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New Music Ensemble


Formed in 2012, the St Andrews New Music Ensemble has built an enviable reputation for programming, commissioning and workshopping music by emerging and established composers from Scotland and beyond. The ensemble has already given over fifteen world premieres and worked with James MacMillan, Paul Mealor, Sally Beamish, Thea Musgrave, Tansy Davies and Eddie McGuire. Recent highlights have included performances at Queen's University Belfast, MacRobert Arts Centre Stirling, and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of the Glasgow MINIMAL festival. In April 2017, the ensemble was joined by musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a concert of music by Cambridge-based composer Jeremy Thurlow. The ensemble will perform the following concerts in 2017-18.


Musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Connect with St Andrews New Music Ensemble

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Byre Theatre – 1.10pm


Musicians from the SCO join forces with students and staff from the University of St Andrews to perform 20th and 21st century music for mixed ensemble, including Stravinsky’s Septet and the winning entry from an international call for scores.




Henry Purcell – Fantasia 7, transcribed by George Benjamin

Oliver Knussen – … upon one note, Fantasia after Purcell

TBC – New Work from an international call for scores

Ethel Smyth – Elegy for violin, horn and piano

Igor Stravinsky – Septet


‘Music of the Seals’

 St Andrews New Music Ensemble

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Byre Theatre – 1.10pm


The St Andrews New Music Ensemble perform the world premiere of Emily Doolittle's new composition based on research into the vocalisations of Seals. Funded by Royal Society of Edinburgh and part of Music Planet.



Emily Doolittle – New Work



Members are required to join the Music Centre.