Young musicians and composers are being invited to join the Gordon Duncan Experience as part of a band new composition project.
The invitation extends to young people aged 14-21 of intermediate level and above, on any instrument and from any musical background who want to develop their composition skills, to audition to join its free ‘Online Composition Masterclasses’.
Creative Director for Contemporary Music for Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, Andy Shearer, said: “As well as being an incredible player who changed how the pipes are played, Gordon’s greatest legacy is as a composer who revolutionised the way tunes are written for traditional instruments. Many of his compositions are now regarded as classics and he’s been a direct influence on an entire generation of musicians and writers, many of whom will be teaching on this course,
“With lockdown meaning people couldn’t get together to rehearse as a band, it made sense for us to focus on Gordon’s enormous influence as a composer and create this unique opportunity for young people, which can be pursued individually and from home.”
Musical Director Patsy Reid is leading the project and the 20 successful applicants will work alongside some of Scotland’s top musicians and composers, attending five ‘masterclasses’ and five one-to-one mentoring sessions online, with the aim of creating a finished piece of music.
The project celebrates the life of the Pitlochry piper, Gordon Duncan, by practising traditional Scottish Music with an influence from jazz, rock, pop, blues and classical.
Scottish musician, composer and educator Patsy Reid, who takes up the baton of Musical Director for the first time said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be rolling up my sleeves and joining the Gordon Duncan Experience team as Musical Director.
“As a musician and composer, I’m ever in awe of the massive contribution that Gordon made, not only to the musical community of Perthshire and Scotland, but the impact he continues to make on the international stage by means of his trail-blazing compositions and significant teaching legacy.
“As part of that legacy, the Gordon Duncan Experience plays a very important role in developing young players’ musicianship, as well as providing an excellent platform for performance and composition.
“As an educator, I’m proud to be involved but also eager to maintain and sustain our young musicians’ social and creative outlet during this critical time, when musicmaking and creativity are being challenged so greatly.
“We are very excited to be launching our online composition project, which offers the opportunity to work with some of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians and composers through a programme of masterclasses and 1:1 mentoring sessions. Let’s keep the music flowing and we’ll be back performing again in no time!”
Morag Neville from The Northwood Charitable Trust who are funding the project said: “The Northwood Charitable Trust is delighted to support the important role that The Gordon Duncan Experience plays in music and welcomes Patsy Reid to her new post as Musical Director.”
To find out more about the project and how to audition contact Emma Neck, Creative Learning Co-ordinator (Music) firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date of Sunday 14 March 2021.