New Music 20x12
20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Oliver Searle

Technophonia

“No barriers to performance. Disabled pupils prepare to take Technophonia south of the border…”

Times Education Supliment

 

Technophonia brings together cutting edge music interfaces used by Drake Music Scotland, the nation’s leading arts organisation providing music making opportunities for people with disabilities. Oliver Searle’s music inspires young musicians to combine their individual talents to achieve a unique team performance, challenging how the audience defines musical instruments and performing musicians.

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.

 

About Oliver Searle

Oliver Searle was born in Edinburgh in 1977 and grew up in North Berwick. He became a classroom music teacher in Aberdeen and in 2000, he moved to Glasgow, where he studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with John Maxwell Geddes, gaining a Distinction for his Masters degree in 2002. He finished his PhD in 2006, supervised by Gordon McPherson, and has recently written works for the Paragon Ensemble, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, the Hebrides Ensemble, Psappha, the John Currie singers, SYMPOSiA, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, the New Music Players, Red Note and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2002, he received a silver medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London and in 2004 he won the Mendelssohn Scholarship. Over the last few years, he has had works performed in the Glasgow Proms and at venues in Oxford, Edinburgh, Manchester, Aldeburgh, Cluj-Napoca, Johannesburg, San Francisco and Berlin, with several broadcasts in Europe and Asia.

Recent endeavours included a 20-minute work for the City Halls in Glasgow, for large choir and BBC Scottish SO. He is also frequently involved in the creation of music for theatre, has a part-time lecturing post at the RSAMD and has recently completed a music test for people with cochlear implants. Within this, he has written and organised concerts and music events for adults and children with cochlear implants, which have planned tours. He has recently been developing a comic-book opera with Hampstead Theatre and co-directs the new music group, SYMPOSiA in Glasgow.

Drake Music Scotland is the nation’s leading arts organisation providing music making opportunities for people with disabilities. Our expertise in inclusive music technology and specialist teaching methods support people of all ages and a wide range of disabilities to play, learn and compose music independently.

 

Drake Music Scotland

Developing out of the Drake Research Project founded in England by Adele Drake in 1988, Drake Music Scotland became a separate charitable organisation in 1997 and since then has worked with around 6000 children and adults across Scotland.

Drake Music Scotland is the nation’s leading arts organisation providing music making opportunities for people with disabilities. Our expertise in inclusive music technology and specialist teaching methods support people of all ages and a wide range of disabilities to play, learn and compose music independently.

 

 

The City of Edinburgh Music School,

The City of Edinburgh Music School is the only school in Europe in the maintained sector which offers a complete specialist music programme from primary to secondary level in two neighbouring centres. The happy association with Flora Stevenson Primary School ensures the musical development of students from an early age within a caring and sensitive framework. The intensive training - involving regular practice, various ensembles and individual expert tuition from the most talented and dedicated teachers in the land, paves the way for students to secure positions in some of the most prestigious colleges, universities, ensembles, orchestras and media organisations in the world.

 

The premiere of Technophonia by Oliver Searle was recorded on 15 June 2012 at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 21 June 2012.

This work is available on NMC in mp3 and FLAC download formats.

 

 

 

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Special thanks to Creative Scotland for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible.

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.

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