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.
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.
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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