Our countdown to #RCSPlug 2018 continues and today we catch up with Masters composer Henry McPherson. Having studied on the BMus course, Henry is no stranger to Plug and has premiered several new works at this festival before, including Åªhte– an opera that was filmed and performed by students from across the conservatoire. Henry continues his studies within the Composition department and, this year, sees his new work open the Plug Festival on 4 May with the Plug Preview with Decibel Ensemble.
What was the first piece of music you wrote?
The first piece of music I wrote was called “Uderns”, and was a piano piecewritten for a relative who was going away on holiday! I think I was about 7.
What’s your favourite memory of Plug?
On a personal level, working with the Ensemble Modern a couple of years ago was amazing. They’re a phenomenal ensemble, and the festival that year was absolutely fascinating from beginning to end.
Why do you think people should come to Plug?
To support new developments in music, toencourage the next generation of composers and their collaborators, andtosee fresh ideas from a diverse cohort of students from all backgrounds, and all ages.
Tell us something interesting about you.
When I was 12 I won a national robot designcompetition. My career path has changed a little since then…
What are you most looking forward to about Plug 2018?
I’m very excited to showcase the work of my ensemble Savage Parade, which has been producing devised work on the subject of queer identities in music for a number of years. It’s great that the conservatoire feels like an environment in which we can display work which quite frankly might not get programmed elsewhere.
Describe Plug in three words:
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