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.
Enterprise Music Scotland is delighted to announce a special co-commission project with
We will commission Peebles-born composer 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 will première the work at 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
In 2017, we commissioned composer
The piece was premièred in Glasgow by Residency Project alumni , 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, , and
Earlier this year, Enterprise Music Scotland commissioned composerto create new chamber music for our current residency ensemble, The new works 'Four Attar Songs' premièred at on 19th June 2017.
The programme took influence from Persian Poetry and concepts of pilgrimage featuring new commissioned text from poetwho took part in the première performance.
The programme also featured a world première by emerging composer and guitarist
The commission of these new works by Stuart MacRae has been kindly supported by the PRS for Music Foundation.
‘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
- 'Bow Your Head' (Alba Quartet)
- 'Hidden Dialects' (Sax Ecosse)
- 'Fantasie, Danse, Ceremonie' (Hoot)
- 'The Vanishing' (Pure Brass)
- 'Worry Doll' (Sutherland Duo)
- 'A Short Tribute to Teenage Fanclub' (Maxwell Quartet)
- 'Pilgrim of Curiosity' (Athenaeum Winds)
- 'Night' (High Heels and Horse Hair)
- 'Four Attar Songs' (Alison McNeill & Sasha Savaloni)