My name is Aidan and I am a composer. I was born in Australia and was raised in my parents’ restaurant in Sydney before moving to Scotland at age 4. I started learning music on my fluorescent green recorder at age 6 (which I have sadly since lost) and then went on to learn the saxophone, piano and double bass, all of which I performed on as a student at the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It was here where I came to realise I preferred writing music than playing it and began learning to compose with Audrey McPherson. I then went on to study composition at the RCS with Dr Gordon McPherson and Dr Stuart Macrae. I am now working towards a PhD exploring the creative potential of working-classness in a folio of new interdisciplinary compositions with Dr Michael Wolters and Joe Cutler at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
I have had the pleasure of working with a wide range of organisations including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Glasgow Barons Orchestra, the Glasgow New Music Expedition, the Riot Ensemble, Psappha Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, the Brodick Quartet and The Edinburgh Quartet. I have also worked with world-renowned performers Sinae Lee, Pascal Gallois, Milos Milivojevik, traditional singer/songwriter Ainsley Hamill, and conductors Jessica Cottis and Paul MacAlindin.
Links to pieces:
It’s Hard to Make an Oboe Sound Working-Class – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_34r4Gw7kk
Budget Cuts to Faure’s Piano Trio in D Minor – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFVZC-Ujwo0
Our Serengeti’s – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbc-tnoDwbs