New Music Biennial 2014
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Stephen MontagueStephen Montague

Three Fables



Crawford Logan, narrator

Jacqueline Shave, violin

Fiona Winning, viola

Robert Irvine, cello

Ruth Morley, flute

Ruth Wall, harp

Tom Hunter, percussion

Text: Zinnie Harris

This is a new children’s work for 6 musicians and narrator based on tales sent in by children from different countries across the Commonwealth, rewritten by award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris.

"I’m absolutely thrilled to be selected for this exciting project using folk tales from the Commonwealth. What could be better: commissioned by the wonderful Scottish Sound Festival to work with the brilliant Red Note Ensemble and funded by the one of the world’s best supporters of new music, PRS for Music Foundation." Stephen Montague

"We’re thrilled to have been selected by the new and already prestigious PRS for Music Foundation New Music Biennial commissioning fund, to bring together composer Stephen Montague, Scotland’s Red Note Ensemble, playwright Zinnie Harris and children from Commonwealth countries to create an exciting new work for the children’s repertoire." sound festival


About Stephen Montague

Stephen Montague is an Anglo/American composer born and educated in the USA but living in Europe since 1972, first as a Fulbright Scholar in Warsaw (1972-74) and since 1974 in London where he works as a freelance composer. His works have been performed worldwide by leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists which include the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, The National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC), Royal Ballet, Hilliard Ensemble, Pacifica Quartet, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and pianists Stephen Kovacevich and Marc-André Hamelin.

His 70th birthday was celebrated in March with 3 London concerts devoted to his music: a lunchtime “Happening” with 67 performers scattered throughout St Johns, Smith Square, an orchestral evening with two orchestras, and his Requiem: “The Trumpets Sounded Calling Them to the Other Side”, a 40 minute orchestral/choral work which uses 4 fog horns.

Recent commissions have included the BBC Proms, a harpsichord concerto, Phrygian Ferment, for Scotland’s Sound Festival 2012, and a new works for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Ohio, USA). Recent Composer Portrait concerts have taken place in Houston, Chicago, London, Vienna, and Budapest. He is the Featured Composer at Ohio State’s Contemporary Music Festival this autumn where a number of his works will be performed during the week of 10 - 17 November.

Recent CDs include a collection of his keyboard and chamber works entitled “Southern Lament” [NMC label (UK) D118] winner of the International Piano Award: “Best New Piano Recording of 2006” and a forthcoming CD of his keyboard works played by Nicolai Swetly (Austria). In addition to his music activities Montague is also an active tennis player and the former Florida State JC Tennis Champion. His music is published by UMP (


sound FestivalAbout sound Festival

sound is driven by the passion to make new music more accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It embraces a network of local organisations to produce a varied programme of events exploring new music. The festival brings together a large range of different genres of music to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and encourage people to discover new sounds and widen their musical horizons.


Red Note EnsembleAbout Red Note Ensemble

Red Note is Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, dedicated to developing and performing contemporary music to the highest standards, and taking it out to audiences around and beyond Scotland.


Woodend BarnAbout Woodend Barn

Since the formation of Woodend Arts in 1994, Woodend Barn has grown into the leading multi-arts organisation in North East Scotland. It nurtures and celebrates creativity in all its forms, showcasing innovative, informative and entertaining artistic work all year round – allowing local audiences to benefit from high quality events without travelling for miles whilst also drawing audiences in from further afield.



The press says:


'[...]Three Fables by Stephen Montague, the sharp imagery of whose writing, coupled with Red Note Ensemble’s virtuosic delivery and actor Crawford Logan’s colourful narration, turned these humorous animal-based stories – including a hilarious tale of avenging midges – into intoxicating music theatre.' The Scotsman




Stephen Montague: Three FablesBBC Radio 3





The performance of 'Three Fables' was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 7 and 13 July 2014 and is available as a digital download in MP3 and FLAC formats here.



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