Former Music School pupil Martyn Bennett has been in our minds a great deal recently.
Here are some links to his work in the media:
The opening night of this year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow featured a full orchestration of Martyn Bennett's last album, Grit, by cross-genre classical violinist Greg Lawson. Bennett died from cancer in 2005 at the age of 33. You can get a taste of the concert with a clip of the encore, while in a special film by NATALIE MOSS for BBC Arts, Lawson discusses how he reimagined the record credited with starting the musical evolution of Celtic fusion. We also present a selection of BBC archive performances and interviews. Below, folk journalist JIM GILCHRIST tells the story of the man behind the album and chooses his highlights from this year's festival programme.
Highlights from the Celtic Connections 2015 opening ceremony featuring the World Premiere of the Martyn Bennett's GRIT will be broadcast tonight on BBC 2 Scotland at 21:30 and subsequently available on BBC iPlayer. The album GRIT, originally release in October 2003, was to be Martyn's final masterpiece; a complex mixture of electronica, dance beats and samples offset by the voices of traditional singers whose music and words Martyn was raised on.
The Edinburgh Evening News has flagged 2nd year City of Edinburgh Music School/Broughton High student as 'one to watch for 2015'. Read the full story here: http://m.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/life-style/the-ones-to-watch-in-2015-1-3649278
6th year student, Rob Taylor, came second in The Martyn Bennett Prize for traditional music composition event at the Queen's Hall on 14 October. The other competitors were all adults and professional musicians. Rob won £1000.
Produced by The Queen’s Hall and the Traditional Music Forum, the Martyn Bennett Prize is a compositional prize for new work that takes its inspiration from Scottish traditional music. Named in honour of the acclaimed composer/multi instrumentalist Martyn Bennett, and supported by funding from Creative Scotland, applications are open to all composers and musicians aged 16+ based in Scotland whose work and practice evidences the influence of Scottish traditional music.
You can listen to his piece here: http://themartynbennettprize.com/2014-prize/
Music School student Anna McLuckie has received over 10 million hits on YouTube after her performance on The Voice on BBC1.
Music School student,Harmony Rose Bremner sang beautifully on Saturday night, (9 Nov 2013) in Greyfriars Kirk in the premiere of Paul Mealor's piece The Farthest Shore.
The composer, who shot to fame in 2011 when his motet, a setting of Ubi Caritas et Amor, was premiered at the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton, told Harmony after the performance that hers was the best rendition of it he has heard.
1st year pupil, 12 year old Saskia Eng, stole the show at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre on Friday evening, 1 November 2013, and took home 1st prize!
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