Biography

Aran is an English composer from the Lake District. He recently graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Professor Rory Boyle and Dr Gordon McPherson. Since coming to Glasgow he has worked with a variety of performers and artists including Mieko Kanno, Red Note Ensemble, the ECME, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London-based director Jack Lynch, Ensemble Modern and through Leeds Lieder, poet Ian Harker. He was involved in the pilot project Inclusive Creativity and his work ‘Gameshow Format’, a collaboration with Drake Music Scotland incorporating different technologies alongside acoustic instruments into a combined ensemble, lead to him being awarded the Kimie Composition Prize, through Live Music Now, to create a new work to be performed in inclusive environments. The resulting piece, ‘Cardboard Creations’, was premiered as part of the St Magnus Festival in 2016 and is regularly performed by Sirocco Winds. Selected as the ‘Adopt a Composer’ Scottish pairing through Making Music, Creative Scotland and Sound and Music, he collaborated with the Strathendrick Singers throughout  to create a new work, ‘a quiet life’, which was performed and recorded by BBC Radio 3 in March 2017. He is currently scoring a collection of documentaries alongside Toronto-based visual artist Tong Lam, whom he previously collaborated with on ‘Weight of History’, among other projects.