Begun in 2016 by composer Matthew Whiteside, The Night With… is a salon style series based in Glasgow presenting interesting classical music in intimate, informal venues.
‘I want people to experience and enjoy all music as music rather than have a separate series for new and old. In these concerts I’ve programmed a mix that will be in three short 15 to 30 minute sections giving the audience a chance to chat to the players, each other and any of the composers that are there. I want to develop this as a monthly series across the main cities in Scotland and commission new works’.
Since 2016 there has been 18 concerts with 14 world premières in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Performers have included Red Note Ensemble, Juice Vocal Trio, James Turnbull, Wooden Elephant, Joanna Nicholson, Frances Cooper and Carla Rees. Premièred composers have included Claire McCue, George Stevenson, Diana Salazar, Emily Doolittle, Timothy Cooper, Matthew Whiteside and Samuel Beagles.
2017 was the first The Night With… Call for Scores for self-defined emerging composers with no age limit. The scores were submitted and judged under a pseudonym, to prevent any bias, with five being selected for workshop and one being selected for première in the concerts. In 2017 the call for scores was for the Aurea Quartet (string quartet) and in 2018 for Juice Vocal Ensemble (female vocal trio).
In October 2018 The Night With… was founded as a Scottish Incorporated Organisation with a board consisting of Carol Main (chair), Andy Saunders (secretary), Matthew Whiteside (CEO & Artistic Director) and Nicholas Bone.