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2015/16 Call for Scores

The St Andrews Music Centre, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Tom Harrold are looking for new music for a duo of viola and bassoon to be workshopped on Tuesday 16 February 2016. One piece from the workshop will be selected for performance on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

Composers of any age and nationality are invited to submit scores.

At least four scores will be selected for the public workshop on Tuesday 16 February. It is expected that shortlisted composers will attend this workshop in person or via Skype, composer Tom Harrold and musicians Alison Green (bassoon) and Jane Atkins (viola) will offer guidance and advice. Pieces must not have previously been performed and should be between 3 and 7 minutes long.

Closing date for entries is Friday 15th January 2016. Please send digital copies of scores to

Dates, venues and times are as follows:

Workshop: St Leonard's Chapel Tuesday 16th February 2-4pm
Recital: Byre Theatre Wednesday 17th February 5.30pm


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Tom Harrold

Scottish composer Tom Harrold (b.1991) is a recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was a Radcliffe Trust Scholar under the tutelage of Professors Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb and Dr David Horne.

Tom’s music has received worldwide performances at venues which include the Berlin Philharmonic, Cadogan, Queen Elizabeth, and Bridgewater Halls, the Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Kings Place, and St John’s Smith Square by groups which include the BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Scottish Chamber, Aurora, and Birmingham Festival Orchestras, WorldBrass, Onyx Brass, SuperBrass, Total Brass, Manchester Camerata, the Edinburgh Quartet, the Lancashire Sinfonietta, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Endymion Ensemble, Trinity Boys Choir, the BBC Singers, and Exaudi. His music has been recorded by Linn Records and Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Tom’s recent output includes a long-term, large-scale outreach project for 200 young and SEN performers, a world premiere by the BBC SSO at the St Magnus Festival, two Royal Philharmonic Society bicentenary mini-commissions, and Darkened Dreams, a co-commission from Radio 3, the Proms and Radio 4 which was broadcast live simultaneously on Radios 3’s In-Tune and Radio 4’s PM.

Tom’s upcoming engagements include an orchestral work for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming season, a new work for Jane Atkins and Alison Green in association with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and a  performance of Skirll by WorldBrass at the Berlin Philharmonie.

During his studies, Tom is grateful to have received sponsorship from Dewar Arts Awards, the Scottish International Education Trust, the RVW Trust, Caird Travelling Scholarships, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and the Cross Trust.

Prior to the RNCM, Tom was a BBC Proms / Guardian Young Composer winner, shortlisted by the NCEM / BBC Radio 3 Young Composers' Award, and highly commended in the First International Competition for Choral Scores (ISCM / EC / JMI).

Tom also broke a Guinness World Record for his work Ticcatoccatina, for the greatest number of musicians performing on one piano at one time. 

Jane Atkins

Jane Atkins started the violin after requesting one for her fourth birthday and two years later she gained a scholarship to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Whilst continuing her studies with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of music and Drama, she won the 1988 London Philharmonic/ Pioneer Young Soloist of the Year and gained second prize in the Lionel Tertis competition.

Since her debut performing the Walton concerto with Kurt Sanderling and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1989, Jane has appeared as a soloist throughout the UK and Europe performing with many orchestras, notably the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras: the Dutch and Danish Radio Orchestras and both the City of London and Northern Sinfonias. As a recitalist she has performed in major British festivals including Newbury, Harrogate, Cheltenham and Spitalfields.

Jane was Principal Viola in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for four years after which she enjoyed a varied solo, chamber and freelance career in London. In 2008 she was appointed Principal Viola of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and began teaching at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Since her move to Scotland, Jane has joined Alexander Janiczek to perform the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and has also performed with pianist Llyr Williams in both the Edinburgh International and Perth Festivals.

Jane is committed to expanding the viola repertoire and has commissioned and performed many new works by Diana Burrell, Ib Norholm, John Woolrich and Andrew Toovey. Her contemporary recordings include Woolrich’s Ulyssees Awakes, Burrell’s Concerto and Tavenor’s Out of the Night for viola and tenor. Other recordings include the Telemann and the newly reconstrusted Bach concertos, both recorded with the Adderbury Ensemble and Rothko Chapel by Morton Feldman with James Wood and the New London Chamber Choir.

Alison Green

Alison Green was born in Edinburgh and studied bassoon at the RSAMD, where she won the Governors' Recital Prize and the Choral Conducting Prize. On completing her studies in Glasgow, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Scholarship, enabling further study at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva. While in Switzerland, Alison gained a lot of orchestral experience. This continued on her return to Scotland, where she freelanced and for several years was Principal Bassoon of the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Since 1990, Alison has been Sub Principal Bassoon of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She thrives on the variety of work which the Orchestra undertakes and has appeared as Contrabassoon soloist in Strathclyde Concerto No 9 by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. She was also part of the experimental ensemble, SCO LAB, which culminated in Alison being one of the soloists for the 2009 SCO tour of India with Amjad Ali Khan.

An important part of Alison's life in the Orchestra is her work with SCO Connect, the orchestra's creative learning team. For ten years she was part of the very successful Bear Hunt project. More recently she has been working with other SCO musicians on the ground breaking ReConnect project which involves interactive music-making for people living with dementia. She has also expanded her interest in exploring music with dementia patients by taking part in 'Train and Sustain', an initiative of Enterprise Music Scotland.