Composition Workshop Series with Hamish Napier

in partnership with SC&T Youth and Aberdeen University

This opportunity is open to all students aged 16 - 26 with some previous experience of playing an instrument or singing. No prior composition experience is necessary! 

Dates & Times:

  • Thursday 6th October 2022, 7pm - 8:30pm on Zoom

  • Thursday 20th October 2022, 7pm - 8:30pm on Zoom

  • Thursday 3rd November 2022, 12pm onwards at MacRobert Building, Aberdeen University, King St, Aberdeen AB24 3FX. Includes a 4hr in person workshop, refreshments and an evening concert.


Workshop 1:
Hamish will introduce you to his compositional approach and his unique take on the modes and harmony of Scottish music.  You’ll start collectively writing a new tune together with Hamish, as he steers your ideas and suggestions towards a finished tune (and chord sequence).  He introduce you to composition tools such as hand written scribbles, capturing ideas on your smartphone voicememo app, transcribing recordings in Sibelius notation software and using his 'Napier’s Modes’ infographic sheet. The discussions in the workshop will give you more of an idea about what you might compose yourself - and help you to make decisions (the main challenge of the composition process). 

Workshop 2:
Having started your composition (a tune or a song), Hamish will take a look at your rough sketches, recordings and ideas, and help you to form them into something more complete. This will be a great opportunity for giving and receiving valuable feedback. You’ll gain a huge insight into your piece through hearing about the trials and discoveries of your fellow composers.

Workshop 3 and Concert:
All the composers come together in person to ready their pieces for performance later that evening. It’s all about simplifying, simplifying and simplifying at this late stage!


How to sign up to the SC&T Youth Workshops

Please email youth@scottishculture.org if you have any questions

  • Enrol in the Workshop Course (you will be asked to create a Thinkific account if you haven't used thinkific before - keep these login details somewhere safe)

  • Start the course and complete the registration questions to book your place.

  • Complete the registration form, download the information document and you're ready to go!

What's on in September - December 2022

Day

Event/ Activity

Online/ F2F

Who for?

Time

Further info

30th August

Term 1 - Weekly Group (11wks)

F2F

All

6:30pm - 8:30pm

10 week term in person at Aberdeen Uni. 3 classes running from 6:30-8pm - Beginner tutor - Kirsty Campbell, Intermediate tutor - Laura Harrington, Adv tutor, Sharon Hassan

19th Sept

SC&T Student Ceilidh with UOA Folk in Trad Society

F2F

Students

7pm - 10pm

A social ceilidh in partnership with UOA Folk in Trad Society at the King's Pavillion for students to socialise and enjoy some music and dancing

21st Sept

WayWORD Festival - https://www.waywordfestival.com/songwriting-workshop

F2F

All

10:30am - 12pm

Songwriting workshop with Cameron Nixon and with Chamber Music Scotland.

25th Sept

WayWORD Gaelic workshop - https://www.waywordfestival.com/gaelic-song-workshop

F2F

All

10:30am - 12pm

Gaelic Singing workshop with Eva Brownlie.

26th Sept

SC&T Adult Evening Classes start

F2F and Online option

Students

Mon and Tues Evening, 7pm-9pm

Find out more - https://www.scottishculture.org/classes-and-workshops/

6th Oct

Aberdeen Uni Composition Workshop 1 (Online)

O

Students

7pm-8:30pm

Partnering with Aberdeen Uni, Hamish Napier will lead 3 composition workshops. 2 online and 1 in person. Focus is on the young people writing their own tune, arranging and then performing.

20th Oct

Aberdeen Uni Composition Workshop 2 (Online)

O

Students

7pm-8:30pm

As above

3rd Nov

Aberdeen Uni Composition Workshop 3 (In person) & Evening Concert

F2F

Students

4 hr workshop plus evening Concert

Cumulation of the work created as part of the composition workshops. Performance will be part of Aberdeen Uni's concert series.

29th Nov

Scots Song Singing Workshop 1 (Online) with Elphinstone Institute

O

Secondary & Students

7pm-8:30pm

Series of singing workshops with local Nort East singer and Elphinstone Institute Director, Dr. Tom McKean. An academic focus as well as musical.

6th Dec

Scots Song Singing Workshop 2 (Online) with Elphinstone Institute

O

Secondary & Students

7pm-8:30pm

As above

15th Dec

Scots Song Singing Workshop 3 (In person) with Elphinstone Institute

F2F

Secondary & Students

7pm-8:30pm

As above

Dec TBC

End of Term Concert performances

F2F

All

2pm - 4pm

End of Term Concert for the weekly group.

Dec TBC

SC&T Student Christmas Ceilidh and Session

F2F

Students

7pm-10pm

A social event for students to make music, dance, socialise and form friendships.



FAQ's

  • How do I sign up to the SC&T Youth Workshops?

    1. Sign up for your course. If you've not used Thinkific before, you'll be asked to create a new account - keep those login details somewhere safe. 2. Start your course to complete Registration & Download the Information Document - Keep this somewhere safe too! 3. Get EXCITED

  • How much does the SC&T Youth Workshops Cost?

    FREE If you feel you would like to give a small donation to SC&T Youth so we can continue providing these fantastic opportunities, you can do so by copying and pasting the link or click on the Donate to SC&T Youth at the bottom of the page : https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=6UKYHGRXAFUEQ&source=url

  • I'd like to find out more about what is involved in a class?

    Email youth@scottishculture.org with any specific questions.

  • Why does my course have lots of lessons?

    There are currently 3 Welcome and Registration lessons to complete before the start of the workshop. And more lessons for each week of term. More will be added as the term goes on by your tutor.

  • I've already taken part in the SC&T Youth workshops before, can I take part again?

    Yes, absolutely! Our tutors will be teaching new material each workshop.

  • I have another question?

    Let us know any questions or queries by emailing youth@scottishculture.org or drop us a message on our facebook page @SC&TYouth

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