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Alastair White

Alastair White is a Scottish composer and writer. Described as “spellbinding” (Boulezian), “beautiful” (730 Review), “virtuosic” (Winnipeg Free Press), “deftly manic” (American Record Guide) and “passionately atonal” (Gramophone), his work is characterised by a lyrical complexity which draws influence from fashion, machines, cosmological descriptions, radical politics and materialist philosophy. Recent projects include the operas WEAR and ROBE (to be released by Métier Records, Winter ’20), and a string quartet for the Altius Quartet’s album Quadrants Vol. 3 (out now on Navona Records). Shortlisted for a Scottish Award for New Music twice (in 2019 and 2020) and a Creative Edinburgh Award (2019), his music has been supported by Help Musicians UK, the Hinrichsen Foundation, the Goldsmiths Graduate Fund and Music Research Committee. He is currently undertaking a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London with Roger Redgate and Lauren Redhead.


To hurry about in search of something, to take a short walk, to hike. “Send out horses, skir the country round.” (Shakespeare, Macbeth.)from the Dictionary of Newfoundland English (University of Toronto Press, 1982).

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