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Who says there are never enough hours in the day?!

After an extensive and exciting application process, which included the recent recruitment of five of Scotland’s top chamber ensembles, the countdown towards the third and final Scottish Music Centre Composition Marathon has officially begun!

On Saturday 8 March ten of Scotland’s finest emerging and established composers will be paired with one ensemble each and set the invigorating challenge of composing a new work for professional première in less than twenty-four hours. The process then culminates in a live performance beginning at 3pm on Sunday 9 March at The Arches, Glasgow.

Scottish Music Centre - Composition Marathon - Feb14-Ad1Since launching in 2011, the project has served as a unique showcase platform which has generated subsequent opportunities and partnerships for all participants. To date, several of the works produced have been developed and expanded into the musicians’ core repertoire, with countless performances programmed both at home and abroad. Others have been submitted to and won notable competitions and accolades along the way and many, if not all, have served as an innovative launch pad for future collaborations and commissions.

Three years on, the success of the Scottish Music Centre Composition Marathon continues to surpass all of our expectations. Although this project has laid the foundations, if it wasn’t for the driving and determined talent of all our participants we would have never reached the finish line. By the end of the project we will have staged no less than thirty world premieres written and performed by 78 artists – who says there are never enough hours in the day?! – Christopher Glasgow, Scottish Music Centre

Tickets (£12/£10) are on sale now, so be sure to book quick and avoid disappointment @ 0141 565 1000 or

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