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BCMG announces Robert Reid Allan as composer-in-residence

2:57, 4th December 2018

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) has announced the appointment of Robert Reid Allan as apprentice composer-in-residence for its 2018-19 season.

The Scottish composer will work closely with BCMG over ten months, writing new works and participating in the learning and development activities of the group.

Reid Allan’s first commission will explore the connections between music and visual art. He will also write a new work for young performers as part of BCMG’s learning and participation programme.

Based in east London, Reid Allan explores themes of violence, sexuality and politics in his work. He is a graduate of Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and has worked with groups such as Ensemble Modern, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Psappha, Red Note Ensemble, and EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble.

Describing BCMG as ‘open-minded, forward-thinking, friendly and supportive’, he said, ‘I’m very lucky indeed to have been given this opportunity.’

Stephan Meier, artistic director of BCMG, added: ‘As a champion of both established and emerging composers, showcasing the music of today and nurturing the music of tomorrow has always been central to BCMG’s identity. We’re excited to welcome Robert into the musical life of BCMG to write new works and also to participate in the ensemble’s wider activities.

‘The scheme provides a young composer with a unique development opportunity but also brings to BCMG a valuable and enriching chance to build lasting relationships with some of today’s most promising young creatives.’

Reid Allan takes over from Korean-born composer Donghoon Shin whose residency culminates in the world premiere of his Sheng Concerto, to be performed by world-renowned Sheng player Wu Wei on 21 March 2019.



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