Emerging Composers: Scotland’s Stories
NYPBoS - New Horizons Programme
This project is part of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland’s New Horizons Programme which looks to increase access to opportunity within Piping and Traditional Music, as well as visibility and creative guidance for emerging artists from currently under-represented groups.
We believe collaboration and inclusion go hand-in-hand and wish to provide a space for young people to connect through music.
Our composers for 2021 are:
Anna Scott is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who plays Scottish traditional music. She is greatly influenced by the music of her home, the Isle of Skye. Before starting traditional music, Anna spent many years learning classical music on the piano and the clarinet in Normandy, France where she was brought up. She also plays the fiddle and the pipes.
Vardi is a producer / DJ & multi-instrumentalist. Drawing on a rich variety of influences & experiences he aims to make work that is innovative & nourishing. Growing up he used to play bagpipes in pipe bands but over time slowly moved away from this world into dance music & DJing. One of his focuses now is how to integrate his roots culture with electronic music.
Breanna Wilson is a Glasgow based fiddle player who grew up amongst the Irish traditional music scene in Glasgow. During her time at the RCS she has developed a love for American Bluegrass and Old-Time music as well as exploring some Scandinavian music whilst continuing to explore her Irish and Scottish roots.
Originally from Braemar, in the heart of the Cairngorms, Ellie has been playing the fiddle since she was 8 years old. Over the years, Ellie has composed various tunes for both fiddle and pipes, with her strongest passion being pipe music. Whilst she doesn’t play the bagpipes (yet!), she enjoys listening to and playing the repertoire and styles of the pipes, and is excited to put this into the Emerging Composers project.
Hailing from Blairbuie on the Coigach peninsula of Wester Ross, Kim is an accomplished accordion and bagpipe player with a background deeply rooted in both the pipe band and traditional music communities. After becoming the first female pipe major of the Ullapool and District Pipe Band at the age of just 15, Kim has continued to successfully compete in the pipe band scene ever since. She feels most at home while pushing the boundaries of trad music and melding her traditional roots with her contemporary style of playing.
Emerging Composers: Scotland’s Stories
Co-ordinated by the NYPBoS, Emerging Composers is a fantastic opportunity offering paid commissions for emerging composers. This year’s project is based on the theme ‘Scotland’s Stories’ and we are calling for commissions from emerging artists aged between 18-25, or up to 30 if you identify as disabled, from both within and out-with the piping community.
5 Successful applicants will be asked to respond to one of 7 stories, which will be available in Gaelic and English. They will gain access to our library and archives for continued research and each piece will be realised with the NYPBoS and performed in February 2022.
The young artists will also have the opportunity to work alongside guest mentors who will provide creative guidance, including scoring skills, during the creative weekend.
Each composer will receive a commission fee of £500 as well as support with expenses.
How do I apply?
Applications are closed for this year.
Do I qualify?
This project is open to anyone 18-25 or up to 30 if you identify as disabled to apply, and mentors will be on hand to provide guidance should you be successful.
When will I hear about the result of my application?
What is the programme structure?
Our Creative Weekend will take place 31st July-1st August. Following applicants will be asked to complete first drafts in time for Autumn rehearsals and work through towards a final version of their piece by late November 2021. Although small changes will be permitted if necessary towards the February performance.
We will discuss Autumn rehearsal schedules with successful applicants once applications have concluded.