Jamie is one of the composers selected for our Opus 1 scheme for 2023. Here he takes the Opus 1 Q&A challenge.
How did you get into composing?
As a young boy, I’d sneak off to the village church to noodle on the organ and the broken harmonium.
What sort of music do you like to write?
At the moment, whatever was surprising or unexpected about the thing I last wrote!
What excites you most about being part of Opus 1?
The opportunity to work with some musicians from Britten Sinfonia over a nice stretch of time, though I’m also excited to listen to what the other participants can make up.
What 3 pieces of music would you have to have on your desert island?
Tina Turner – A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking Every Day)
Hector Berlioz – Harold en Italie
Aretha Franklin – Good to Me as I Am to You
What's your favourite snack?
Everything is lovely as long as there’s no rocket involved...
I am a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. I work to create an output that is eclectic, taking particular interest in microtonality, fixed media, pan-diatonicism and text. My music firmly seeks in and around ideas of place, drawing significant influence from my own agricultural history in the English West Midlands (where my family still work as dairy farmers). I have just finished a Master’s degree in composition, studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Before moving to Glasgow, I completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Leeds College in 2019.
Find out more at his website.