Adopt a composer

Thursday May 28, 2015

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Our concert will feature a new commission which is part of the Making Music 'Adopt a composer scheme'. We were the only Making Music ensemble in Scotland to be paired with a composer. The Adopt a Composer project annual opportunity for an amateur orchestra, choir or band to 'adopt' an up-and-coming composer. The composer works with the performing group over the course of 12 months to produce a new piece of music, culminating in a premiere performance. Adopt a Composer is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music, in association with BBC Radio 3, and funded by PRS For Music Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Trust.

BBC Radio 3 will be recording the piece written by Mark Carroll at our concert. 

Mark's piece Mark Carroll sets out to fuse elements of his Northumbrian home with those of the Lanarkshire home of Strathaven Choral Society and was roused by accounts of James Purley Wilson, Strathaven weaver and  nineteenth century radical, executed after the rising of 1820.  The inscription on James Wilson’s memorial in the town and the cries of the onlookers at his execution in Glasgow provide the words of a haunting, melancholic new piece.


Details of the adopt a composer scheme can be found here:


Details of the Choral Society can be found here:


Details of Mark Carroll can be found here:

Written by Christopher Barr, at 09:45