, from his Delphian album ‘Tree O’ Licht’. Both musically impassioned and socially engaged, William Sweeney’s music is at its most eloquent when voiced by that most human of instruments, the cello. The Sonata bears a joint dedication to Delphian artist Robert Irvine and to Erkki Lahesmaa – ‘keepers’, as Sweeney calls them, ‘of the cello’s inner voice’.

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All events in our Fridays@3 series are offered online for free, if you are in a position to do so, we hope you will consider making a donation to Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund Thank you!

Our weekly date to discover, discuss and enjoy contemporary classical music together online.

Join us on our YouTube channel every Friday afternoon at 3PM for a session of new music where we release unseen performances, delve into our recorded albums and meet the composers. 

Friday 24 July: We look back to John McLeod’s landmark collection ‘Moments in Time’ recorded during the composer’s eightieth birthday year. The collection brings together McLeod’s four mythological ‘songs’ – powerful dramatic scenes in which instruments are elevated to voice-like expression – and a further work which crystallises the theme of a single moment with a long expressive ‘shadow’. Increasingly acclaimed at home and abroad, Aberdeen-born John McLeod’s music bears all the hallmarks of exuberant colour and precisely imagined fantasy that his early associations with Lennox Berkeley and Witold Lutosławski would lead one to expect.  

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All events in our Fridays@3 series are offered online for free, if you are in a position to do so, we hope you will consider making a donation to Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund Thank you!

After a big celebration marking last year’s 10th Anniversary we are now looking for a new Chair to build on our achievements and to work on long-term strategic development with the current CEO, looking to a future that will, of necessity, include the realities of a society affected in so many ways by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Red Note Ensemble is Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, performing throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally. Our Chair, Professor Celia Duffy, has decided to step down after 10 highly-successful years in the position, having guided the ensemble from its small beginnings in 2009 to its current status (since 2015) as Creative Scotland Regularly Funded Organisation.

Always forward-thinking and dynamic, the company plays a leadership role nationally and internationally in the development of new music and the engagement of new audiences through its busy, annual schedule of events, many of them cross-artform and many of them highly socially-engaged. Our current Board members have expertise and experience at a senior level in marketing, education, law, finances and arts.

For this role, we invite interest from suitably experienced individuals at a Chief Executive level and would particularly welcome those with a background in business and / or experience of a previous board membership and a genuine interest in music and the arts. The ideal candidate would contribute his/her knowledge and strong business contacts and commit to actively support the ensemble by promoting and supporting the organisation externally.

Board meetings are held quarterly, in Glasgow or Edinburgh or, in the current situation, in virtual meeting rooms. In addition, the Chair gives informal advice by phone or 1:1 meetings with the executive team as required and line-manages the CEO. The Chair is furthermore responsible for ensuring the Board works effectively, leading the Board team and meetings and overseeing decisions taken.

This is a voluntary position, and Board Members are rightly highly valued for the vital role they fulfil in providing professional guidance and governance for our ambitious and rapidly developing company. The Red Note Board, like the company, is friendly and informal, but maintains the highest possible professional standards in its business. 

Both informal discussions of the role and formal expressions of interest will be welcomed by former Chair, Professor Celia Duffy, who may be contacted via email (ceelsduffy@gmail.com).

The deadline for formal expressions of interest is midnight on Friday 30th July 2020

Our weekly date to discover, discuss and enjoy contemporary classical music together online.

Join us on our YouTube channel every Friday afternoon at 3PM for a session of new music where we release unseen performances, delve into our recorded albums and meet the composers. 

Friday 31 July: We’ll finish the month with a treat! Enjoy the full performance of James Dillon’s Tanz/haus : triptych 2017 recorded at the world premiere at HCMF, which went on to win the RPS Award in the Best Chamber-Scale Composition category. (click on this link or on BUY TICKETS and you will redirected to YouTube)

“Once again this composer breaks new ground with a work which immerses its audience in a music theatre of the mind. It is compelling for the sureness of its unfolding in time and space, the striking soundworlds conjured from its nine-piece ensemble, and its rich underlying vein of melancholy”.
RPS Awards 

Photo by Graham Hardy © hcmf//

Recording made by BBC Radio 3.
This recording and rights associated with it are owned by the BBC.

All events in our Fridays@3 series are offered online for free, if you are in a position to do so, we hope you will consider making a donation to Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund Thank you!

Five composers will have the opportunity to develop works for solo flute and electronics working alongside Ruth Morley (flute) from Red Note and composer Alistair MacDonald.

This development opportunity for Scotland-based composers is organised in partnership with us at  Red Note and is part of soundcreators programme, which focuses on nurturing creative talent. soundcreators is funded by Creative Scotland, Help Musicians UK and the PRS for Music Foundation as well as by the Foyle Foundation, the Hugh Fraser Foundation and Aberdeen City Council.

sound is a new music incubator based in North East Scotland, initially set up to give local audiences access to new music. It is now renowned in and beyond Scotland for producing and promoting high-quality work, for its support to composers of all generations and for attracting new audiences through its varied programming and inclusive nature.

Five composers will have the opportunity to develop works of around 5 minutes for solo flute and electronics working alongside Ruth Morley (flute) from Red Note and composer Alistair MacDonald. The new works will be performed during the 2020 soundfestival.

Draft schedule

Session 1: Introduction to flute and electronics 

Date: 17 August 2020
Where: Zoom

This first session will primarily be an introduction to writing for flute as well as using electronics, and will be led by Ruth Morley and Alistair MacDonald. Following this session the composers will be expected to prepare short sketches and ideas for the next session.

Session 2: 

Date: 20 August 2020 (afternoon)
Where: Zoom

The composers will submit short (approximately 30 second) sketches by Wednesday 19 August evening which will be worked with Ruth Morley and Alistair MacDonald during this session. Following this, the composers will work up full pieces for the third session.

Session 3: 

Date: mid-September 2020 (exact date tbc)
Where: location tbc

Each composer’s piece will be played and discussed with Ruth Morley and Alistair MacDonald. The composers will then have until mid-October to make any last adjustments.

Rehearsal: 

Date: mid-October (exact date tbc)
Where: location tbc

The pieces will be rehearsed with Ruth Morley with the composers in attendance.

Performance:

Date: end of October (exact date tbc)
Where: Aberdeen

A performance of the new works as part of the 2020 soundfestival. There will also be a rehearsal prior to the performance.

Candidates

The five successful candidates will be talented composers resident in Scotland. They can be at any stage in their career, however they should be able to demonstrate a number of years of compositional experience, and must be able to articulate their development needs and how the opportunity would benefit them.Please note that we are committed to working with and supporting composers with additional support needs. Composers from under-represented groups and especially composers with disability are encouraged to apply.

Financial support for the opportunity is limited to related expenses for travel/accommodation. There will also be a small commission fee of £200 per composer for a delivered piece to be performed at soundfestival.

How to apply 

To apply for the opportunity please visit https://sound-scotland.co.uk/news/development-opportunity-for-scotland-based-composers

Deadline for applications: 3 August 2020

If further information is required please contact admin@sound-scotland.co.uk.

We will inform you whether you are successful or not by 7 August 2020.

Selection process

As mentioned above, sound is committed to working with and supporting composers from under-represented sections of the population. To enable this, there is a two-stage application process: an initial selection is made, and then this is narrowed down in a second stage selection process. If you are a female, disabled and/or BAME composer, you can self-select to be put forward automatically to the second round if you want. The selection panel will be made up of Ruth Morley, Alistair MacDonald, a representative of sound(either a staff member or the Chair) and of Red Note.

Notes to composers applying

Selection for new music opportunities is inherently subjective and the criteria used can differ from project to project. We are frequently over-subscribed and often the quality of applications is extremely high from a wide range of composers, which usually means making difficult decisions. 

Reasons for selecting one composer over another are not always to do with skill level or experience. We may, for example, be looking for the right fit for us as an organisation at a particular point in time e.g., we may be looking to develop specific strands or activity or genres of music.

For development opportunities that happen in a group setting, it may be that we need to take into consideration the coherence of that group e.g., we may prefer to have composers of a similar experience-level. We thus sometimes end up turning down composers with more experience or skills, or giving opportunities to composers who we feel would benefit most from a particular opportunity at that stage in their career, and faced with difficult choices we may sometimes turn down composers who may have already benefited from a number of opportunities in the past.

We would however encourage composers to apply for any opportunities that interest them and for which they fit the specification, and not be discouraged if they are not selected for a particular opportunity, as it does not mean that they are not “good” enough. Please do continue to apply for any opportunity that interests you!

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