The Night With… 2018 – Press Release

[press release 15 June 2018]




  • four programmes of interesting, predominantly contemporary music
  • performed in relaxed and informal (mostly pub) settings
  • superb musicians and award-winning composers
  • world premieres by three new-generation composers
  • call for scores
  • bite-sized sections to concerts
  • new takes on mainstream artists’ music
  • once a month from August to November
  • Glasgow, Edinburgh and first time in Aberdeen

Once a month from August to November, you can spend a different kind of night down the pub with music by some of our finest new-generation composers, performed by top instrumentalists and singers, all brought to you by composer, Matthew Whiteside in The Night With…

The idea is to hear interesting live music, discover new composers and hear things you didn’t know you might like in a completely informal setting. Concerts each have three very short sections of thirty minutes or less, with new music, old music done in a new way and mainstream artists’ music with a twist.

This is the third year The Night With… has run in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and for the first time this year, The Night With… visits Aberdeen.

There are four different programmes which include world premieres by Claire McCue, Peter Gregson and Matthew Whiteside. There will also be a premiere resulting from the Call For Scoreswhich invites composers anywhere in the world to submit a new work for the female vocal trio, Juice Vocal Ensemble. One piece will be selected from the submissions, workshopped then premiered in the final The Night With… in November.

Composer Matthew Whiteside curator and creator of The Night With… said, “I’m delighted we are able to present another season of The Night With….and I have had a lot of fun putting the programmes together to showcase some extraordinary composers and musicians. There’s such a mix of all kinds of music and influences in these programmes, that we can’t say it’s one particular genre or category. I prefer to say it’s all just ‘music’ so come and listen.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, said, “Scotland is a hot-house for stimulating, genre-bending new music being made by adventurous composers and performers. Over the past few years, The Night With… has brought the best of this work to new audiences in venues well away from the concert-hall circuit, opening eyes, ears and minds to what music can be. Creative Scotland is delighted to support a third season during which The Night With… will boldly expand its reach even further afield.

The first Night With… is Wooden Elephant, a string quintet led by violinist, Ian Anderson. Their programme includes Radiohead, and an acoustic version of Björk’s Homogenic for string quintet and a variety of surprising objects including wine glasses, tuning forks, steel, wood, kitchen foil and a kazoo. (8.00pm: 7 August Glasgow & 8 August Edinburgh (Part of The Fringe).

September brings James Turnbull’s programme for oboe, cor anglais and electronics. He plays three sets of works ranging from Telemann to Maxwell Davies, a world premiere by Peter Gregson, and a work based on whale song by Emily Doolittle. (8.00pm: 11 September Glasgow & 12 September Edinburgh)

Our first trip to Aberdeen is in October, part of the soundfestival, with a programme featuring clarinettist Joanna Nicholson and soprano Frances Cooper, Turning the Elements. This includes the second world premiere of the series, Matthew Whiteside’s new piece with words by Helen Grøn, and settings by Rebecca Rowe and Stuart Murray Mitchell of four poems by Scottish poets Jane McKie and Stewart Sanderson. (8.00pm: 8 October Glasgow; 9 October Edinburgh; 31 October Aberdeen)

The Night With… Juice Vocal Ensemble, a three-piece female a cappella group, who are at the forefront of the UK’s experimental/classical scene.  As well as the premiere of Glasgow composer, Claire McCue’s new work, we hear the resulting premiere of the piece selected from our Call For Scores, following Juice’s open workshop session earlier in the day. (8.00pm: 13 November, Glasgow & 14 November Edinburgh)

This is The Night With… started in 2016 and this is the third season.

Matthew has just been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2018 Sunday Herald Culture Awards in the Best Musical Artist category.


For additional press information please contact:
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£10 (£6 conc.) £30 city season ticket

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The Night With…Wooden Elephant String Quintet

Tuesday 7 August : 8.00pm, Hug & Pint, Glasgow

Wednesday 8 August: 8.00pm, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (Part of The Fringe)

Programme includes:
Björk: Homogenic arr. Ian Anderson

Radiohead: Kid A arr Ian Anderson

The Night With… James Turnbull Oboe and electronics

Tuesday 11 September: 8.00pm, Hug and Pint, Glasgow

Wednesday 12 September: 8.00pm, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Set #1: Telemann Fantasia in A minor, Berio Sequenza & John Casken Amethyst Deceiver

Set #2Tansy Davies Forgotten Game (2), Emily Doolittle Social Sounds for Whales at Night (Cor Anglais, Percussion and Tape), Maxwell Davies First Grace of Light & Ross Edward Ulpirra

Set #3: Henri Tomasi Evocations, Peter Gregson Three Questions (WORLD PREMIERE), Melinda Maxwell Pibroch 

The Night With… Turning the Elements

Joanna Nicholson (clarinet), Frances Cooper (soprano)

Monday 8 October: 8.00pm, Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh,

Tuesday 9 October: 8.00pm Hug and Pint, Glasgow

Wednesday 31 October: BrewDog Castlegate (part of the soundfestival), Aberdeen

Matthew Whiteside (music) / Helene Grøn (WORLD PREMIERE)

Rebecca Rowe & Stuart Murray Mitchell: Four settings of poems by Jane McKie and Stewart Sanderson

The Night With… Juice Vocal Ensemble

Tuesday 13 November: Composer workshop, Glasgow (venue/time tba)

Tuesday 13  November: 8.00pm, Hug and Pint, Glasgow

Wednesday 14 November: 8.00pm, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Claire McCue: new work WORLD PREMIERE

Mica Levi: Never Adore

Call for Scores new work: WORLD PREMIERE

Notes to editors:

Call for scores 

  • Deadline 3 September 2018
  • Workshop in Glasgow (venue tbc) 13 November 2018
  • Concerts 13 and 14 November in Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Works up to 10 minutes long for Juice Vocal Ensemble (2 x soprano, 1 x alto)
  • Anonymous submissions
  • Up to five works will be chosen for a workshop with Juice on 13 November in Glasgow (times and venue to be confirmed). One of the five works will be chosen to feature in The Night With… on 13 and 14 November 2018.
  • Composers should consult the ‘Guidelines on Writing for Juice’ document when composing their piece http://juicevocalensemble.net/guidelines-writing-juice/
  • Full details on how to submit a score at https://thenightwith.com/calls-for-scores/

The Night With… is supported by:
National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project fund
RVW Trust
Hope Scott Trust.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/ CreativeScotland