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Monday, 8th August 2016


- Short Commissions Programme

I'm offering to compose short, 3-4 minute works for solo, duo or trio.

Cost is £100 per instrument.

Here's the rules:

It can be for absolutely ANY instrument(s). Seriously - ANY.

There will be a limited number of commissions I can take on before I either have too much to do or the quality would suffer from exhausting the idea.

The works will, in some way, have a link to aviation but the subject matter within this can be extremely varied.

I'm happy to compose for almost any context and if you already have a programme in mind I can take this into consideration too.

What do you get:

A 3 - 4 minute work for instrumentation of your choice.

Digital scores and parts (if applicable).

A printed copy of the score/parts.

A MIDI recording.

Non-exclusive copyright for the purposes of performing the work (you can print as many copies as you need for your own use).

Dedication to you, the commissioner.

I'll also come to rehearsals/concerts. I'll even talk if you want me to.

These would suit professional, amateur or private musicians. If you do not play an instrument you can still commission and receive a digital recording.

What do I get:

My bills paid and food in my fridge.

The chance to compose short works and explore new things.

The opportunity to attempt to combine my love of music and commercial aviation.

Are you any good?:

Decide for yourself -

How do I do this?:

Drop me a message or an email at



Born in Glasgow, Richard Greer studied composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Dr. Gordon McPherson and Rory Boyle. In his second year he was runner up for the Dinah Wolfe Memorial Prize. He graduated in 2010 with a BMus (1st class honours) winning the Patron's Prize for composition and joint winner of the inaugural Craig Armstrong Prize. In 2012 he graduated with a masters in composition made possible by the two generous scholarships from Student Award Agency for Scotland and the Conservatoire.

During the six years at the Conservatoire a large number of works were played in the annual PLUG Festivals, the Brechin Art Festival and most recently at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Richard's works have been performed by Andrew Connell-Smith, Claire Thompson, Eve Kennedy, Julliette Philogene, Davur Juul Magnussen, Sean Shibe, MusicLab, Said Ensemble, Trio Tritone, The Da Vinci Trio, Anthenaeum Winds, The Viridian Quartet, Red Note Ensemble, The Astrid Quartet, The Glasgow New Music Expedition, RCS Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Ensemble Modern.

Most recently he has completed a 35-minute String Quartet 'Forgiveness and The Fear of Forever', 'The Last Waltz' for two pianos, premiered at 'The Piano' by The Glasgow New Music Expedition in November 2015, a solo work for percussionist Glynn Forrest and a collaboration with video artist and director Rhona Muhlebach. Upcoming projects include a new work for Guitar and Cello commissioned by Guitarist Kevin Cahill, a solo work for pianist and conductor Kerem Hassan, new music for the Brodick Quartet and Mezzo-soprano Emilie Renard and his ongoing work as Artistic Director of GNME. His work 'Sober Observer Sees (HD)' will be workshoped by attendees at Ensemble Modern's Klangspuren this September in Schwaz, Austria.