Posted on 8 June 2011
On 3 June 2011, as part of the opening night of Glasgow's West End Festival, Strathclyde University Chamber Choir gave the world premiere of Emily's Tagradh gu Moire Mhathair. Emily has been collaborating with the singers and their director, Alan Tavener, as part of the Adopt a Composer scheme since November 2010, devising and improvising musical material, workshopping ideas and eventually rehearsing the finished piece.
The work is made up of five Marian motets, which can be performed individually as standalone compositions or strung together as one c. 15-minute piece, as the choir chose to do for the premiere. The composition features English, Latin and Gaidhlig translations of two renowned Scottish texts, the Carmina Gaedelica and the thirteenth-century St Andrews Music Book. The title itself is also Gaidhlig and translates as 'A petition to Mother Mary'. The music combines a number of influences, particularly drawing on Javanese and Balinese gamelan, medieval plainsong, and extended body percussion and vocal techniques.
The performance is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 later in the year.
Emily has enjoyed further success with her theatrical piece Harry and the Wolf gaining a Commended award in the 2011 Recital Music Double Bass Composition Competition – more information is available on the Recital Music website.