Music in the University
Date: Thursday 09 February 2023
Time: 13:10 - 14:00
Venue: University Memorial Chapel
Category: Concerts and music, Public lectures, Social events, Academic events, Student events, Alumni events, Open days and visits
Website: www.glasgow.ac.uk/concerts

This performance will be held in the University Memorial Chapel due to emergency building works in the Concert Hall. You can access the Chapel from the quads (corner containing the silver sculpture), or via the steps from Professor Square. We cannot open the doors until 1.00pm, please come as close to the concert starting time (1.10pm) as possible.



Ruth Morley: Flute
Laura Bowler: Composer / Soprano

Gaia is the Greek Mother Earth goddess. Gaia is an innovative touring programme of new works by female UK composers for voice and flute, performed by Ruth Morley (flute) and Laura Bowler (composer/soprano).

Ruth Morley is an extraordinary flute player, leading Red Note ensemble and is in demand as a soloist and chamber player; regularly heard in broadcast and recording. A passionate educator, Ruth lectures at the RCS and has coached many students in to professional careers.

Laura Bowler, described as “a triple threat composer-performer-provocatrice” (The Arts Desk) is a composer, vocalist and Artistic Director specialising in theatre, multi-disciplinary work and opera. She has been commissioned across the globe by ensembles and orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, ROH2, Opera Holland Park, The Opera Group, Manchester Camerata, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Quatuor Bozzini (Canada), Ensemble Phace (Austria), Ensemble Linea (France) and Omega Ensemble (Australia). In 2022 she was announced as a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists. 

The programme includes:

Laura Bowler: wicked problems

Carmel Smickersgill: More

Deirdre McKay: Postcards from a fragile planet

About the programme

Wicked Problems sets text from Timothy Morton’s Dark Ecology. The flute and voice find themselves entangled in loops, gasping for air and incessantly thrown forward into the uncertainly interminable. Many thanks to Timothy Morton for his permission to set this extract of text. 

Carmel Smickersgill's More explores the relationship between a dependent and the person or thing on which they depend. 

A devastating human and economic cost. In the words of the United Nations’ Environment chief, Inger Andersen, 'Nature is sending us a message’. Deirdre McKay's Postcards from a fragile planet responds to the current climate emergency. 

Co-commissioned by sound, New Music Dublin, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Northern College of Music and Kings Place. Supported by PRS Foundation’s Beyond Borders. University of Glasgow thanks the artists, and Fiona Robertson, Director of sound for their generosity and partnership in bringing this tour to us today.

This concert takes place at the Concert Hall, in the Main Building at the University of Glasgow. It is on the same level as the cloisters. Follow signs for the Hunterian Museum, and take the stairs, or the lift to '2'. There is a lift and accessible toilets next to the Concert Hall.

This concert is FREE and unticketed. We recommend arriving at around 12.45pm when doors open to secure your seat. The performance is from 1.10pm - 2.00pm.

This concert will be livestreamed. If you would like to watch from afar, please sign up here for the link.

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