We are absolutely thrilled to announce that as part of our collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland we have commissioned Matthew Grouse from the RCS Composition Department to write a new orchestral piece for us. Matthew’s piece will be performed as part of our August tour, which will take in 70 performances in public and community settings around Glasgow and Scotland as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
Matthew Grouse, 21, is in his final year of the Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying composition under the tutelage of David Fennessy and electroacoustic composition with Dr Alistair MacDonald. His work regularly combines media and is often concerned with human frailties and finding the remarkable in the seemingly ordinary aspects of everyday life. Matthew is also passionate about inclusivity within new music. This was fortified by being awarded the Kimie Composition Prize, which resulted in Live Music Now Scotland commissioning an interactive string trio for performances in both dementia care homes and traditional concert hall settings in 2017.
Matthew’s music has been showcased across the UK and internationally, in Germany, Italy, Egypt, USA, Canada and Ireland. His music has been performed by artists including: Royal Northern Sinfonia; Hebrides Ensemble; Red Note Ensemble; The Assembly Project; DeCoda Ensemble; Gildas Quartet; Dohnányi String Trio; Ramelli/Salvoni/Wilson Guitar Trio; Sinae Lee (pianist) and Lewis Banks (saxophonist). His work has featured at or is programmed for future performances at festivals such as Darmstadt; The Cumnock Tryst; St Magnus International Festival; Cottier Chamber Project; Leeds Lieder Festival; St Andrews New Music Festival; EviMus Festival and Sound / Image Colloquium.