The Scottish composer’s new role will see him work closely with BCMG over a period of ten months writing new works and immersing himself in the ensemble’s activities. Part of BCMG’s ongoing commitment to nurturing young and emerging talent, the residency offers an unrivalled opportunity to become embedded in the workings of one of the world’s foremost new music ensembles. In addition to writing two commissioned works and being supported by composer-mentors, Robert will observe and participate in the broader artistic, learning and audience development activities of BCMG. He will work closely with the BCMG team to enable a truly collaborative experience, gaining insights into all aspects of the ensemble’s work from performances, rehearsals and workshops to administrative decisions.

Cross-genre collaborations will be a major focus of the residency with Robert's first commission exploring the connections between music and visual art. He will also write a new work for young performers as part of BCMG’s innovative learning and participation programme.

A Scottish composer and pianist based and working in East London, Robert Reid Allan creates visceral, innovative and hard-hitting work touching on themes of violence, sexuality and politics. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has worked with performers and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Psappha, Red Note Ensemble, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, percussionist Joby Burgess and cellist Oliver Coates, and has had his work performed across the UK and in Europe. Robert worked with BCMG earlier this year as part of the ensemble’s Wilde Lieder Marx.Music project for which he wrote Terry Helenson’s Revolutionary Dreams, a BCMG Sound Investment commission for soprano and ensemble.

 

Robert Reid Allan comments: I’m really pleased to be appointed this year’s Apprentice Composer in Residence with BCMG. I’ve already been fortunate enough to have had one commission from BCMG this summer, and I’m really excited to be writing two new pieces on this residency. The ensemble is so fantastically open-minded, forward-thinking, friendly and supportive and I’m very lucky indeed to have been given this opportunity.”

 

Stephan Meier, Artistic Director, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, comments: “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 to also 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. Having worked with Robert earlier this year through our Wilde Lieder Marx.Music project, we know what a brilliant talent he is and are looking forward to working with him more closely. I’m particularly excited about Robert’s plans for cross-genre collaborations and how this will open up new creative paths for both him and the ensemble, allowing us to further explore the ever-changing landscape of contemporary music.”

 

Robert Reid Allan takes the reins from Korean-born composer Donghoon Shin whose residency with BCMG culminates in the world premiere of his specially-commissioned Sheng Concerto to be performed by world-renowned Sheng player Wu Wei on Thursday 21 March 2019.

BCMG’s Apprentice Composer-in-Residence scheme is generously supported by The Leverhulme Trust.

 

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Notes to Editors

About Robert Reid Allan

Robert Reid Allan is a Scottish composer and pianist based and working in East London. He creates visceral, innovative and hard-hitting work touching on themes of violence, sexuality and politics.

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has worked with a number of distinguished performers and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, the Royal Scottish National and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, Psappha and Red Note Ensembles, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, percussionist Joby Burgess and cellist Oliver Coates, and has had work performed across the UK and in Europe.

In addition to his work as a composer, Robert is much in demand as a teacher, accompanist, repetiteur and engraver, is a voracious bookworm and likes to think of himself as a decent vegan cook. 

http://www.robertallanmusic.com/

 

About Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is one of the world’s foremost new music ensembles. Over three decades, BCMG has developed the music of today for the audiences of tomorrow. The ensemble has commissioned over 175 pieces of music from the world’s finest composers and emerging international talent. Many of the works have been commissioned through its innovative pioneering Sound Investment crowd-funding scheme to which over 500 donors have contributed more than £300,000; many of these works have subsequently found their way into worldwide repertoire. Forthcoming Sound Investment commissions include works by Ondřej Adámek, Rebecca Saunders and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. BCMG also supports the next generation of exceptional young composers through its Apprentice Composer-in-Residence scheme.

BCMG was founded by musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1987, with Sir Simon Rattle as Founding Patron. Since then, BCMG has reached over 10 million people in concert and through broadcasts. The Group performs regularly at CBSO Centre, Symphony Hall and Town Hall Birmingham, Wigmore Hall in London and at the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival. 

International tours have included visits to the USA (Library of Congress), Mexico, India and venues across France, Germany and Austria. The Group is regularly heard in concert on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded extensively. Recordings include discs of works by Thomas Adès, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Benjamin Britten, and a Grammy Award-nominated recording of Gerald Barry’s opera, The Importance of Being Earnest, for NMC Recordings. Recent releases include Howard Skempton’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a series of recordings devoted to British composers including BCMG’s late Artist-in-Association Oliver Knussen, Julian Anderson and Charlotte Bray (all on NMC) and a disc of the works of Elliott Carter on Ondine, released in August 2017.

BCMG’s long established Learning and Participation programmes actively engage young people in composing and performing, and have earned BCMG nationwide recognition (in 2016, the Group was highly commended in the Family Arts Festival Awards). 

 

BCMG:  

Founding Patron – Sir Simon Rattle

Artistic Director – Stephan Meier

 

BCMG is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

 

https://www.bcmg.org.uk/