Go compose! – sound (in partnership with Red Note Ensemble) shortlisted Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Community / Education Project

March 3, 2017 in safnm2017 by mwhiteside

1.       How did the project come about?

Go Compose! was an initiative of Sound and Music who wanted to expand some compositional activity for young people into Scotland. They contacted us and Red Note Ensemble and the first Go Compose! course took place in 2011. It fitted in perfectly with our aim of nurturing young talent, and the course has taken place every year since.

2.       What made this project special?

Apart from learning to compose in school, there is very little available outside of the central belt for secondary school aged young people to develop their skills and explore their creativity. Go Compose! is a unique opportunity for those interested in composition to work with experienced professional musicians and composers over a concentrated 3-day period, and to have their works performed publically at the end of the course. They all say how beneficial it is to be allowed to “just compose” and to be able to work with such inspirational professionals. Red Note are partners on the project, and three of their musicians take part each year. Composers who have led the course include David Fennessy, Gabriel Jackson, Kerry Andrews, Pippa Murphy, Gareth Williams, Oliver Searle, Usui Shiori, Brian Irvine, Tom Butler and John de Simone. We now have a number of young composers who come back every year, and are really developing their own styles.

3.       What other projects do you have on the go at the moment?

We’re planning to build on Go Compose and expand it into a year-round compositional development programme for young people in North East Scotland, following demand from our participants.

4.       Who are the upcoming Scottish composers to watch?

Where to start?! Three of our Go Compose participants from last year have had or are having pieces performed in public. Kara Taylor and Lewis McLaughlin had their works performed by Red Note at the Scottish EDGE Awards ceremony in December 2016, and Clara-Jane Maunder has written a new work for her school’s concert band, string ensemble and choirs called Song of the Sea which will be performed at her school on 22nd March. But that’s just three, and there are many others to watch out for!