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Esther Swift

New Music

Enterprise Music Scotland is committed to making quality New Music accessible throughout Scotland. EMS centrally commissions a new work annually in collaboration with the Residency Project and also works closely with member promoters to assist with commissioning, touring of new works and promotional activity.

Esther Swift and Tom Swift | Co-commission with Music in Peebles

Enterprise Music Scotland is delighted to announce a special co-commission project with Music in Peebles, to create new music and film in response to the environmental issues which are impacting the Peebles community.

We will commission Peebles-born composer Esther Swift to compose a new work for harp and string quartet, taking inspiration from the local community and the impact that issues of flooding have had on the residents. Filmmaker Tom Swift, also of Peebles, will create a film alongside the music. Esther, Tom, and the Brodick Quartet will première the work at Eastgate Theatre in Peebles on 2nd September 2018.

"I've always been really inspired by nature in my compositions, and try to interweave natural patterns and sounds into my minimalist, folk, jazz, and dance-inspired writing style. This project is a chance for me to delve into the complex and relentless sound world of water using string quartet, voice, and harp." -Esther Swift

Colin Broom and Heather Lander | Residency Project Anniversary 2017

In 2017, we commissioned composer Colin Broom and visual artist Heather Lander to create a new collaborative work entitled "The Imperfection of Memory." 

The piece was premièred in Glasgow by Residency Project alumni Maxwell Quartet, as part of a special concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Residency Project and the music commissioned through the programme since it began in 2007.

This commission has been kindly supported by PRS for Music Foundation, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Hope Scott Trust and  Glasgow Life

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Stuart MacRae Commission | St Magnus Festival 2017

Earlier this year, Enterprise Music Scotland commissioned composer Stuart MacRae to create new chamber music for our current residency ensemble, Alison McNeill & Sasha Savaloni The new works 'Four Attar Songs' premièred at St Magnus Festival on 19th June 2017.

The programme took influence from Persian Poetry and concepts of pilgrimage featuring new commissioned text from poet Marjorie Lotfi Gill who took part in the première performance.

The programme also featured a world première by emerging composer and guitarist Marco Ramelli

The commission of these new works by Stuart MacRae has been kindly supported by the PRS for Music Foundation.

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Nocturnal - Judith Weir & Kai Fischer

‘Nocturnal’ is a new collaborative work commissioned by Enterprise Music Scotland and created and performed by High Heels and Horse Hair and lighting designer Kai Fischer, as part of our Residency Project. The centre-piece of the performance is a new work by Judith Weir - 'Night' - written especially for the project.

 “My violin-cello duo Night (originally developed in workshops with Alice Rickards and Sonia Cromarty) was written for a late evening concert using lighting design to explore aspects of life in the dark. The project allowed me to work in a very different way from my usual practice, building up sketch material then workshopping this with the performers during an intensive 4-day residency, before compiling a final version of the new work. We investigated new techniques and discussed the notation of these at some length” – Judith Weir 

The work was premiered at Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow on 3rd November, before going to Westbourne Music, Sound Festival, Dollar Music Society and Isle of Arran Music Society. 

“Thanks to EMS for all your work making it possible and for the commission, it really has been a wonderful experience for us” – High Heels & Horse Hair

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List of works commissioned by Enterprise Music Scotland through the Residency Project:

David Fennessy - 'Bow Your Head' (Alba Quartet)

Eddie McGuire - 'Hidden Dialects' (Sax Ecosse)

Helen Grime- 'Fantasie, Danse, Ceremonie' (Hoot)

Alasdair Nicolson - 'The Vanishing' (Pure Brass)

Gareth Williams - 'Worry Doll' (Sutherland Duo)

Anna Meredith - 'A Short Tribute to Teenage Fanclub' (Maxwell Quartet)

Oliver Searle - 'Pilgrim of Curiosity' (Athenaeum Winds)

Judith Weir- 'Night' (High Heels and Horse Hair)

Stuart MacRae - 'Four Attar Songs' (Alison McNeill & Sasha Savaloni)