"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
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