Rylan is a classically trained composer and vocalist working now in experimental and divergent fields. Under moniker All Men Unto Me, he explores Anglican aesthetics and doom metal influences, drawing on the timbres of his late-breaking voice. His work has been praised as ‘haunting’ by The Herald, ‘dripping with spectral dread’ by SNACK Magazine, and ‘rapturous’ by The Scotsman, who named him ‘One to Watch’ 2021, describing him as ‘one of the brightest lights in Scotland’s new music scene’.
Scott Walker’s The Drift, reimagined by Oliver Vibrans for Paraorchestra and Pulled By Magnets, was Rylan’s most recent solo vocal exploration, recorded at Abbey Road Studios under the baton of Charles Hazlewood and premiered on Sky Arts. Rylan returned to Abbey Road for mastering by Alex Wharton of upcoming album In Chemical Transit, All Men Unto Me’s debut release.
Rylan is also a member of JACK Studio, Ashenspire, and The Musician’s Company, where he was awarded the Silver Medal 2020. He serves on the ABRSM Music Education Advisory Committee, the Board of New Music Scotland, and as a Trustee for Paraorchestra. He is currently on Sound and Music’s New Voices Programme, and is one of Paraorchestra’s Musicians in Residence 2022, after completing the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Composers Programme. He is working as an Embedded Musician with Chamber Music Scotland in the East of Scotland.
Rylan’s work has been commissioned and performed by leading UK musicians and ensembles such as Red Note Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, Shadwell Opera, CRIPtic Festival, soundfestival, DaDaFest, Nevis Ensemble, Drake Music Scotland, Psappha Ensemble, National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, The Night With…, and The Cumnock Tryst. Internationally, Forecast Platform, Crossing Borders Music, Momenta Dance Company, newEar Chamber Ensemble, and No Divide KC have featured his music. His work Walrus (with text by Elizabeth Foster) was published in NewMusic Shelf’s Anthology of New Music for Trans and Nonbinary voices, Vol. 1, curated by Aiden Feltkamp.
He holds a Master of Music degree with tuition from Linda Buckley from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 2021, where he graduated with The Craig Armstrong Prize, and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Composition Prize, and was supported by The Kenneth Barrett Scholarship from the RCS Trust, a Dewar Arts Award, and The Glasgow Educational and Marshall Trust. He completed his Bachelor of Music Degree with David Fennessy, graduating with First Class Honours, The Dinah and Walter Wolfe Memorial Award, and The Kimie Composition Prize in 2019, following his training as a mezzo-soprano at Chetham’s School of Music.