2017 Composers’ Day: Writing for Opera and Bassoon

October 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside


2017 Composers’ Day: Writing for Opera and Bassoon

Saturday 11th November – 11am-4pm

Anatomy Rooms, Shoe Lane, Aberdeen AB10 1AL



The 2017 soundfestival annual Composer’s Day explores the two different soundfestival themes – composing for opera and the endangered instrument the bassoon.


This day will consist of workshops, talks, and one-to-one surgeries led by leading composers Benedict Mason and Errollyn Wallen. The aim of the day is to give opportunities for composers to improve technical skills in contemporary composition for the bassoon and the genre of opera as well as developing general compositional ideas.


The day is suitable for all composers of all ages and stages of their careers. You can also attend if you’re not a composer but interested in hearing about composing in these two areas and attending the lunchtime-concert and masterclass with internationally renowned bassoonist Pascal Gallois.


Timetable Outline

10.30am        Registration, tea and coffee

11.00am        Welcome and Introduction

11.05am        Session on composing for opera


12.10pm        1:1 Surgery sessions with Errollyn and Benedict – to be pre-booked on application form

Sessions will last approximately 10-15 minutes

A sandwich lunch will be served around the surgery sessions.


1.00pm         A recital by Pascale Gallois – one of the most prominent bassoon players in the world

György Kurtág         Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval

Toshio Hosokawa      Sen VII

György Kurtág         Kroó György in memoriam

Berio                      Sequenza XII


2.00pm         Session on composing for bassoon

3.00pm         Masterclass on bassoon and selected compositions from call-out led by Pascal Gallois

4.00pm         Finish


Booking Information

You must book a place on the day in advance by completing booking form available from sound by email. Please email admin@sound-scotland.co.uk The form includes payment options.

If you have any questions or need further information please contact admin@sound-scotland.co.uk or phone 01330 826526.