Harpist and composer Phamie Gow , rapidly becoming recognised as one of Scotland brightest composing talents, has been commissioned by Copyright Administration Services Limited to compose a major work for the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.” The Edinburgh Suite” will be recorded at Londons’ Metropolis Studios in February and will be released in the early Summer.
The RSDG have had 2 number one albums via Universal in the last three years but this is the first time that Pipe and Drums have been called on to perform a serious work.
Phamie Gow ( www.phamiegow.simonpetermedia.com) recently played to 40,000 people in China, and has played at the Carnegie Hall in America as well as many other major venues.
Brigadier David Allfrey – who commanded the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards over the period 2000 – 2002 and recently selected to be the next Chief Executive and Producer of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – is quoted as saying: “We are all delighted that Tim Hollier and CAS are supporting the project. We worked together on a previous album ’Parallel Tracks’ which was a great success.
The Regiment has always sought to be true to the traditions of piping while looking to innovate and bring our music to ever wider audiences. This new partnership builds on friendships formed over a good few years and is producing some wonderful new material.
For some, the 33-string celtic harp and the Great Highland Bagpipe will appear as the ’beauty and the beast’ when they come together but we are thrilled at the richness and texture starting to show in the preliminary recordings. We are hugely excited as the final arrangements take shape. We are due in studios in February and will be well supported by a strong production team, brought together by CAS.”
CEO of CAS, Tim Hollier is quoted as saying that the “role of a music publisher has changed so much that we are often no more than bankers and collecting agencies, however in commissioning and creating new works, be they film scores, songs or serious works, as we have done, and by commissioning Phamie continues to underlines that the creative commissioning publisher still has a major role to play “