Life is just Suite for Phamie

Phamie looks out onto the Tattoo after her successful first night performance.
Phamie looks out onto the Tattoo after her successful first night performance.

It’s been a busy summer for Westruther musician Phamie Gow.

Not content with composing, recording and co-producing a new album she has also performed at the opening of this year’s Edinburgh Military Tattoo and at an open air concert in Italy.

Phamie’s latest body of work, rather aptly called ‘The Edinburgh Suite’, features the talents of The Royal Scot Dragoon Guards, who’ve had two hit albums in the last three years, one of them winning a Classical Brit Award for Album of the Year.

The project is the first time they’ve been called on to perform a piece of serious contemporary work. The pipers and drummers are tank and cavalry soldiers who have honed their skills on Challenger Tanks whilst upholding a real proficiency as top class musicians.

Brigadier David Allfrey, who commanded the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards from 2000-2002, and has recently been selected to be the next chief and executive producer of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, enthused: “The Regiment has always sought to be true to the traditions of piping while looking to innovate and bring our music to wider audiences.

“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.”

‘The Edinburgh Suite’ also features the London Metropolitan Orchestra, who have provided the soundtrack to films such as ‘The Young Victoria’ and ‘Stardust’, and of course Phamie herself as a piano soloist and harpist.

It was recorded on the hallowed ground of London’s famous Metropolis Studios where artists such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stone , U2, Elton John and Led Zeppelin have all recorded and is to be released in 2012 and distributed under the Universal Global label.

As well as writing material for ‘The Edinburgh Suite’, Phamie also co-produced it along with fellow Scot Steve McLauchlin, known for his outstanding reputation as a film music producer for numerous Holywood movies.

In the composition Phamie has written for a wide range of orchestral instruments including 23 violins, five violas, four celli, two double basses and a brass section of two French horns, two trumpets, tenor trombone and bass trombone.

Woodwind involved were flute, oboe, clarinet which were accompanied by acoustic and electric guitars. The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards complete the sound of 40 instruments.

‘The Edinburgh Suite’ was given its first public airing when an extract entitled ‘Sunrise’ was premiered on Friday, August 5, in the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle before invited guests for the official opening of this year’s Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo.

After speeches were given by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Major General David Shaw, Governor of Edinburgh Castle and Brigadier David Allfrey, Phamie began the performance with the electric harp and was joined in turn by The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland (woodwind, brass and drums), The Apollo String Quartet, and the pipes of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

As soon as she came off stage Phamie was escorted through the Esplanade with the invited guests, audience on either side, to the VIP Suite area to enjoy the first night of The Tattoo this year.

Early the next morning Phamie flew to Naples where she met up with her band for an open air concert in a spectacular setting amongst surrounding mountains.

Her stay inSItaly was a brief one however as she returned to Scotland the next day to work on compositional ideas for her latest commission for a theatrical production in Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum.

To keep track of what jetsetting Phamie is up to visit www.phamiegow.com.