Contemporary Music

Musical Miscellany no 5

Sunday 10 March 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 contemporary music
with bass clarinettist Sarah Watts
and pianist/composer Antony Clare

The Programme

                                  George Nicholson                Darkness Visible
                                  William Sweeney                  Chelovek
                                                                          [ Sonata for bass clarinet and piano]
                                  Piers Hellawell                      Minnesang
                                  lain Matheson                      Goings On
                                  Lyell Cresswell                      Acquerello
                                  Harrison Birtwistle               Roddy's Reel
                                  Antony Clare                         Nevis [World Premiere]

The Performers

Sarah Watts – bass and contrabass clarinets

Sarah is an award winning British bass clarinetist who has gained an international reputation for her work. Her performances on both clarinet and bass clarinet as a soloist and chamber musician have led to numerous CD releases and invitations to perform all over the world.
Sarah is passionate about teaching and in addition to being the visiting teacher of solo bass clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music, she hosts and tutors several courses for adult amateur musicians in the UK and France.
A keen researcher, Sarah is an expert in multi-phonics for bass clarinet and has published a leading resource on this subject.
Sarah is a Selmer Artist, a Vandoren U.K. Artist and a Silverstein pro artist.

Antony Clare

Antony read music at York University and now combines private instrumental teaching with a range of performing activities. He has formed several successful partnerships with local musicians, focusing on the contemporary music repertoire. Along with Sarah Watts he has formed thesuccessful SCAW duo which we present today.
He particularly enjoys playing chamber music for piano and wind, as pianist with the Hough Ensemble.
Antony is involved in promoting the activities of CoMA [Contemporary Music for All] in his local area. Despite having a very busy schedule, he still finds time to do some composing and one of his pieces is on the programme today.
To discover more, visit the SCAW website .

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.