2 nominations in the 2019 New Music Scotland Awards

I am honoured to have been nominated for 2 categories in the 2019 New Music Scotland Awards:

Large scale New Work (11+ performers) sponsored by PRS for Music

  • Helen Grime – Woven Space

  • David Fennessy - Triptych

  • Ailie Robertson – Caoineadh

The Good Spirits Co award for innovation in New Traditional Music

  • Niteworks

  • Ailie Robertson - Seven Sorrows

  • Grit Orchestra - Bothy Culture

Read more about all the nominations here:


New Lecturer Post at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

I am delighted to have been appointed as a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow from Nov 2018. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a national and international centre of excellence for performing arts education. They are consistently recognised as one of the world’s top 10 performing arts education institutions (QS World Rankings – 2016, 2017, 2018). This international ranking acknowledges the quality of the unique curriculum, the performance and educational opportunities made available to our students and the reputation of our conservatoire and our graduates around the globe.


Sound Composer in Residence

I'm absolutely delighted to announce that I've been appointed Composer-in-Residence at sound for the next 3 years. I look forward to building an inspiring relationship with them and the local musical community over the next three years, and am excited to have the opportunity to experiment, develop and create new works with their support.

“We are very pleased that Ailie will be our next Composer-in-Residence,” says soundDirector, Fiona Robertson. “She’s a composer rooted in traditional music who also has a burgeoning career in contemporary classical music. Her enthusiasm and dedication to introducing new audiences to new music is inspiring, and in alignment with our own aims.”

“We will now be working with Ailie to identify particular areas of work that she would like to be involved in during her time with sound as Composer-in-Residence,” she adds.


Read more at http://sound-scotland.co.uk/news/ailie-robertson-to-be-sounds-next-composer-in-residence


LPO Premiere - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

I'm excited that on July 9th, my new piece Caoineadh will be premiered by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir James MacMillan at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

The programme includes five world premieres:
Lillie Harris
Karol Nepelski
Laurence Osborn
Ailie Robertson
Neil Tòmas Smith

Sir James MacMillan conductor
LPO Foyle Future Firsts

Members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra brings together some of the UK’s most talented young musicians and composers for an evening exploring the common thread of Gregorian chant through a thousand years of music.

World premieres of new orchestral works from the LPO’s Young Composers, each based on a different chant melody, are woven into a programme that delves into the history of Gregorian chant music, presented by the joint forces of the LPO Foyle Future Firsts, accomplished young chamber choir echo, and LPO players under the baton of Sir James MacMillan.

Join us as the sacred and secular, choral and instrumental, and old and new all find a common language at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. 


Composer of the Year Nomination

VOTE for Ailie in the Scottish Trad Music Awards!

Some rather exciting news that I've been shortlisted for 'Composer of the Year' at this years Scots Trad Music awards!!

It's a public vote now, and I'm up against a cast of very talented composers but if you'd like to cast your vote for yours truly, I would be humbled and delighted!

This can be from anywhere in the world and all you need to do is click the link below.
Thank you  :-) X


London Philharmonic Orchestra

I'm thrilled to have been chosen for the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Leverhume Young Composer Scheme 17/18, along with 4 other wonderful composers. It's an extraordinary opportunity to get to write for the orchestra, with mentoring from James MacMillan, and to have a work premiered at the Southbank Centre in London next summer! Very exciting times!!!



The Secret North

I've just finished a dream 2 weeks of creating and performing new music with a project called The Secret North. The idea is one that myself and Donald Grant had a few years ago, to bring together composer/performers from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia for a week long residency, to co-create new music, followed by a tour round Scotland. Here's a wee teaser video we made before the tour - more to come soon!