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

St Andrews New Music Ensemble ~ February 19th 2020 at 1pm                                                                                                                                                            Premiere of Farview, the second movement of McGuire's Kaleidoscope Suite. Specially written for the ensemble's double wind quintet in the concert at St Salvator's Chapel, University of St Andrews, Scotland, conducted by Bede Williams

American Trombone Workshop ~ March 6th 2020                                                                                                                                                                                  McGuire's Trombone Concerto  performed by John Kenny at this showcase trombone festival in Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, Virginia: John premiered it in 1992 with Glasgow Festival Strings & conductor James Durrant who commissioned it. Now published by Warwick Music

Cuillin Sound Quartet ~ March 15th  2020 at 7.30pm                                                                                                                                 They include McGuire's Winds at Sea  in their concert at the Parish Church, Church Street, Gatehouse of Fleet in south east Scotland

Passau Guitar Festival (Passau Saiten) ~ March 21st  2020 ~ POSTPONED due to pandemic                                              Musicians from Camerata Taipei, join with festival guitarist, flautist and cellist to premiere a new version of Interlogue  by McGuire (for guitar, cello, guzheng, pi'pa, flute and percussion). In Kloster Niedernburg, Passau (on the Danube, south east Bavaria, Germany)

Cello Concerto premiere ~ May 15th 2020 ~ POSTPONED due to pandemic                                                                                                     McGuire's new Cello Concerto :  premiere at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Broen Ensemble strings and soloist (TBA)

Cello Concerto second performance ~ May 16 2020 ~ POSTPONED due to pandemic                                                                                The Loch Shiel Festival in the western highlands of Scotland presents the new Cello Concerto  by Edward McGuire.

Euphoria internet broadcast ~ May 29th 2020 and onwards                                                                                                                                                                                A performance by Red Note Ensemble from their award-winning CD on Delphian Records on their  YouTube channel and Facebook. Composer Edward McGuire introduces it, playing the theme on his flute.

Three Comic Sketches  internet premiere ~ June 7th and onwards                                                                                                                                                            Calum Robertson performs all 4 parts of this new piece for bass clarinets, commissioned by Jane Forder (nee Staunton) of Caversham.         Broadcast on YouTube:  ~ Score and parts available from

Nuremberg performances   ~ July 10th & 11th 2020                                                                                                                                 Eddie McGuire attended Stefan Grasse's recital in the Renaissance-Saal at Burg Rabenstein to hear performances of his Homage to Rodrigo, Slip Jig Blues and Suite from Peter Pan the Ballet (which he played on solo flute) on July 10th. On the 11th Nuremberg Guitar Society (Saitenwirbel)'s open-air concert organised by Stefan Grasse included the same works. It was the first public concert to be held in Nuremberg since the coronavirus lockdown began in March. McGuire has been commissioned by the Society to compose a piece for 5 guitars and he has completed Nocturne and Sunrise which will be premiered by their ensemble including (Stefan Grasse and Bert Lipert) in 2021.   The concerts were supported by the offices of the twin cities, Glasgow and Nuremberg.

Scottish Arts Club premieres ~ August 21, 2020 and onwards
Filmed for viewing on You Tube, McGuire's Storm Warning will be premiered during this concert. Commissioned by violinist Hector Scott) who will be joined by Shinobu Scott clarinet, Mark Bailey cello and narrator Taylor Wilson), the text is by the composer. The concert also has premieres by Margaret McAllister and music by John McLeod and Florence Price. See

Three Donne Lyrics online premiere ~ September 3rd 2020 9pm and onwards
Modern science was born amidst the Thirty Years War, a catastrophic conflict that flared up 400 years ago
when an invasion of Bohemia ended the King and Queen’s rule after just one winter. The Winter Queen was Elizabeth Stewart, granddaughter of Mary Queen of Scots, and the war affected the lives of many people – among them Kepler, Galileo and the poet John Donne. Howie Firth tells the story, interwoven with the online premiere of a setting of Three Donne Lyrics by composer Edward McGuire, sung by the Choir of Paisley Abbey with bass flautist Ewan Robertson. 

Folk Memories in Autumn in outdoor concert ~ September 6th 2020 at 3pm                                                                                                          TAIKA (Sophie Rocks, harp, and Meera Maharaj, flute) will play this piece by McGuire in their concert at Partick Bowing & Community Club, 46 Partickhill Road Glasgow G11 5BY Tickets in advance via the Club website.

Morning Garden Concert ~ September 12th 2020 11am                                                                                                                                                                                    McGuire's Folk Memories in Autumn and Celtic Knotwork will be played by Taika and other flautists: Weasdale Nurseries, Newbiggin-on-Lune CA17 4LX near Tebay (limited seating)

Taika on-line concert (YouTube) ~ from September 20th 2020  1pm                                                                                                                                                         Folk Memories in Autumn will again be played along with pieces by Ravel, Boulanger, Chris Stout & Villa Lobos at Sharpe Craft's Barn, Todmorden, West Yorkshire See YouTube:

Glasgow Barons and The Whistlebinkies in Govan ~ awaiting online date (YouTube)
Widely believed to be the first symphonic work for folk group and orchestra, McGuire's Riverside (commissioned by the SCO in 1990) will be performed again in the Pierce Institute in Govan, Glasgow, by these two ensembles in a concert conducted by Paul MacAlindin.            For more see

Soundtracks for James Cowan artwork videos  ~ ongoing presentation on You Tube                                                                                     Click on the heading at the top of this page - 'Soundtracks' - for links to the new videos with music by Eddie McGuire for ensembles such as wind quintet; violin, clarinet & piano; flute,violin & cello; flute, clarinet & bassoon

Nocturne & Sunrise  ~  premiere at Nuremberg Guitar Nights ~ July 16th 2021 at  7pm                                                                           Commissioned by Nuremberg Guitar Society this new piece for 5 guitars will be performed by Stefan Grasse who will play live with 4 recorded parts in this open-air event at Tucherschloss Museum.  More details on                                                                                                                                     

Orkney International Science Festival ~ online September 2nd 2021 at 9pm                                                                                                                      3 astro-physics inspired works by Eddie McGuire feature in this event - The Big Bang (solo trumpet); Orbit (trumpet duo) and Five Stars in Auriga (brass quintet) with Bede Williams (trumpet) and the Wallace Collection Brass Quintet. Read about it here:  Watch on YouTube:

St Andrews Music Participation Brass Concert ~ online September 26th 2021 at 5pm                                                                                       Including Eddie McGuire's Earthrise and John Wallace's Mysteries of the Universe - both for large brass ensemble. See link at

Saxophone & Harp work at music societies ~ October 27th & 30th 2021
Karen Dufour & Gwen Mairi Sinclair (Baba Yaga sax & harp duo) play Eddie's Purple Bamboo arrangement of 3 Chinese dances at Strathearn Music Society and Linlithgow Arts Guild

Guitar Duo at COP26 arts programme ~ November 12th at 4pm and on You Tube
Tim Beattie & Finlay Hay of the RCS Guitar Ensemble play Eddie's Piobaireachd to the Brahmaputra at the Science Show Theatre in the Glasgow Science Centre during the COP26 climate conference. View on You Tube:

Eddie McGuire's Divertimento for 20 Violas James Durrant MBE conducts it at the International Viola Congress 1998 RSAMD Glasgow