Thomas Butler, Composer on Go Compose!

Thomas Butler is the Sound and Music Embedded Composer with Red Note Ensemble, and assisted on this year's Go Compose course at Woodend Barn with composer Brian Irvine and Red Note Ensemble. He writes about his experiences of the course which you can read here...

Go Compose!, day 1

'I’m in Banchory, about eighteen miles west of Aberdeen, with three members of Red Note Ensemble and composer Brian Irvine. I’m assisting Brian as he works with four young composers at Go Compose!, an initiative based at Woodend Barn and developed by Sound Festival, Sound and Music and Red Note. This is the third annual Go Compose!, a course which aims to create an environment for school-aged composers to develop their craft.'

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'It’s day two of Go Compose! here in Banchory. I am assisting composer Brian Irvine as he guides a group of school-age composers through the process of writing a new piece to be performed tomorrow by Red Note Ensemble on the opening night of Aberdeenshire’s Sound Festival. Our young composers have worked overnight on their scores in preparation for this performance. There’s still quite a long way to go but each composer has made considerable headway.'

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'It’s the third and final day of Go Compose! where I am assisting composer Brian Irvine, Sound and Music and Red Note Ensemble as they guide a group of school-age composers through writing and rehearsing brand new pieces. We’ve just enjoyed the final concert of the opening night of the Sound Festival, the grand finale of the course where each new work received its première.'

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Go Compose! is a collaboration between Sound and Music, sound festival, Red Note Ensemble and Woodend Barn, with support from Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative, PRS for Music Foundation, Aberdeen City Council, the University of Aberdeen, the David and June Gordon Memorial Trust and The Robertson Trust. Go Compose! is part of soundgeneration, a programme of contemporary music workshops for young people.