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Noisy Nights 2023 – Call for Scores

Are you interested in writing new music? Apply to our Noisy Nights call for scores – everyone is welcome to apply!

The Noisy Nights gig will take place on Tuesday 16th May at the Glad Café in Glasgowdeadline for submissions Friday 21st April, 5pm.

Noisy Nights are informal new music nights that provide an outlet to hear emerging new musical ideas and voices. Three Red Note musicians will perform up to 8 short new 5 minute works selected from the open call (details below).

The concert will be held at the Glad Café in Glasgow, on Tuesday 16th May in the evening, time TBC.   


Call for Scores

Are you interested in writing a piece of music 3-5min long for Red Note, Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble? Then this call is for you.

  •      – Maximum length 5 minutes
  •      – Instrumentation is Flute (doubling Alto Flute*), ‘Cello and Percussion (Vibraphone and up to 3 small hand-held percussion**)
  •      – Only new works composed for this call will be accepted
  •      – Deadline Friday 21st April (5pm – UK time)

Please note the scores should not include electronics or any pre-recorded parts, and when writing please consider that these concerts are rehearsed in a short time frame.

* Alto Flute is an optional doubling instrument. 

** Please email sarah@rednoteensemble.com before submission to check that any hand-held percussion you are including within your work is available to our percussionist).

Full score and parts in PDF format to be submitted to Flore Ducasse at admin@rednoteensemble.com by 5pm (UK time) on Friday 21st April. Please include full name and contact in your submission email and use the subject “Noisy Nights Glasgow – Application”. Late submissions will not be accepted.

A maximum of 8 pieces will be selected by a panel of musicians and composers from Red Note. Selected composers will be notified on Friday 28th April and the rehearsal and concert will be held on the Tuesday 16th May.

We encourage those local to the area to apply. There are options to apply for a travel bursary if you are selected and based outside of Glasgow and reside within the UK.


Support: We understand that these are difficult times for everyone, and we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to take part in our call. If there are barriers to your participation which we can help to alleviate through one of our new limited support bursaries, please do get in touch with Red Note’s General manager, Sarah Mills at sarah@rednoteensemble.com.   

If you have any questions or access requirements, please contact Sarah Mills at sarah@rednoteensemble.com.


Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

All applicants must also complete an anonymous Equal Opportunities Monitoring form. This will help Red Note Ensemble to better understand the reach and fairness of our selection process.

Please CLICK HERE to download the monitoring form. Once completed please send it by email to sarah@rednoteensemble.com


Red Note is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner


21 April, 2023 - 17:00
4 June, 2023 - 17:00


Red Note Ensemble return to PLUG to perform works by RCS student composers with with guest pianist, Nicholas McCarthy.

PLUG is the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s festival of contemporary music, all about showcasing original compositions by the students. As Contemporary Ensemble, Red Note will be playing works by five student composers with guest pianist Nicholas McCarthy:

Ben Lunn history needs…   
Jamie Westoby Wandering Song
Rebecca Edwards
Maintaining Energy
Amy Stewart
Junqi Wan
Stimmen des Kreuzwegs

Red Note Ensemble
Colin Scobie, Violin 1
George Smith, Violin 2
Fiona Winning, Viola
Duncan Strachan, Cello 
Iain Crawford, Double Bass

Nicholas McCarthy Piano



12 May, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:00

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Glasgow -
United Kingdom

Cost: £4.00 – £11.50
Join us for our first Noisy Nights of 2023 at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow and enjoy a night of new music!

Noisy Nights provide an outlet to hear emerging new musical ideas and voices. Join us at the Glad Cafe for an informal night of new music. Three Red Note musicians will perform up to 8 short new works selected from an open call (details to apply here: https://www.rednoteensemble.com/event/noisy-nights-2023-call-for-scores/).

There is even a chance to take part in the gig with our 10 minutes composer challenge, where you’ll be able to create a quick sketch on the spot and have it played by our musicians.

The concert will be held at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow, on Tuesday 16th May, 7.30pm. Tickets are free but booking is required. 

Red Note Ensemble 
Ruth Morley, flute 
Robert Irvine, cello
Tom Hunter, percussion

John Harris Conductor



16 May, 2023 - 19:30 to 21:30

Glad Café
1006A Pollokshaws Rd
Glasgow - G41 2HG
United Kingdom

Cost: Free - ticketed
Discover our latest CD releases, Tanz/Haus and Emblemata-Carnival presenting some brilliant works from composer James Dillon!

Coming almost a decade and a half after the last CDs devoted to James Dillon’s music, this twinned pair of digital releases in collaboration with Delphian Records presents two major works written for and premiered by our ensemble in the last six years.

Tanz/haus: triptych 2017 is one of Dillon’s richest recent conceptions: a 45-minute meditation on dance as a form of ‘trembling’, featuring electric guitar and – as in so much of Dillon’s recent music – a prerecorded electronic track of immense mystery and power.The work secured for Dillon his fifth Royal Philharmonic Society award – an astonishing tally, unequalled by any living composer.
Listen to the album here: https://orcd.co/james-dillon-tanzhaus

Carnival, the first in a projected series of ‘emblem books’, is a compellingly sustained whole built up from a series of character pieces tailored to the imaginative as well as technical capacities of the Red Note musicians.
Listen to the album here: https://orcd.co/emblemata


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