McGuire's Ring of Strings in rehearsal at the 2006 St Magnus Festival in Orkney, conducted by James MacMillan

 

Eddie McGuire: Composer

 
 

Take a look through my latest up-and-coming concerts. I hope you can attend some of them - see you there!


Performances ahead


2023

McGuire's piano music selection now available on YouTube
Christopher Baxter has recorded and posted a substantial selection of Eddie McGuire piano music on YouTube. See here:
https://youtu.be/yv9VF4yc1S4

New orchestral premiere ~ Sunday, January 15th at 3pm in City Hall, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NS
The Merchant Sinfonia orchestra conducted by Louise Martin will give the first performance of Overture: Revival  which they commissioned. It will celebrate their return to playing following the lockdown years.  See
https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/glasgow-city-of-music-presents-merchant-sinfonia

Viola Concerto in piano & viola version ~ Wed Feb 22nd 1pm, Art Club, 185 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HU
Westbourne Music presents Paul Livingston (viola) & Anna Rastopchina (piano) in the composers arrangement of his Viola Concerto.
Lunch and a pre-concert talk on the other work Rebecca Clarke's Morpheus is available from noon. See
https://www.westbournemusic.org/copy-of-2022-season

Guitar Recital by Ian Watt ~ Sun April 9th 7pm, St Clement Dane's, London
Including McGuire's Homage to Rodrigo, a work for Bath Guitar Festival where Rodrigo was featured composer in 1996

Flute & Guitar Recital by The Brouador Duo ~ Wed April 19th 7pm, Kirkcauldy Music Society
The duo will include McGuire's Fountain of Tears  in their concert. The piece is in memory of the poet Lorca.

Guitar Recital by Anne Chaurand ~ Fri April 28th 7pm, Sharmanka Gallery, Trongate, Glasgow
Anne will include McGuire's Folk Memories in Summer in her concert, a piece commissioned by Anne Chaurand

Premiere of new work for 2 violins & piano ~ Sat May 13th 7.30pm, St Vincent's Church, Edinburgh
The Miller Violin Duo commissioned and will premiere in this concert, McGuire's Serenata for Colapesce. Inspired by an ancient Sicilian legend, they will perform it in June on the Italian island

Flute & Organ concert ~ Fri May 19th 7pm, St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh
Michael Bonaventure will include McGuire's Prelude 4  which he commissioned, in his programme. Other works will include duets with Richard Craig, who plays flute and contrabass flute

Red Note Ensemble concert ~ Friday June 8th 7.30pm Concert Hall, University of Glasgow
McGuire's Euphoria (premiered by The Fires of London at the 1980 Edinburgh International Festival) forms part of a programme of compositions by Glasgow based composers. Red Note recorded it for the Delphian CD, Entangled Fortunes, in 2015

Ian Watt guitar recital ~ Sunday August 6th 3pm Melrose Parish Church, St Mary's Road, Melrose TD6 9LJ
Ian will include McGuire's Homage to Rodrigo and his arrangement of the 1692 lament for the massacre of Glencoe Great is the Cause of My Sorrow  in his recital

Flute & guitar duo ~ Thursday August 17th 6pm Scottish Arts Club 24 Rutland Square Edinburgh EH1 2BW
The Bruadar Duo will include McGuire's suite Passing Seasons in their concert of 20th & 21st century composers who will include Kenneth Dempster and Bruce Fraser. See https://www.facebook.com/BruadarDuo for other concerts with this programme.

But Oh! The Stars with Music Shine! ~ Thursday September 7th 9pm in Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall, Orkney
Orkney International Science Festival presents the series of 5 works by McGuire inspired by astrophysics that grow in instrumentation, from solo trumpet to symphonic brass ensemble. The Festival writes:

"Scottish composer Eddie McGuire's five astronomy-inspired pieces of music have never been played as a complete series. Tonight, to celebrate his 75th birthday, you can hear them together, introduced by astronomer Dr Anne-Marie Weijmans of St Andrews University. The music comes in three films specially recorded by musicians from the University, including trumpter Bede Williams and members of the Wallace Collection. First comes the film Five Stars in Auriga featuring The Big Bang (solo trumpet), Orbit (trumpet duo), and Five Stars in Auriga (brass quintet) where each instrument represents a star in the constellation. The pieces of music are interwoven with stories from the Scottish Borders of lives connected by astronpmy and space - telescope maker James Veitch, astronomer and mathematician Michael Scott, scientist Mary Somerville, writers Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan. Then after a short break come Earthrise (a symphonic poem for brass band) and Symphonies of Galaxies. On the Saturday evening of the festival you can hear Eddie McGuire himself, along with Bede Williams, in conversation with Dr Anne-Marie Weijmans, director of post-graduate studies in the School of Physics and Astronomy at St Andrews University.  See the video on OISF You Tube channel: https://youtu.be/bWengW6201Q?si=GFGk6gMB4vaE-pxw

Flute & guitar duo ~ Saturday October 27th 7pm Cumbernauld Old Parish Church, 23 Baronhill, Cumbernauld
The Bruadar Duo will include McGuire's suite Passing Seasons in their concert of 20th & 21st century composers who will include Kenneth Dempster and Bruce Fraser. See https://www.facebook.com/BruadarDuo for other concerts with this programme.

Big Guitar Weekend ~ November 3rd - 5th 2023 in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow                                                      Guitar works by Eddie McGuire feature in this festival, including the world premiere of the live version of his Nocturne and Sunrise  for guitar quintet and a performance by Ian Watt of his solo piece Amazonia

2024

Scottish Music Centre Concert ~ February  16th at 6pm 100 Candleriggs Glasgow G1 1NQ
Huixin Hu (violin) and  Baichuan Hui  (piano) include Eddie's Scot in China and Air and Dances in a concert of music by  Chinese and Scottish composers

Luxembourg concert ~ February 19th in Philharmonie Luxembourg at 7.30pm
Eddie's arrangement of Zi Zhu Diao and Xi Yangyang (Purple Bamboo & Song of Happiness) Chinese Dances is performed by Midori and Soloistes Europeens Luxembourg conducted by Christoph Konig

Scottish Music Centre concert ~ February 22 at 7.30pm 100 Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
Richard Deering includes Eddie's Prelude 7 in his recital of piano music by Scottish composers

Accordion Concerto recording ~ February 27 BBC Maida Vale Studios London
Owen Murray records Eddie's Accordion Concerto with BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Sir James MacMillan. Studio recording for future broadcast, hence without audience

Kieran McCrossan guitar series ~ March 2024 various venues
Guitarist Kieran McCrossan will include Eddie's Slipjig Blues in his recitals: March 3rd 4pm Holy Trinity St Andrews; March 5th 1pm Kirkcaldy Art Gallery; March 8th 7pm Morningside United Church Edinburgh; March 23rd 7.30pm Edinburgh Society of Musicians
Eddie McGuire's Divertimento for 20 Violas James Durrant MBE conducts it at the International Viola Congress 1998 RSAMD Glasgow