Contemporary classical music for voice, instruments, ensembles and orchestra.

Welcome to Martin Gaughan's website.

Martin's music has been described as dark, mysterious and passionate; it is both new and contemporary, disturbing and beautiful. His prize-winning poetry is nocturnal, violet and crimson, honest and profound. Feel free to check out his music and poetry.

Latest News

Performance of a selection of 'Songs to the Moon' - PureGold Festival 2014 - 7pm Tuesday 17th June at Deptford Town Hall

Sunday 25th May 2014
Dilara Aydin-Corbett premières new works by Goldsmiths Composers: Neil March, Martin Gaughan and Hywel Jones. Also being performed is an improvisation and a piece by Russian composer, Schnittke.

Neil and Hywel's pieces will feature the use of pre-recorded urban sounds and live electronics (sourced from the acoustic in the Council Chamber and the traffic surrounding the hall itself) alongside the piano. The Schnittke and the selection of Martin's miniature pieces offer an intimate listening experience, both works evoking a sense of stillness (Martin's Haiku in their brevity and Schnittke in it's minimal/pointillist nature).

This concert is the second part of "New Music Day", in conjunction with another concert in Deptford Town Hall at 3pm, featuring more student works by: Milena Mateus, Rodrigo Camacho and Sara Rodrigues.

More information will be available soon in the form of downloadable programmes for the day, with details on pieces, composers, performers and more!

PROGRAMME:

Neil MARCH:
Snapshots (Piano and Electronics)
(2014)

Alfred SCHNITTKE:
1st movement (Lento), from Piano Sonata No. 1
(1987).

Martin GAUGHAN:
A selection from Songs to the Moon (12 Haiku for Solo Piano)
(2011)


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Dilara AYDIN-CORBETT:
Improvisation (Solo)

Hywel JONES:
Jacob's Ladder (Piano and Electronics
(2014)

Another performance of Sorrow Stay

Sunday 16th March 2014

Sorrow Stay for soprano and baroque ensemble was performed on Thursday 13th March 2014 at the Lovekyn Chapel, Kingston Grammar School, Kingston.

http://www.kingstonarts.co.uk/html/fov_2014.html

http://www.lokimusic.co.uk/

Small Pieces for a Toy Piano

Sunday 16th March 2014
I was delighted that Dr Xenia Pestova was able to perform 'Echoes' and 'Shimmering' as part of a concert in the 2014 Cluster Festival on Saturday 8th March. For more information about Xenia Pestova click here.

Première & recording of 'Lacerated' by Red Note Ensemble

Sunday 16th March 2014
On Monday 3rd March 2014 Red Ensemble premièred 'Lacerated' for two 'cellos and synthesizer (with metallic percussion) as part of Noisy Nights #27.

Performers were:
Robert Irvine - 'cello
Duncan Strachan - 'cello
Simon Smith - synthesizer

You will find a recording below:

Performance of Hidden Music

Sunday 16th March 2014

Jennifer Bennett performed extracts from Hidden Music on 2nd March 2014 in Glastonbury with psychedelic/medieval rock band Circulus.

Click here to visit Jennifer Bennett's web site

Performance of 'Sorrow Stay'

Friday 27th December 2013
Geraldine McGreevy (soprano) and Christopher Gould (piano) will be performing 'Sorrow Stay' in a Songbook2014 recital as part of Luton Music Club's current season on Monday 20th January 2014 at 7.45pm - Luton Library Theatre. Click here to view the Luton Music Club - 2013-2014 season flyer

There is a thread from the heart - new recording

Monday 25th November 2013
Listen to this beautiful new recording of 'There is a thread from the heart', performed by Jennifer Bennett (voice and flute).

New Recording

Friday 1st November 2013
There is a new recording of 'Her Sad Infamy Sings' for tenor recorder on Soundcloud, performed by Sylvia Hinz

New recordings

Saturday 11th May 2013
New recording available on Soundcloud:

'White Roses, Dragons and Vikings'
for bass trombone, electric guitar and drumkit

Premiered by Red Note Ensemble at Noisy Nights #24 
29th May 2013
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

John Kenny - bass trombone
Malcolm MacFarlane - electric guitar 
Phil Hague - drumkit
John Harris - conductor

New Recordings

Saturday 11th May 2013
New recording now available on Soundcloud:

'Fanfares for the Loch Ness Monster'
for trumpet, flute and 'cello

premiered by Red Note Ensemble at Noisy Nights #21
Monday 25th February 2013

Ruth Morley - Flute
Mark O'Keeffe - Trumpet
Robert Irvine - 'Cello
John Harris - Conductor

New Recordings

Saturday 11th May 2013
New recording now available on Soundcloud:

'Orpheus Weeps'
for bassoon, violin and 'cello

premiered by Red Note Ensemble at Noisy Nights
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
October 2012

Jackie Shave - violin
Robert Irvine - 'cello
Sarah Burnett - bassoon
John Harris - conductor


New Recordings

Saturday 11th May 2013

New recording now available on Soundcloud:

'The Woman' 
for violin, 'cello & free bass accordion (plus sound file)

premiered by Red Note Ensemble at Noisy Nights 
Monday 28th May 2012

Jackie Shave - violin
Robert Irvine - 'cello
Andreas Borregaard - free bass accordion

New recording of 'Lines of Leaving' for mezzo soprano and piano on Soundcloud

Friday 23rd November 2012
New recording of 'Lines of Leaving' for mezzo soprano and piano, on Soundcloud, performed by Siobhan Mooney and Dominic Saunders at a concert in Schott's Music Shop on Saturday 17th November 2012

German premiere of 'night pieces for solo violin'

Friday 23rd November 2012
Night Pieces (for solo violin) will receive their German premiere:

concert @ studio neue musik: traum, getrennt

8pm 1st December 2012

konzerthaus berlin/ musikclub
gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany

Positive reviews for 'Orpheus Weeps'

Tuesday 9th October 2012
'A short but compelling and well-crafted piece of music'
The 'whole room silent and transfixed for Martin Gaughan's piece played by Red Note Ensemble - beautiful!'

Premiere at Noisy Nights.

Tuesday 9th October 2012
'Orpheus Weeps' for violin, 'cello and bassoon, received it's premiere on 8th October by Red Note Ensemble at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. 

MMus in Composition

Tuesday 9th October 2012
Martin has begun an MMus in composition at Goldsmith's in London

UK Premiere of Immortal Beloved

Sunday 12th August 2012
Immortal Beloved for treble/tenor recorders and piano will receive it's UK premiere on Friday 26th October at Bolívar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL. The performer will be Sylvia Hinz (recorders) and Cordula Heiland (piano).

Premiere with Red Note Ensemble - Noisy Nights - New music in 4/4

Saturday 11th August 2012
Martin's new piece for violin, 'cello and free-bass accordion 'The Woman' was premiered as part of Red Note Ensemble's 'Noisy Nights' at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on Monday 28th May 2012.

New premiere 'Miniature London Symphony by Night'

Monday 5th March 2012
Martin's new work for chamber orchestra 'Miniature London Symphony by Night', will be premiered in Tampa, Florida by the Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra on 6th May 2012, conducted by Stephen P. Brown.

Click here for more information.

New recording from Red Note Ensemble - Blood Moon Dances for violin, 'cello and harmonium

Monday 5th March 2012
Blood Moon Dances by martingaughan

Premiered by Red Note Ensemble at Noisy Nights 16, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on 12th December 2011.

Violin: Jackie Shave
‘Cello: Robert Irvine
Harmonium: Simon Smith
Conductor: John Harris

New recording from Red Note Ensemble - Silent Singer for electric violin, electric 'cello & electric guitar

Monday 5th March 2012
Silent Singer by martingaughan

Premiered by Red Note Ensemble at Noisy Nights 14, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on 6th June 2011.

Electric Violin: Tony Moffat
Electric ‘Cello: Su-A Lee
Electric Guitar: Malcolm MacFarlane
Conductor / tape op: John Harris

New Premiere - Blood Moon Dances for violin, 'cello and harmonium - Red Note Ensemble

Thursday 8th December 2011
Martin's new piece for violin, 'cello and harmonium 'Blood Moon Dances' will be premiered next week as part of Red Note Ensemble's 'Noisy Nights'.
Noisy Nights is fun, free and your chance to listen to (and compose for!) some of the best musicians in Scotland. Noisy Nights is a place to meet music-lovers, curious minds, musicians, composers and artists in an informal space where you can hear some of the best examples of brand new music while having a beer. All sorts of music are welcomed here - as are all sorts of listeners.

What is the 10 Minute Composing Challenge? It's your chance to write an "instant piece" and get it played on the night. During the interval we will hand out manuscript paper for you to write your own piece in 10 minutes - and at the end of the interval we'll select the one we think is best and perform it there and then. Instant music!

Monday 12th December, 2011
Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge Street Edinburgh EH1 2ED
United Kingdom
0131 228 1404
http://www.traverse.co.uk/



Recording of 'Immortal Beloved' for treble (dbl. tenor) recorder and piano available now!

Sunday 13th November 2011
Recording of 'Immortal Beloved' performed by Sylvia Hinz (recorders) and Cordula Heiland (piano) on 12th November 2011 at Konzertsaal Zellestrasse, Berlin, Germany available to listen to here: http://soundcloud.com/martingaughan/sets/immortal-beloved-for-treble/

Immortal Beloved premiere in Germany.

Wednesday 5th October 2011
Immortal Beloved for treble/tenor recorders and piano will be premiered on Saturday 12th November at 4pm at Konzertshaal Zellestrasse, Zellestrasse 12, Berlin-Friedrichshain. The performers will be Sylvia Hinz (recorder) and Cordula Heiland (piano).

'Crimson' premiere at the Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2011

Monday 22nd August 2011
If you didn't see Martin's 6 Word Opera 'Crimson' at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2011, now's your chance. Many thanks to all involved and to Tête à Tête for making this video!! Enjoy! 
'Crimson' by Martin Gaughan, performed by Natalie Raybould (soprano), John Savournin (baritone), James Young (piano) and The Warehouse Ensemble at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2011.

More poems....

Tuesday 9th August 2011
We've just uploaded a lot of poems to the website. Click on 'poetry' above to find out more!

'Crimson' premiere at the Tête à Tête Festival

Saturday 6th August 2011

Martin's first operatic miniature 'Crimson' will be premiered by Six-Word Operas at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival on 11th & 12th August. Visit Tête à Tête Opera Festival for more information.

New Recording on Soundcloud

Sunday 15th May 2011
A wonderful new recording of Martin's preludes 'Songs to the Moon', performed by John-Paul Gandy is now available to listen to here: 


  Songs to the Moon ~ 12 Haiku for solo piano by martingaughan

New Recording on SoundCloud

Saturday 30th April 2011
A recording made by Mary Reid (harp) and David Massey (mandolin) of Martin's 'Black Roses' for harp and mandolin can be heard here:

  Black Roses by martingaughan

New Recordings on Soundcloud

Friday 29th April 2011
'Beloved' for treble recorder, harpsichord and baroque cello.

Premiered by Red Note Ensemble at Noisy Night 13, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on 21st March 2011.

Recorder: Francesca Thompson 
Harpsichord: Simon Smith 
Baroque ‘cello: Eilidh Martin 
Conductor: John Harris

  Beloved by martingaughan

'Flowers of this painful world' (friends pictured within) Electronic version of a chamber orchestra piece. 
The four movements are 'portraits' of three former work colleagues and myself, with our manager making a guest appearance. A nod to Elgar, perhaps.
  Flowers of this Painful World (friends pictured within) by martingaughan

New Recording on Soundcloud

Friday 18th March 2011
A recording of excerpts of Martin's song cycle 'Who Whispered Near Me (The Blue Hour)' is now available to listen to here, with Rachel Hynes (soprano) and Kelvin Lim (piano).
  Who Whispered Near Me (The Blue Hour) by martingaughan

Premiere of 'beloved' for recorder, harpsichord and baroque cello

Wednesday 16th March 2011
Martin's new piece for recorder, harpsichord and baroque cello will be premiered next week as part of Red Note Ensemble's 'Noisy Nights'.

Noisy Nights is fun, free and your chance to listen to (and compose for!) some of the best musicians in Scotland. Noisy Nights is a place to meet music-lovers, curious minds, musicians, composers and artists in an informal space where you can hear some of the best examples of brand new music while having a beer. All sorts of music are welcomed here - as are all sorts of listeners.

The instruments for this Noisy Night will be Harpsichord, Baroque ‘cello and recorder. New music submitted by composers from around the world responding to our Call for Scores, a couple of very old Scottish premieres, and the winner of the night’s 10-minute Composing Challenge will be performed.

What is the 10 Minute Composing Challenge? It's your chance to write an "instant piece" and get it played on the night. During the interval we will hand out manuscript paper for you to write your own piece in 10 minutes - and at the end of the interval we'll select the one we think is best and perform it there and then. Instant music!

Monday 21st March, 8pm.
Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge Street Edinburgh EH1 2ED
United Kingdom 
0131 228 1404
http://www.traverse.co.uk/

Red Note Ensemble:

Francesca Thompson: Recorders
Simon Smith: Harpsichord
Eilidh Martin: Baroque Cello
John Harris: Conductor 



New Recording...

Friday 11th March 2011
Why not listen to Martin's first book of piano preludes, Under the Sorrowful Moon ~ 12 pieces for solo piano?    under the sorrowful moon ~ 12 pieces for solo piano by martingaughan

Premiere of 'Black Roses' for Harp & Mandolin

Friday 11th March 2011
Black Roses 'Black Roses' for harp and mandolin will be premiered by Mary Reid (harp) as part of the Student Recital Series in the Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT on Tuesday 15th March at 5.05pm. Admission is free.
For more information, visit http://www.ram.ac.uk/events?event_id=582

New recording on Soundcloud

Monday 7th March 2011
A 2006 recording of Martin's dramatic scena 'Sorrow Stay' is now available to listen to below, with Heidi Pegler (soprano) and Stuart Wild (piano)   Sorrow Stay (1991) by martingaughan

New Recording on Soundcloud

Monday 28th February 2011
A recording of Martin's song cycle 'River of Stars' is now available to listen to here with Louise Mott (mezzo soprano) and Kelvin Lim (piano)   River of Stars (Tangled Hair) by martingaughan

Song Cycle Premieres - Sunday 20th February 2011

Thursday 13th January 2011
Martin's song cycles Who Whispered Near Me (The Blue Hour) and River of Stars will be performed by Rachel Hynes (soprano) and Louise Mott (mezzo soprano) with pianist Kelvin Lim at The Schott Music Shop, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB on Sunday 20th February at 4pm. Tickets (£10 to include a glass of wine) are limited, so please book soon, on 020 7292 6090.

poetry competition successes!

Sunday 19th December 2010
'Laying Next To You' and 'Breathless' have been chosen to be published in two Poetry Rivals anthologies.
Martin Gaughan - Composer