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 second collective performance entitled 'MCCII' is at 4pm on 2nd Oct. 2016 at the Waiting Room on Folkestone Harbour Arm. See below for details.
SAVE THE DATE: The MCC are delighted to have been asked to curate an evening of new music at Free Range in Canterbury on Feb. 2nd. Watch this space for details. The Clubs' third concert (MCCIII) will be part of the Folkestone Profound Sound festival on 3rd Feb. 2017.
Preparations have already begun for the club's second concert MCCII. It will be at:
MCCII sees the group writing for string quartet, voice, hand bells and a host of other instruments. This informal performance is part of the Folkestone Fun Palace festival and will include a chance for the audience to perform with the MCC and improvise some new music. As with all Fun Palace events, entrance is FREE.
Warning this is a very small venue so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Drinks and food available on the harbor arm.
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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