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.

Colin Broom and Heather Lander - Residency Project Anniversary 2017

We are very excited to announce that we have commissioned composer Colin Broom and visual artist Heather Lander to create a new collaborative work.
The new music will be performed by Residency Project alumni Maxwell Quartet and will be premièred in Glasgow this November 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

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’ 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)