Contemporary Music

Musical Miscellany no 4

Sunday 24 February 2019
3.00 pm
Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square
Tickets £15 (£6 students)
With wine/soft drinks and canapes 

Tickets available from the venue between 11am and 5pm or at the door on the day

An evening of jazz
with pianist Chick Lyall 
and trombonist John Kenny

The Performers

Chick Lyall – Piano

Chick graduated from  Glasgow University  with a B Mus [Hons] studying piano with  Gusztav Fenyo and composition under Lyell Cresswell.
Active as a pianist and composer in both Jazz and Classical music, he has written for and performed  with the  SCO,  McFall's Chamber,  RSNO,  ECAT Red Note Ensemble and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.  He has toured and recorded with both U.K. and Scandinavian musicians and has ongoing projects with Sax/Clarinetist, Rob Hall [with whom he has released a fifth album] as well as working with the experimental Electro-acoustic duo of  Green Room. He also received Creative Scotland Award in 2004 to compose and perform music with the Scottish classical pianist Steven Osbourne.
Chick teaches piano at St. Mary's Music School.

John Kenny – Trombone

Performer, composer and actor, John has performed and broadcast as a soloist in over 50 nations as an interpreter of contemporary, jazz and early music. Since 1983 he has been musical director of the TNT Theatre Company, currently based in Munich, composing and performing in productions which have toured worldwide for 35 years.
John Kenny is also a founder member of the European Music Archaeology Project and in 1993 became the first person for 2000 years to play the great Celtic war horn known as the carnyx. He is professor of trombone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and of sackbut at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and regularly gives masterclasses and lectures at conservatoires and universities throughout Europe, the USA and Asia.
In 2017 he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the international Trombone Association in Los Angeles – one of only two British musicians ever to receive this accolade.
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Coming soon ...

Musical Miscellany no 5

Sunday 10 March 2019
3.00 pm

A concert of music
by seven contemporary composers

with Sarah Watts, bass/contrabass clarinets
and  Antony Clare, piano

the focus is on Scottish composers
and several will be present

further details to follow soon

Building a platform for contemporary Scottish music

 The Trust is promoting a series of concerts of contemporary music, mainly by Scottish composers, and including several important contemporary British composers.

Speaking for the Trust, Charlie Scott said: “We are concerned that existing classical music concerts in Edinburgh, and Scotland do not include much contemporary work. Works by Scottish, and some British, composers are largely overlooked. Only occasionally are new pieces given a first broadcast performance by the BBC and may never be heard again.”

The Trust’s concert series aims to provide a platform for works by composers covering a wide contemporary spectrum, especially those with a connection to Scotland, who may not otherwise be given the chance of public performances. The concerts are generally held in the intimate setting of the Scottish Arts Club although we hope to present these works in larger venues as demand rises.

The first concert was in March 2015 with Chick Lyall [piano] and Rob Hall [saxophone] with a programme of contemporary Jazz Music. Compositions by Chick Lyall.

The second concert was in June 2016 with Kevin McKenzie [guitar], Tom Lyne [double bass] and Chick Lyall [piano] with a programme of contemporary Jazz Music. These were mainly compositions by Chick Lyall.

Early in 2017 we decided to put on a series of concerts with identifiable titles and the firstof these was MUSICAL MISCELLANY No. 1, held in June 2017 in the Scottish Arts Club, with Feargus Hetherington [violin] and Lliam Paterson [piano].
Feargus has played in the USA and in the RSA; in Poland he recorded a CD of Scottish classical music. The music performed was by John McLeod, Eddie McGuire, Iain Matheson, Rory Boyle, James MacMillan and Gareth Williams.

MUSICAL MISCELLANY No. 2 was presented in November 2017, with Chick Lyall [piano] and Phil Bancroft [saxophone]. Chick has been active as a pianist and composer in both Jazz and Classical Music. He has written for and performed with the SCO, McFall's Chamber, RSNO, ECAT, Red Note Ensemble and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

MUSICAL MISCELLANY No. 3 was scheduled for 4th March 2018 with Antony Clare [piano] and Sara Watts [bass clarinet/ contrabass clarinet] but due to illness   it was cancelled and is rescheduled for a date in March 2019.  At short notice Mark Spalding [pianist] stood in with a piano recital of music by several contemporary composers, including Thea Musgrave and John McLeod.
Unfortunately, this performance had to be cancelled due to heavy snow that week-end, but it has now been rescheduled. The recital finally took place on 17th June 2018.