Composers' day

  • Workshop

Saturday 2 November 2019 | 10.30am-4.00pm

The Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

soundfestival's annual composers' day is a unique opportunity for composers of all ages and standards to improve their skills, develop new ideas and hear tips from leading professionals.

Taking place on Sat 2 November in Aberdeen the day will feature talks by composers Ailie Robertson and Luke Styles and a masterclass with oboist Nicholas Daniel

The composing themes for the day are writing for the endangered instrument the oboe, and using personal stories as material.

1:1 sessions also available.

Cost: £12

Aims of the day for composers: 

  • To have an inspiring professional developmental session with other composers at different career stages
  • To gain insights into composing for the oboe and using personal material for composition 
  • To have a 1:1 surgery session with composers involved in the day  
  • To get tips, advice and insight from our artistic delivery team


10.30am       Registration, tea and coffee

10.45am       Using personal stories as compositional material – Ailie Robertson, sound Composer-in-residence

11.45am       Short break

12.00pm       Lunchtime concert Nicholas Daniel & Friends at St Andrew’s Cathedral featuring James MacMillan’s Intercession for 3 Oboes

1.30pm         1:1 Surgery sessions with Ailie Robertson & Luke Styles

10 Minute sessions offered on a first-come served-served basis. Interspersed with lunch break.

2.00pm         Session on composing for the oboe – Luke Styles

3.00pm         Oboe masterclass with selected compositions - Nicholas Daniel

4.00pm         Finish 

Please bring:

Packed lunch | Notebook/manuscript paper | 2x Scores/notes for 1:1 surgery session (if applicable) 

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