Ken Dempster

Ken Dempster

Mr. Ken Dempster

Lecturer T&R

Biography

Kenneth is Composer in Residence and Lecturer in Music, teaching composition, orchestration, ensemble performance. He also conducts the Edinburgh Napier Chamber Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble..

Kenneth was born and educated in Edinburgh. He began his musical training at Edinburgh Napier University before going on to study composition, conducting, and piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Whilst at the RAM he was awarded many prizes for his compositions, as well as a variety of scholarships, which enabled him to travel to the United States to study at Yale University. During his time at Yale he studied with many eminent composers including Jacob Druckman, Martin Bresnick, Louis Andriessen, Earle Brown and Frederic Rzewski.

On returning to Britain, he studied with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and James MacMillan on the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Course for Young Composers. Since then he has received commissions from a wide variety of ensembles and music promoters such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Emperor Quartet, St Magnus Festival, Mr McFall’s Chamber, Scottish Flute Trio, Edinburgh Quartet, SOUND Festival, Scottish Chamber Choir, and the Hebrides Ensemble.

In recent years works have been commissioned from him to celebrate the 70th birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the 40th anniversary of the Scottish Chamber Choir, and to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Orcadian writer, George Mackay Brown. His music has gained recognition and attracted awards including the Cornelius Cardew Composition Prize and a Creative Scotland Award. He leads a wide variety of education, community and performance projects including recent collaborations with organisations including NYOS: Futures, University of Salford and Lung Ha’s Theatre Company.

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A Night at Stobs

Exhibition / Performance
Schwan, A., Davie, I., Frayn, A., Martin, S., & Dempster, K. A Night at Stobs. [Music and Theatre Performance]. 18 June 2018 - 22 June 2018. (Unpublished)

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Schwan, A., Davie, I., Frayn, A., Martin, S., & Dempster, K. A Night at Stobs. [Music and Theatre Performance]. 18 June 2018 - 22 June 2018. (Unpublished
An evening of music and comedy, based on material found at Stobs Camp, a First World War internment camp in the Scottish Borders. Performances at Chalmers Church, Edinburgh (...

Two Hearts Beating

Other
Dempster, K. (2017)
Two Hearts Beating
Grassmarket Community Project • Composition: Two Hearts Beating for soprano and guitar. • Performance 1: Grassmarket Community Project during Edinburgh Doors Open Day ...

Distant Voices

Other
Dempster, K. (2016)
Distant Voices
Distant Voices - A unique multi-disciplinary performance, in which live musicians in Edinburgh connect, via video-link technology, with dancers on stage in Liverpool and Flori...

The Hold

Other
Dempster, K. (2014)
The Hold
The Hold – a site-specific, promenade performance, staged at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, the result of a collaboration between Lung Ha’s Theat...

Clarinet and String Quartet.

Exhibition / Performance
Beeston, M., Bailey, M., Burrin, P., Mutter, C., & Dempster, K. (2006)
Clarinet and String Quartet. Performed at Edinburgh. 10 June 2006 - 10 June 2006
No abstract available.

Six feet of blood.

Exhibition / Performance
Dempster, K. (2005)
Six feet of blood. 1 April 2005 - 1 April 2005

Six feet of blood.

Other
Dempster, K. (2005)
Six feet of blood
The work is based on the poem, 'So many make one' by Norman MacCaig. The poem expresses the development, as well as the passing, of the many different stages in our lives; and...

Peer Gynt.

Other
Dempster, K. (2004)
Peer Gynt

Seven fans for Alma Mahler.

Other
Dempster, K. (2002)
Seven fans for Alma Mahler
"Seven Fans for Alma Mahler" is based on the tumultuous love affair between Oskar Kokoschka and Gustav Mahler's widow, and on the seven beautiful fans he painted for her throu...

The Cold Dancer.

Other
Dempster, K. (2004)
The Cold Dancer
The work’s starting-point and source of inspiration is the poem, A Reel of Seven Fishermen by the Orcadian poet, George Mackay Brown and the music is structured closely around...

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