Oliver Searle

Oliver Searle

Chair

Oliver Searle is a composer and educator, based in Glasgow. Studied with John Maxwell Geddes to gain a distinction for his Masters degree in 2002, then continued studies with the completion of a PhD in composition in 2006. Recent performances include works for the Hebrides Ensemble, Red Note, NYOS, the New Music Players, the BBCSSO and the RSNO, as well as several broadcasts. He is frequently involved in the creation of music for theatre, has written music for people with Cochlear Implants, and holds a lecturing post at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Winner of the Mendelssohn Scholarship 2004 and a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2003. Recent projects include Technophonia, working with Drake Music Scotland, as part of the London cultural Olympiad (and PRS New Music 20×12), which was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award and a British Composer Award.

Andy Saunders

Andy Saunders

Vice-Chair

Born in Dundee, Andy Saunders grew up in Staffordshire where he began horn lessons as an excuse to miss science lessons! He studied Music at York University before moving back north to Glasgow to complete his Masters degree at the RSAMD with Hugh Potts. Soon after graduating, he was appointed as principal horn of the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since returning to Glasgow, he plays regularly with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera and Rednote Ensemble. As a soloist he has performed most of the standard repertoire concertos for the instrument in venues ranging from muddy fields to concert halls and churches.
As well as running The Cottier Chamber Project, Andy is also the horn player for host ensemble Daniel’s Beard and is the Performance Consultant for the University of Glasgow’s music department.
Fiona RobertsonFiona Robertson Fiona Robertson is Festival Director of sound, a new music organisation based in North East Scotland which runs the soundfestival, Scotland’s main festival of new music. She is also a Board member of New Music Scotland, a networking co-operative for Scottish new music creators, performers, producers and promoters. She has a post-graduate degree in Arts Administration from Dauphine University in Paris (1991) and a Diploma in European Cultural Project Management (supported by Council for Europe) (2005). Fiona has worked in both France and Scotland, where she has managed both arts and non-arts projects. Since returning to Scotland in 2003 she has worked for the Edinburgh Quartet, Woodend Barn and sound.

Colin Broom

Colin Broom

Colin Broom is a composer based in Scotland, UK. He studied Composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. He was co-founder and co-director of Invention Ensemble from 1998 until 2003. He has worked with numerous ensembles and musicians including Red Note, Icebreaker, Orchestra of Opera North, Ensemble Thing, Edinburgh Quartet and South Bank Gamelan.

His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio Scotland, BBC4, Radio Magnetic and Radio Icebreaker.

Colin is Jazz Coordinator at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and also teaches Composition.

John De Simone

John De Simone

John De Simone is a Glasgow based composer, educator and researcher. He studied postgraduate composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague where he graduated with distinction. He is currently a lecturer and researcher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

John believes music should connect directly with the community and reflect the human condition and this is summed up by the ethos of Ensemble Thing, where he is artistic director, – “We play the music of the people we love, with the people we love, in the places we love”

Judith Walsh

Judith Walsh

Judith Walsh collaborates with creative artists to produce concerts, tours, and projects that are good for the soul. Her key interests lie in growing small artist-led groups, focusing on planning and developing work that delivers high-quality public events, commissioning of new work, supporting emerging artists, and projects that benefit marginalised groups within our communities. She works closely with Artistic Directors to strategically plan and pitch adventurous programmes, developing partnerships with colleagues across the UK and raising profiles by networking at industry events. A keen socialiser, Judith loves to meet with others to discuss the issues of the day; at the moment, she’s focused on creating dialogue about Health & Wellbeing in the arts sector. She is Chair of Remembered/Imagined, a Trustee of New Music Scotland, and supports pro bono The Cheyne Gang, a singing-for-breathing choir run by practice nurses.

John Harris

John Harris

John Harris is a composer and Chief Executive and Artistic co-Director of Red Note Ensemble, Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble. His work as a composer encompasses concert music, music for theatre, film and TV, and computer games, although the majority of his work is now in opera. His opera M’dea Undone for Tapestry Opera Toronto and Scottish Opera won a My Theatre award for Outstanding New Work in Canada in 2016, and The Garden, commissioned by the Sound Festival in 2012, has given over 40 performances in Aberdeen, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Berlin and Potsdam and will perform in Shanghai in summer 2016. John has overseen the development of Red Note from its foundation by co-Director Robert Irvine in 2008 into the international performing ensemble it is today.

Pippa Murphy

Pippa Murphy

As a composer, Pippa Murphy has been involved in performances, recordings and installations in the UK and abroad. She has written music for the BBC Scottish Opera, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay in St Giles Cathedral, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, St Magnus International Festival and numerous contemporary theatre companies including Dundee Rep, Birmingham Rep, Tron Theatre, Citizens Theatre Traverse Theatre and Fire Exit.

Pippa has directed many creative education projects throughout the world and has worked in many different musical and social contexts. She has devised pieces and trained teachers with the British Council in Scotland, Syria, Vietnam, Botswana, India, Iran and China. She has composed with asylum seekers in Glasgow, Manchester and Edinburgh and lectures at Edinburgh, St Andrews and Aberdeen Universities. She works regularly in cross-arts and multi-media collaborations and has worked with ensembles including Scottish Opera, Scottish Ensemble, McFalls Chamber, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Red Note Ensemble.

Francis Macdonald

A Scottish BAFTA-nominated composer, Francis Macdonald drums with Teenage Fanclub and makes music for film/TV. He has worked with a range of artists including Alex Chilton, Belle & Sebastian, Cairn String Quartet, Dan Penn, Edwyn Collins, Ian McCulloch, Karine Polwart, Kim Fowley, Max Richter, The Pastels, Harry Pye, The Rogue Orchestra, The Scottish Festival Orchestra and soloists from Scottish Ensemble.

In 2015 he self-released “Music For String Quartet, Piano And Celeste”, described by Classic FM as “sublime, minimalist classical music”. In 2016 he contributed an arrangement to the Number 1 Classical album “The Lost Songs Of St Kilda” (Decca Classics). In 2017 he collaborated on “Bonjour” – an album of ‘art pop’ with the London-based artist Harry Pye which Mojo magazine described as ”Odd but good”.



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