The Distil Showcase will return again to the Tolbooth in Stirling on Friday 31st March 2017 at 8pm. The concert showcases the new and exciting music of traditional music composers. We are very lucky to have Mr McFall’s Chamber as our resident house band once again. You can buy tickets for this fab night of music here!
Sally Simpson has written music called Transitions. Here’s some information about it.
‘Transitions’ is be a piece of music on the theme of change and sculpting of eras, drawing on my experiences in the six or so months since I finished my degree. It’s a scary and bewildering time – the last time I wasn’t in full time education was at the age of four! It’s been a time of change, constantly flitting between anxiety and excitement mixed with a healthy dose of existential dread and, on a more positive note, a sense of achievement, stimulation and progress. I feel like to a certain extent I’m just decorating time, both through music and just filling the hours as I try to justify my existence as a freelance musician.
Despite all the graduation style talk of ‘the end of an era’ and ‘the beginning of life’, it’s been nothing like that. With very few exceptions, I think eras shift gradually rather than starting and stopping, and it’s only when you look back that you see that you’re living in a different time. Far from a snappy transition, the reshaping of life’s day to day processes and goals has been incredibly slow.
I wanted to try and communicate all of these feelings on this journey into the (hopefully ongoing) unknown through music – and, quite frankly, to challenge myself to compose for an ensemble, as for me, composition is a relatively new and daunting area of musical practice in itself.
You can read about all the composers here.