GALLUS D/H_z (prod. BL*ME+HGB) was written by Harry Gorski-Brown, performed by Molly Edwards, and commissioned by Nan McKay Memorial Hall manager, Bill Lawns, with inspiration coming from Bill’s life on the Cowal peninsula on the west coast of Scotland.
“My relationship with the coast is really about the relationship with the coastal people and the uplift that there is by the beauty. So the social, educational, commercial recreational stuff all comes together. And actually when the weather decides to f*** us up and the ferries go aff – we all have to adapt.” Bill Lawns
Nevis Ensemble’s Lochan Sketches are a series of 10 commissions for composers to write short solo works for specific members of the orchestra. Each composer is paired with individuals from across Scotland to take inspiration from the country’s coasts and waters.
Each work received its broadcast premiere on BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped programme. The series is part of Nevis contributions to the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.
Harry Gorski-Brown is a musician living and working in Glasgow. Since studying violin performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, his musical and artistic interests veered further in the direction of composition, which he now studies. Much of his music explores electronics and the visual elements of performance. He currently performs in a duo with Andrew Herrington, another with Patrick Shand, improv group Popko Blink, and before the COVID-19 pandemic was working towards an audiovisual piece which to be performed at PLUG 2020 after being awarded the Craig Armstrong prize.
Molly Edwards is a horn player based in Manchester. She is currently entering her final year at the Royal Northern College of Music where she is a recipient of the college’s John Fewkes Scholarship. As a freelance musician, Molly has performed with Opera North and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as part of the brass quintet, Apex Brass. She has been a member of the Nevis Ensemble since their first outings and has been involved in the majority of their tours. She is also a member of the Nevis Ensemble’s sister orchestra – Street Orchestra Live.
Nan McKay Memorial Hall
Run by volunteers for over 37 years, the Nan McKay Memorial Community Hall has a comprehensive programme that brings together resources to improve the quality of life for all residents of Pollokshields. Nevis has been visiting the hall since our first tour, and has become a firm favourite venue will Nevis’ musicians – always assured of a strong cup of tea, some homemade cake, and perhaps even a sneaky beer or two.