Amble Skuse

  • Composer

Amble’s work has been performed from Slovakia to China, by ensembles including Mr McFall’s Chamber, Red Note Ensemble and Rarescale. In 2012 she undertook the prestigious Adopt a Composer project for Sound and Music and Making Music UK. A Creative Scotland International Creative Entrepreneurship Fellow and BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2013, she was recently awarded a BBC alumni fellowship. Her work Chapels with Splendid Glass Windows was featured on BBC Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped. The project Remembered Imagined, which she produced in 2013, played to packed houses: “a web of influences and interconnections” by “fearless innovators” (The Scotsman). Her work has featured on both BBC Radio 3 and Radio 6 Music.

In 2018, she collaborated with Alasdair Roberts and David McGuinness on What News (Guardian Folk Album of the Month), creating “huge, all-encompassing soundworlds that give the material a powerful new lease of life” (Songlines). The recording was described by fRoots as “spectacular…groundbreaking even”, and by Folk Radio UK as “magical, clean and refreshing…a set of minimalist music and vocal clarity that is starkly beautiful in its boldness”.  

Work in 2020 includes a commission from the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival on the experience of isolation. She is completing a PhD exploring performance, improvisation and composition using body sensors with disabled musicians.