Composer Development Workshops

Composer Development Workshops

Red Note is committed to supporting the development of composers at different stages, from schools to emerging music makers on the brink of their careers.

In partnership with sound since 2018, we have opened a yearly residential programme for 5 Scotland-based composers to develop new works for a specific instrumentation, supported by Red Note musicians and mentored by established composers. The new pieces are then premiered at soundfestival in the Autumn.

These development opportunities for Scotland-based composers are part of the 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.


Previous editions:
> 2022 – New works for voice and viola by Scotland-based composers Jessica MacIsaac, Thomas Metcalf and Semay Wu.
> 2021 – New works for double bass and marimba by Scotland-based composers Ellie Cherry, Erin Thomson, Finn Patrick McLean, Ollie Hawker and Siobhan Dyson.
> 2020 – New works for solo flute and electronics by Scotland-based composers Rylan Gleave, Rūta VitkauskaitėGeorgina MacDonell Finlayson, Fiona Harrison, and Amit Anand Vamanacharya, mentored by Alistair MacDonald.
> 2019 – New works for oboe and cello by Scotland-based composers Andrew Blair, Kevin Leomo, Gillian Walker, Ewan Mackay and Harry Gorski-Brown, mentored by Bill Sweeney.
> 2018 – New works for flute, viola and cello by Scotland-based women composers Lisa Robertson, Aileen Sweeney, Electra Perivolaris, Lucy Hollingworth, and Sarah Rimkus.

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