Composer Rebecca Rowe is passionate about bringing contemporary music to new audiences in a way that is exciting, challenging, yet meaningful and accessible. She is interested in presenting music in new ways, and in new spaces, particularly interdisciplinary projects involving musicians, artists, film-makers and writers.
Rebecca has composed soundtracks for animated films and theatre productions, and has worked collaboratively with directors and poets in setting their images and words to music.
Commissions, performances and CD releases include: The Dunedin Consort, Cappella Nova, The Hilliard Ensemble, CHROMA ensemble, recorder virtuoso John Turner, contemporary ensemble ONE VOICE, Northern College Aberdeen, singer Steven Griffin, and The Allegri String Quartet.
Rebecca is a cellist and pianist, and studied at Hull University, then Edinburgh University. She holds a MMus from Edinburgh degree in Composition, having studied with Nigel Osborne. Rebecca is a founder member of The Squair Mile Consort of Viols, and is a former Artistic Director and conductor of Edinburgh University Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Known also as a skilled conductor and interpreter of contemporary music, she has conducted chamber orchestras, contemporary music ensembles and large choirs, ranging from children’s school choirs through to University ensembles.
Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 3 and The World Service. Films Rebecca scored have been broadcast on STV and BBC1.
She was awarded The English Poetry and Song Society Prize, for the 1994 work No Sad Songs.
In 2005 Rebecca was invited to be a panel-member at StAnza, (St. Andrews’ Poetry Festival) where she took part in an illuminating debate on Words and Music.
Rebecca’s collaborative project ‘Three Pieces for Soprano and Clarinet’, for Frances Cooper and Joanna Nicholson, included texts commissioned from prominent Scottish poets. It premiered at Aberdeen’s SOUND Festival in 2015 and will be performed at the upcoming innovative series ‘The Night With…’
Her new work, ‘About The Cauldron Sing’, a setting of the witches’ scenes from Macbeth will première in March 2019.
© Rebecca Rowe 2018