Throughout my career as a composer and performer, one of my key aims has been to actively create and collaborate on musical opportunities. In 2014 I set up a production company, Lorimer Productions, whose key aim is to increase the profile and visibility of new music in Scotland through commissioning, collaborating and forming partnerships with other organisations. Scotland seems to be lagging behind the rest of the UK in it’s engagement with contemporary music, so it is hugely important to me to help highlight the wealth of composition talent that Scotland boasts and encourage the public to take an interest in the new music of their country.
Several years ago, whilst researching ancient Scottish music for another project I came across the text of Nobilis Humilis, and was immediately drawn to the idea of using this archive material in a contemporary music context. A project inspired by the Nobilis Humilis fragment began to emerge in my mind, and I spent almost a year putting together the project plans, applying for funding to support the project, and developing partnerships with Historic Scotland, Creative Scotland and Sound & Music. We raised enough support to be able to commission eight Scottish composers for the project, and the choice of composers draws upon those working within the contemporary classical, folk, electronica and world-music genres, so as to best represent the wealth of compositional talent currently in Scotland.
We’re incredibly excited to have world-renowned choral group Cappella Nova as our performance partner for the project. They are hugely committed to supporting Scottish contemporary composers and we are delighted to have them performing the new works. The support of Historic Scotland has also allowed us to tour the work to some of Scotland’s most stunning venues across the country.
As the summer approaches the planning now begins in full force. I am so excited to see the composers’ scores arriving, and to work closely with my amazing production team to bring this project to reality.
We are so privileged to live in a country with an enormous wealth of music, both past and present. I am thrilled to be able to bring eight of Scotland’s brightest and best composers to the fore with this project, and to bring innovative new choral music to the length and breadth of the country.
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