Kevin's music has been performed in Sweden, the Netherlands, and throughout the British Isles by groups such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Group of Scotland and has been broadcast on British and Dutch radio.
Kevin Mayo was born in Stirling, Scotland in 1964. He studied music at Edinburgh University gaining BMus.(Hons) and MMus in composition.
Kevin studied composition with Kenneth Leighton and Peter Nelson and subsequently completed his studies at the Royal College of Music in London, spending a further year studying composition with George Benjamin and improvisation with John Lambert
The orchestral work Daydreams in Darkness was first performed by the RSNO in the 1993 IBM Yong Composers competition. The 9-player work Walking a Möbius Strip was selected for performance in the International Gaudeamus Week of 1995 in The Netherlands and has received various subsequent performances.
Lots of little black dots for piano and Metropolis for 5 players were both performed in different years at the ECAT young composer's forum.
The wind orchestra piece Spectral, commissioned by ECAT, was selected by the international jury of the ISCM for performance at the ISCM World Music Week in Manchester 1998 and has received various other performances.
The chamber piece Music for Insomniacs was first performed at the 1996 BBC Proms by players of the BBC Symphony Orchestra who also gave the first performance of the large-scale orchestral work Entranced, subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3's 'Hear and Now'.
Most recently, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra commissioned The Kingmakers, which was toured by the SCO and has already received 6 performances.
- INSTUMENTAL WORKS
- Lots of Little Black Dots (1993) 25"
- Solo Piano,
First performed in 1996 in the Reid Hall, Edinburgh, by Peter Evans
- ....from the diaries of a serial killer (1993) 12"
- Solo Harp.
First performed in 1995 by Hugh Webb on Radio Scotland's The Score
- Dawning (1995) 15"
- Bb Clarinet and Piano
First performed in 1996 at the RSAMD, Glasgow, by Graeme McNaught and Lawrence Gill
- Orchestral Works
- Daydreams in Darkness (1993) 23"
- 2(picc).2(CA).2(BCl).2(CBsn).126.96.36.199 Percussion (3 players: Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel, Bass Drum, 2 Suspended Cymbals, Timpani).Strings(188.8.131.52.6)
First performed in 1993 in Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, conducted by David Davies
- Spectral (1996) 24"
- 3(picc).2.CA.2.2BCl.2 Soprano Saxophones.2.CBsn.184.108.40.206 Percussion (2 players: Tam-Tam, Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, 5 Temple Blocks, Sizzle Cymbal, Crotales).Piano
Commissioned by ECAT. First performed on 26th April at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, by the RNCM Wind Orchestra conducted by Baldur Brönnimann
- Entranced (1997) 18"
- 3.3(CA).3(BCl).3(CBsn).220.127.116.11 Percussion (2 players: Large un-tuned gong, Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Crotales).Harp.Piano/Celesta (1 player).Strings(18.104.22.168.8)
First performed on 12th December 1997 at the BBC Studios, Maida Vale, London by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins
- The Kingmakers (1999-2000) 12"
Commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
First performed on 16th June 2000 at Rothesay Pavilion by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Farnes
- Vocal Works
- The Treasure (1987) 18"
- Piano and Baritone
First performed in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, by Timothy Murray and Olle Persson
- Ensemble Works
- Nirvana for fourteen players (1987) 15"
- 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Percussion (2 players: Vibraphone, Marimba, 2 Large Suspended Cymbals, Tam-Tam) Piano 188.8.131.52
First performed in 1988 at The Royal College of Music, London, by the RCM 20th Century Ensemble conducted by Edwin Roxburgh
- Metropolis (440) for five players (1995) 12"
- Bb Clarinet, Percussion (2 players: Vibraphone, Marimba, 2 Large Suspended Cymbals), Piano, Cello
First performed in 1995 by the Chamber Group of Scotland in the Reid Hall, Edinburgh, conducted by Martyn Brabbins
- Walking a Möbius Strip for eleven players (1993-4) 18"
- 2 Oboes, 2 Bb Clarinets, Soprano Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Percussion (1 player: Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum, Tam-Tam) Piano, Cello, Double Bass
First performed in 1995 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, by the Gaudedamus Ensemble, conducted by Huub Kurstens, as part of the International Gaudeamus Week
- Music for Insomniacs for nine players (1996) 15"
- Flute(picc), Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Horn, Percussion (1 Player: Marimba, Sizzle Cymbal, Glockenspiel, Large Guiro, 1 Large Temple Block, Triangle, Vibraphone, 4 Cowbells, Bass Drum, 4 Crotales), Harp, Violin, Cello, Piano
First performed in 1996 in London at the Royal College of Music in a pre-prom event by players of the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Adès
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