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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 is frequently engaged in interdisciplinary collaborations, connecting the creation of new music with research in Anthrolology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Theology and Astronomy. The ensemble has already given over twenty world premieres and worked with James MacMillan, Paul Mealor, Sally Beamish, Thea Musgrave, Emily Doolittle, 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 Steve Reich's 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. In February 2018 the ensemble gave the premiere performance of Emily Doolittle's Conversation, and in April 2018 the ensemble gave six world premieres by postgraduate composers from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Highlights of 2018-19 include a tour to the Orkney Science Festival, and the first performance of a new score by Andrew Hill (Univesrity of Greenwich) for Eugene Bauer's 1913 silent film A Twilight of a Woman's Soul.

Members are required to join the Music Centre.