Montrose Composers’ Club is a group of like-minded composers based in East Kent who meet regularly to try out new ideas, perform their music and promote it to the wider world.
The MCC was founded in September 2015 and they convene at Montrose House in Folkestone, Kent. The Club comprises of local composers Aidan Shepherd, Ian Fleming, Matthew Brown, Anna Braithwaite (founder) and Phil Self, who all studied classical composition. Their eclectic careers have lent their writing flavours of folk, jazz, cabaret and electronics, allowing them to create genre-defying sounds for a modern audience.
Their first collective performance was entitled 'MCCI' and formed part of the 'Profound Sound' festival in Feb. '16. To find out more, please scroll down to the projects page.
Preparations have already begun for the club's second concert MCCII. It will be in the autumn this year at a secret location on Folkestone Harbour. If you would like to find out more please read our latest blog (below) and sign up to our mailing list at the bottom of this page. MCCII sees the group write for a string quartet formed especially for the event, voice, hand bells and a host of other instruments. Below, a sample from our latest meeting of a work-in-progress by Ian Flemming.
MCC member, Aidan Shepherd, launched a new album of his work with band Arlet entitled 'Big Red Sun' in March 2016. To purchase a copy of the beautiful limited edition cd or to catch them performing live, click here.
Please listen to a taster from the new album below.
The debut concert from the MCC on 12th February 2016 formed part of the 'Profound Sound' festival, a weekend of new music and sound art (co-curated by Folkestone Quarterhouse and Folkestone Fringe), which ran from 12th-14th February in Folkestone, Kent.
During this sold out event the five-strong collective premiered seven new pieces written and performed by the members and their special guests.
Images of MCCI by andrewaitchison.com
Click below to hear a works in progress by Aidan Shepherd and Matthew Brown which were premiered at MCCI.
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