The Glasgow New Music Expedition and The Royal Junior Conservatoire of Scotland join forces to deliver a new Composition course

30th September, 2016

The Glasgow New Music Expedition, in partnership with The Royal Junior Conservatoire of Scotland, will jointly deliver the Junior Conservatoire's new composition programme.

The programme provides, for the first time, the opportunity for junior students to select composition as their main area of musical study, and to provide regular access to professional musicians to workshop and perform their work.

Through this academic year we have been hosting workshops to explore percussion and strings, led by GNME members Glynn Forrest and Andrew Huggan. Our work culminates in a public workshop performance of student works on Sunday, May 7th directed by our Principal Conductor, Jessica Cottis, at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

We believe in the importance of new music in Scotland. We look forward to developing this partnership and to offering these composers access to opportunities which will profoundly support their development.

Join us on May 7th at 3pm to hear the culmination of our first year working together!

Our Launch and PLUG 2015

13th May, 2015

On March 21st 2015 we took to the stage for our first concert as an ensemble to a sell-out crowd at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We premièred SIX new pieces by Euan Ferguson, Tom David Wilson, Nora Marazaite, Richard Greer, Gordon McPherson and Michael McEneny.

Ken Walton from the Scotsman noted: 'It was a promising start for the GNME ensemble. Cottis found positive energy in her players, not least a sense of textural definition that fed through most of the short performances.'

You can read the full article here:

Last week we arrived at the Royal Conservatoire, invited to perform at their annual fesitval of new student compositions: PLUG. We would be performing brand new work from Matt Zurowski, Martin Keary, Sam Beagles and giving a second performance of Nora Marazaite's 'Ubik' from our Launch.

It was a great experience to work with the composers and to perform in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Michael Tumelty from the Herald noted: 'After the interval, the excellent Glasgow New Music Expedition ensemble of strings and winds, led by the RSNO's William Chandler and conducted cleanly and tightly by Jessica Cottis, dispatched four good pieces with elan and dash: Samuel Beagles' Bristle, which did what it said on the tin, restless though yearning to soar, Martin Keary's brilliant near-pastiche, Double-booked with Strangers, which fed Haydn and Shostakovich through a madcap mincer patented by Charles Ives, Nora Marazaite's stunning exploration of states of stillness and drama, Ubik, and Matthew Zurowski's breathtaking Cold Comfort, whose computerised crescendo was superbly-crafted if a fraction overlong.'

You can read the full review here:

You can hear us perform online at:

It is now time to put our plans for the future into action. Watch this space.

Richard Greer

Indie GoGo Launched

21st February, 2015

We have launched a crowd-funding campaign through Indie GoGo to meet at least £500 of our launch project costs.

A big thanks to Alexander Horowitz for producing our fundraising video!

Find out more here.

The project will run until March 2nd.

We appreciate all the help we can get!


The Jennie S. Gordon Memorial Foundation Funds New Composition Prize

20th February, 2015

We are delighted to announce the creation of the Jennie S. Gordon Memorial Composition Prize for students at The Junior Conservatoire of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Funded by the Jennie S. Gordon Memorial Foundation and curated by The Glasgow New Music Expedition, this new prize seeks to encourage young composers to excel and to encrouage some to pursue a life in music.

On Saturday 21st of March GNME will give workshop performances of shortlisted compositions before a varied panel award the prize of £100 for new work.