The Scottish Arts Trust is promoting a series of concerts of contemporary music, by Scottish and other important contemporary British composers.


Charlie Scott, chair of the Scottish Arts Trust, says “We are concerned that existing classical music concerts in Edinburgh, and elsewhere in Scotland do not include much contemporary work. Works by Scottish, and some British, composers are largely overlooked. Only occasionally are new pieces given a first broadcast performance by the BBC and may never be heard again.”

The Trust’s concert series aims to provide a platform for works by composers covering a wide contemporary spectrum, especially those with a connection to Scotland, who may not otherwise be given the chance of public performances. The concerts are generally held in the intimate setting of the Scottish Arts Club although we hope to present these works in larger venues as demand rises.

OUR nexT Presentation

It’s our great pleasure to welcome back Sarah Watts, playing ten pieces of contemporary classical music on her range of clarinets. Sunday 17th November at 3pm is the date for your diary. £15 entry, with students getting in for a third of that.

Sarah Watts

Sarah Watts

Sara is an award winning British bass clarinetist who has gained an international reputation for her work. Her performances on both clarinet and bass clarinet as a soloist and chamber musician have led to numerous CD releases and invitations to perform all over the world.

Sarah is passionate about teaching and in addition to being the visiting teacher of solo bass clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music, she hosts and tutors several courses for adult amateur musicians in the UK and France.

A keen researcher, Sarah is an expert in multi-phonics for bass clarinet and has published a leading resource on this subject.

Sarah is a Selmer Artist, a Vandoren U.K. Artist and a Silverstein pro artist.

OUR LAST Presentation

CHICK LYALL and ROB HALL, returned with a programme of contemporary jazz on saxophones and piano, on Sunday 22 September, 2019.

Chick Lyall graduated from  Glasgow University after studying piano with  Gusztav Fenyo and composition under Lyell Cresswell. Active as a pianist and composer in both Jazz and Classical music, he has written for and performed with the  SCO,  McFall's Chamber,  RSNO,  ECAT Red Note Ensemble and theScottish National Jazz Orchestra. 

He has toured and recorded with both U.K. and Scandinavian musicians and has ongoing projects with Sax/Clarinetist, Rob Hall [with whom he has released a fifth album] as well as working with the experimental Electro-acoustic duo of  Green Room. He also received Creative Scotland Award in 2004 to compose and perform music with the Scottish classical pianist Steven Osbourne.
Chick teaches piano at St. Mary's Music School.     

Award winning clarinettist, saxophonist and composer Rob Hall has forged a highly individual path in contemporary music consistently producing engaging, expressive and exploratory work that straddles genres.


MARCH 2015: Chick Lyall [piano] and Rob Hall [saxophone] presented a programme of contemporary jazz compositions by Chick Lyall.

JUNE 2016: Kevin McKenzie [guitar], Tom Lyne [double bass] and Chick Lyall [piano] played a programme of contemporary jazz featuring several compositions by Chick Lyall.

JUNE 2017: Musical Miscellany No. 1 featured Feargus Hetherington [violin] and Lliam Paterson [piano]. Feargus has played in the USA and in the RSA; in Poland he recorded a CD of Scottish classical music. The music performed was by John McLeod, Eddie McGuire, Iain Matheson, Rory Boyle, James MacMillan and Gareth Williams.

NOVEMBER 2017: Musical Miscellany No. 2 returned to jazz with Chick Lyall [piano] and Phil Bancroft [saxophone]. Chick has been active as a pianist and composer in both Jazz and Classical Music. He has written for and performed with the SCO, McFall's Chamber, RSNO, ECAT, Red Note Ensemble and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

JUNE 2018: Our third Musical Miscellany included Mark Spalding [pianist] who offered a piano recital of music by several contemporary composers, including Thea Musgrave and John McLeod.

NOVEMBER 2018: Musical Miscellany No.4 was more contemporary jazz, with a programme featuring John Kenny (trombone) and Chick Lyall (piano.)

MARCH 2019: Musical Miscellany No 5 featured bass clarinettist Sarah Watts and pianist Antony Clare. The world premiere of Nevis by Clare featured alongside works by George Nicholson, William Sweeney, Piers Hellawell, lain Matheson, Lyell Cresswell and Harrison Birtwistle