Every year the University of Edinburgh stops all usual lessons and runs an 'Innovative Learning Week' (ILW2015). It seems that some students use it as an excuses to go home for a few days or catch up on some other work, but for those that hang around we are able to put on some fantastic opportunities for them. This year I was lucky to have an application accepted and I was able to invite the Gildas Quartet to add another leg in their Scottish tour and come and play some brand new pieces in Edinburgh.
We kicked off with a Monday Lunchtime concert. Setting the bar nice and high, the program was:
- Birtwistle Quartet Tree of Strings
- Matt Giannotti Echo
- Janáček Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata
Then, after the ensemble picking picking C,D,E,F♯ and A out of a hat to act as a theme the following composers were given just 24 hours to turn around a score.
- Elisabeth Cowe (Alumni MMus)
- Caroline Elliott (Current BMus)
- Matt Giannotti (Current PhD)
- Michael Graham (Current BMus)
- Alex Lamb (Current BMus)
- Arvin Hosseini Kamal (Current PhD)
- Harry Whalley (Almni PhD)
- Rosie Wilson (Current BMus)
The concert the following night was well attended, and the pieces were unanimously of extremely high quality. The Quartet were typically unfazed by what was by all account the recipe for a stressful situation. It was a thrilling couple of days!