Students in their final year of the Music - BMus programme recently had the opportunity to work with musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) to compose original pieces for an ensemble performance at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

The compositional process with the SCO musicians included the chance to explore instrumental techniques, refine ideas and to workshop and rehearse the compositions especially for the ensemble.

“This project’s been very helpful. I’ve learned so much about the compositional process,” said Jamie Fullerton (Music - BMus), “While it’s good to sit down on Sibelius and write down what you want and have it play straight back to you, Sibelius doesn’t talk back to you.”


“As a young composer, to get an opportunity like this, it really gives you an idea of how the whole situation of being commissioned by somebody to compose a piece goes.”

Callum Thomas, BMus Composition

"The project provides an unparalleled opportunity for our students to develop their work in dialogue with professional musicians," said Elaine Kelly, Head of Music at ECA, "Working alongside individual SCO players over an extended period of time allows students to really get to grips with the instruments for which they are writing, and the experience of hearing their compositions played by a world-class ensemble is simply invaluable."

“As a young composer, to get an opportunity like this, it really gives you an idea of how the whole situation of being commissioned by somebody to compose a piece goes,” said Callum Thomas (Music - BMus).

The InterConnect performance took place on 2 June 2019 in the West Court of the Main Building during the annual ECA Degree Show.


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