New EMS Residency Commission by Dr Oliver Searle for Athenaeum Winds
We are delighted to announce that Dr Oliver Searle has been commissioned to write a new work for EMS Residency Project ensemble Athenaeum Winds. The new work has been designed to give an artistic representation of Enterprise Music Scotland’s enquiries as partner on the Promoting Equalities Programme by Creative Scotland. It will involve and challenge the composer, performers and audiences whilst taking influences from other art forms with the aim of attracting a more diverse audience.
'Pilgrim of Curiosity' will explore amalgamations of culture through a number of musical memories and references inspired by Oliver's visits to places of worship all over the world. Oliver and the quintet will collaborate with a Glasgow-based light designer to create a promenade-style performance with a number of visual effects. The performers will be asked to consider equalities issues throughout the process and to question their 'regular' performing practice as classical chamber musicians.
There will be a showcase performance at the CCA in Glasgow on 26th October followed by a post-performance talk with an opportunity to discuss equalities issues. A touring version of piece will be taken to venues across Scotland with performances taking place at Westbourne Music in Glasgow (2nd October), Tornaveen Hall (3rd October), Corstophine Music (4th October) and Kirkcaldy Music Society (3rd December).
Dr Oliver Searle
Dr Oliver Searle originally studied to become a classroom music teacher at and in 2000, he moved to Glasgow, where he studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with John Maxwell Geddes, gaining a Distinction for his Masters degree in 2002. He completed a PhD in composition in 2006 and has written works for the Paragon Ensemble, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, the Hebrides Ensemble, Psappha, Red Note, the Scottish Reed Trio, the BBCSSO, Illuminati, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, the New Music players and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
In 2002, he received a silver medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London and in 2004 he won the Mendelssohn Scholarship. Over the last few years, he has had works performed at festival and venues in Oxford, Edinburgh, Manchester, Aldeburgh, Cluj-Napoca, San Francisco, Johannesburg, Verona and Berlin, with several broadcasts in Europe and Asia. Recent endeavours include Technophobia, working with Drake Music Scotland as part of the London Cultural Olympiad (nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award and a British Composer Award), and a musical theatre project for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. He currently also holds a lecturing post at the RCS.
Athenaeum Winds is a diverse, adaptable group with a passion for performing and making classical music accessible to all. In 2012 Athenaeum Winds were appointed EMS Residency Project Ensemble which resulted in a concert tour of Scotland including performances for Westbourne Music, the Cottiers Chamber Music Project and Skye Chamber Music. Through the EMS scheme the group have also received coaching from notable musicians including Allan Neave, Jacqueline Shave, Mark O’Keefe and Will Conway.
Education is a high priority for all members of the ensemble and have given workshops in both primary and secondary schools. In 2013 they took part in Enterprise Music Scotland’s Train and Sustain project as well as coaching the National Wind Ensemble of Scotland at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
For more information please visit www.athenaeumwinds.com