William Sweeney

bill-sweeney“…William Sweeney is a clarinettist, conductor and academic … and the influences on his own music have been as wide-ranging as his musical activities. The result is a style that seems to manage to have it both ways, preserving the expressive possibilities and archetypes of the Scottish folk tradition within an idiom that can call on techniques and technology from the whole modernist tradition since 1945.” Andrew Clements: Guardian 25/7/13

Born in Glasgow, educated at RSAMD and then at the RAM. Currently Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow.

Commissions have been from such diverse organisations as the BBC, Paragon Ensemble, St Magnus Festival, Musica Nova, Capella Nova, Mayfest, the STUC, RSAMD, McNaughten Concerts, Theatre Cryptic and the Jim Henson Organisation.
Sonata for Cello and Piano won a BASCA/Radio 3 British Composer Award 2011.  Recent works include “These Lands, This Wall”, for the Lammermuir Festival 2012 and “Absence”, for Wind, Strings and Percussion (2014), for the Sound Festival, Aberdeen and Musique Desmesurées, Clermont-Ferrand.

He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Musicians Union from 1989 to 2004, acting as Chair of the EC in 2003. Current member of the Classical Executive Committee of BASCA.


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