Inchcolm New Music Ensemble Summer School

January 20, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

Travel to Ardtornish on Saturday June 27th and return on Saturday July 4th. Rehearse through the week and give concerts in the famous Iona Abbey and St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. The repertoire will be new music, including the winners of this year’s Heriot-Watt young composers competition together with original Scottish plainchant.
The Ardtornish Estate is a paradise in the rolling hills of Morvern, located in the West Highlands of Scotland.  We will stay in the splendour of a huge Victorian Country House with views down Loch Aline to Mull, offering peace, quiet, and relaxation. The perfect place to unwind and make music! The ferry at Lochaline takes 15 minutes to cross the Sound of Mull, giving access to Mull, Tobermory, Balamory and the island of Iona and its famous Abbey beyond.

Heriot-Watt have an on-going special project where we commission new music in Scotland that has a starting point/inspiration from the magnificent Celtic plainchant that comes from Inchcolm, an Island in the Forth between Edinburgh and Fife. ‘Inchcolm’ means: Columbas’ Island, because St. Columba is supposed to have visited this island on his missions.
Our concerts [an hour long] include the new music and the plainchant.

The INME is seen as the flagship of music making at Heriot-Watt, reflecting the cutting edge of science and technology for which Heriot–Watt is celebrated. The group has given concerts in the St. Magnus Festival in the Orkney Islands; Inverie in Knoydart; St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh; the Isle of Skye; Ardtornish House; Iona Abbey off the west coast of Mull; Dunkeld Cathedral; Biggar; and Peebles. The INME toured the Czech Republic in June 2008 giving concerts in Prague, Brno and Kromeriz.

To date, the Inchcolm New music Ensemble has premiered over 50 new works over 15 years, many being repeated at various times.

The course is open to choral singers and any acoustic orchestral instrumentalist.

The cost will be £380. This doesn’t cover food.

Students of Heriot-Watt University may qualify for a scholarship that allows them to attend the course free of charge.

To confirm your place on the course, please send a cheque for £50 as a deposit. Cheques payable: Heriot-Watt University.

If you are interested and want more information, please contact me on 0131 4513705, or e-mail: