Scottish Ensemble commissioned artist Jyll Bradley to work in collaboration with composer Anna Clyne and violist Jane Atkins.
Born: Folkestone, UK 1966. Lives and works in London.
Jyll Bradley’s installations, films, drawings and sculptures bring together the formal vigour of Minimalism with a highly personal exploration of identity and place. Light is an important protagonist in her practice, and she talks of using it to ‘bring things into the present’. Her work often combines craftsperson-ship with industrial fabrication through dynamic pairings of materials from different art histories or traditions – for instance fluorescent Edge-Lit Plexiglas with re-purposed timber.
Bradley’s work often engages with site and the creation of new spaces. Her acclaimed public realm commissions – including Green/Light (for M.R.) for The Folkestone Triennial and Dutch/Light for Turner Contemporary – reference generative structures such as hop gardens and glasshouses, expressing what she sees as the practical, spiritual and emotional work involved in growing a sense of self, place or community. Bradley’s works have increasingly become sites of activity such as performance and, over 2021, this is further developed through the creation of a new suite of films which explore their ‘world’ and ecology. These innovations reflect Bradley’s interest in sculpture as a potent gathering place of people and ideas.
Jyll Bradley studied at Goldsmiths College (1985–88) and The Slade (1991–93). Since the early 1990s she has exhibited in the UK and internationally including: The British Art Show, Hayward Gallery, London (1990); Museo De Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia (2004); Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China (2004); Arnolfini, Bristol, (2005); the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2008); Newlyn Art Gallery (The Exchange), Penzance (2010); the Bluecoat, Liverpool (2011); The National Library of Australia (2013); The Drawing Room, London (2015, 2017, 2019, 2021); New Art Centre, Roche Court (2017); Sculpture in the City, London (2018, 2019, 2020). Her forthcoming exhibitions include a solo presentation at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in 2021.
Bradley’s work is held in numerous national and international private and public collections including the Government Art Collection, UK; Folkestone Art Works, UK, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; the National Library of Australia and Canberra Museum and Art Gallery.
London-born Anna Clyne is a GRAMMY-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” in a New York Times profile and “fearless” by NPR, Clyne’s work often includes collaborations with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians.
Upcoming premieres include Stride, a new work for string orchestra inspired by Beethoven’s Sonata Pathétique for the Australian Composers Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Orchestra and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; Color Field a new work inspired by the artwork of Mark Rothko for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and Overflow, a new work for wind ensemble inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson, for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This fall sees the release of Clyne’s Mythologies, a portrait album featuring the works Masquerade, This Midnight Hour, The Seamstress, Night Ferry, and <<rewind<<, recorded live by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with soloists Jennifer Koh and Irene Buckley and conductors Marin Alsop, Sakari Oramo, Andrew Litton, and André de Ridder.
Other recent premieres include Sound and Fury performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Pekka Kuusisto in Edinburgh; Breathing Statues, a new string quartet for the Calidore String Quartet; Shorthand for solo cello and string quintet premiered by The Knights at Caramoor in New York; her Rumi-inspired cello concerto, DANCE, premiered with Inbal Segev at the 2019 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, led by Cristian Măcelaru; and Restless Oceans with the Taki Concordia Orchestra and Marin Alsop at the Opening Ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Clyne served as composer-in-residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, and Berkeley Symphony. Clyne currently serves as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Associate Composer through the 2021-2022 season, with a series of works commissioned over three years, and as the mentor composer for Orchestra of St Luke’s DeGaetano Composer Institute.
Her music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes. boosey.com/clyne
As a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, Jane Atkins is one of Britain’s most diverse and versatile violists, with performances encompassing multiple genres ranging from Baroque to Contemporary music, Dance to Jazz. Passionate about expanding the viola repertoire Jane has commissioned and performed many works by eminent composers including John McLeod, John Woolwich, Diana Burrell, Ib Norholm and Andrew Toovey. Her contemporary recordings include Woolrich’s Ulyssees Awakes, Burrell’s Concerto – “Calling, Leaping, Crying, Dancing” and Tavenor’s Out of the Night for Viola and Tenor. Jane has also recorded both the Telemann and reconstructed Bach concertos and Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel.
Attending the Yehudi Menuhin School from the age of six and completing her studies with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Jane won the LPO/ Pioneer Young Soloist of the Year and gained second prize in the Lionel Tertis competition before graduating. Since her solo debut performance of the Walton concerto with Kurt Sanderling and the London Philharmonic, Jane has appeared as a soloist throughout the UK and Europe with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, the Dutch and Danish Radio Orchestras and both the City of London and Northern Sinfonias. As a recitalist she has performed in many British Festivals including Harrogate, SpitalYields, Newbury, Cheltenham, East Neuk and Edinburgh.
Early on in her career, Jane honed her craft as an orchestral and chamber musician in the role of Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, whilst continuing to Ylourish as a soloist and recitalist. As Principal Viola with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jane collaborated with Joseph Svenson and the Scottish composer John McLeod to deliver a vigorous performance of his viola concerto, Nordic Fire. With Robin Ticciati, Jane gave critically acclaimed performances of Martinu’s Rhapsody Concerto and Kurtag’s Movement. She also teamed up with Oliver Knussen in Britten’s Lachrymae and with Alexander Janiczek for several performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Other collaborations included Ives and Brahms with Llyr Williams and Auerbach’s Sogno di Stabat Mater with Hugo Ticciati.
Jane is a member of the Scottish Ensemble, a group of string players who celebrate musical diversity and champion collaborations with complimentary art forms. Performances such as “Goldberg Variations- ternary patterns for insomnia“, and more recently, “We Are In Time” see the Ensemble exploring music, dance and theatre whilst nudging the players to incorporate new disciplines into their repertoire, including singing, acting, movement and memorisation.