On Wednesday 1st May 2019, we're delighted to welcome back Savourna Stevenson to give a clarsach composition workshop and Twilight Recital.
The workshop is for CoEMS students and parents, but if you would like to attend, please contact us.
Savourna Stevenson, “a composer who is a national treasure” (The Herald), began playing the piano and composing from the age of 5 with her father, the composer Ronald Stevenson, and made her concert debut with the harp at the age of 15 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
Although her music strongly reflects her Scottish roots, it also reveals her uniquely eclectic and innovative urge to break through stylistic barriers between classical, folk, world music and jazz.
She championed the clarsach, the traditional Scottish harp, from an early age and has written prolifically for the instrument, collaborating with traditional artists including Aly Bain, Danny Thompson, Davy Spillane, June Tabor and Eddi Reader. Musical experimentation across a variety of genres led to more collaborations with artists such as African Kora player Toumani Diabate, the Bhundu Boys (Zimbabwe), Iranian percussionists The Chemiranis and many more at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios and WOMAD festivals.
Stevenson is currently working on commissions including a work for piano and orchestra entitled The Secret Life of a Piano which explores the music and friendship between Gershwin and Ravel.
In accepting a student into The Music School, The City of Edinburgh Council is making a major commitment to resources, and if the School is to be of maximum benefit to its students this commitment must be matched by that of students and parents. This guide is intended to help parents play their part in the process.
A preliminary audition can be arranged through the Director of The Music School at any time during the academic year. On the basis of this informal meeting advice will be given on whether or not to proceed further. Those short-listed for a final audition will be called in for assessment by a panel of highly-renowned musicians from both within and outwith the School.