Scottish Composer John McLeod has Died, Aged 88

(Picture courtesy: The Herald Scotland)


Born in 1934 in Aberdeen, Scotland, John McLeod CBE wrote music for a number of mediums together with movie and tv. In 1970, he primarily based himself in Edinburgh. 

He first studied clarinet at London’s Royal Academy of Music (RAM) with Jack Brymer, Reginald Kell, and Gervase de Peyer. He later switched to composition with Sir Lennox Berkeley and was additionally mentored by Polish composer Witold Lutosławski.

McLeod’s many accolades embody the Guinness Prize for British composers, a RAM Fellowship, and Ivors Academy’s Gold Badge. His CBE title was awarded as a part of the Queen’s birthday honors in 2016 and he obtained an honorary doctorate in music from the College of Aberdeen in 2019. 

His music has been performed internationally together with by the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hallé, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO), Royal Scottish Nationwide Orchestra (RSNO), plus soloists and ensembles throughout Poland, Germany, and the U.S. He has additionally been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Basic FM, BBC TV, and Channel 4.



McLeod’s success in his later years notably included the London premiere of his work, The Solar Dances on the 2014 BBC Proms carried out by the BBC SSO underneath conductor Donald Runnicles, which was adopted by his Out of the Silence – a Scottish Chamber Orchestra fee carried out by Joseph Swensen

“John was captivated with life and about music and that’s mirrored in his colourful and difficult orchestral, vocal and instrumental works which had been commissioned, carried out and recorded by main orchestras and soloists all through the world,” his web site administrator wrote.

“We’re saddened to listen to of the dying of Scottish composer, John McLeod,” RSNO tweeted. “John had a protracted affiliation with the RSNO – most not too long ago recording with us for the 2018 launch of Out of the Silence. We had been lucky to have the ability to work with such an distinctive expertise. RIP John.”

Our condolences to Mr. McLeod’s household, associates, and colleagues.




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