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Musica Scotica 2019: 800 years of Scottish Music

Musica Scotica's Fourteenth Annual Conference

Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th 2019

The Tolbooth
Jail Wynd
Stirling, FK8 1DE
Scotland, UK

The Annual Conference of The Musica Scotica Trust will take place at the Tolbooth, Stirling on Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th 2019. The conference organisers welcome papers on all aspects of the music of Scotland and the Scottish diaspora. In 2019, as a particular theme, we will celebrate the 60th birthday of the composer James MacMillan, who will be present at the conference. The conference will also feature a performance of MacMillan's music.

The concert programme includes MacMillan's From Galloway, The Blacksmith and Intercession, performed by students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Adam Lee, Lea Shaw, Laura Hundert, Richard Scholfield, John Anthony Craig and Conor Burgess), and his Piano Sonata, played by Anne Robertson. The Scottish Voices ensemble will perform 16th-century Scottish music by Robert Carver and music by contemporary Scottish composers, including Alistair McDonald, John Gormley and Graham Hair.

The Brochure (with abstracts etc) for the 2019 conference (PDF version) is available here.

Registration for the conference is now open at

Please register by 31st March 2019: "EARLYBIRD" REGISTRATION ENDS ON SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019

After Sunday, March 31, 2019, late charges will apply (charges, both earlybird and late, are amongst the details listed on the Eventbrite site).

The Tolbooth has a laptop available but there is a hire charge. So if possible, speakers should bring their laptops. Professor Hair will bring his laptop, which others may use. It's a Linux machine, but most of the common PC programs seem to work on it. Any Mac users will need to bring their own dongle to connect to the projector. Professor McGregor will also bring his Mac. Audio files are best embedded, but if just bringing a data stick it would be wise to include a folder with the audio files on the stick. The audio connection to the projector is via VGA, but there is a VGA to HDMI adaptor. Any other questions: call Rab Buchanan on 01786 274015.

Musica Scotica is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC031930.