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PLUG 2011

posted 1 Apr 2011, 08:45 by Nikola Kyosev   [ updated 28 Sept 2011, 16:32 ]
“…..Scotland's most ambitious and daring new music project .” – The Herald
PLUG started off from a discontentment with the official model for Academy Now, the Academy’s original official contemporary music festival. Composers here had gradually become bored programming the accepted canon of what we accept as contemporary music in this country and were increasingly discontent with what seemed the irrelevance of much of this repertoire to the students performing it.
As a result first instincts were to concentrate on composers that are relatively ignored by most of the performing organisations in the UK – composers such as Ingram Marshall, Claude Vivier, Henry Brant, and Jani Christou.
As well as this unusual repertoire it was becoming increasingly clear, as the Composition Department grew, that some of the interesting music around was coming from our own composers.
The leap of faith of PLUG was to give them a platform to solely display their works. So the remit for PLUG was to show only new work – all fresh of the page and showing the cutting edge of where our composers are in any given year..