About ECME

is the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble. Founded in 2006 by Jacob Spence, Alfredo Caponnetto and Shiori Usui, it has performed many orchestral works by composers at the threshold of their careers. The orchestra is assembled for each concert with a mixture of both established and younger performers.  The result is a world class orchestra who understand the importance of contemporary music.

The importance of contemporary music; music of our time, of our community and city, is self-evident. ECME fulfils the important role of providing a voice for our composers, especially with regard to performing their orchestral music

In 2016 however, we also for the first time provided a platform for new chamber music with a concert during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Further exploration of new aesthetics will take place in March 2017 with a new ECME Electric format providing a voice for our electro-acoustic composers.

ECME is privileged to have a long-standing association with its principal conductor, James Lowe, who has conducted every concert since the ensemble was founded.

“I’m delighted to have been involved with ECME since its inception. Every ECME project brings the thrill of discovery – Scotland is rich with composers, and it’s a privilege to help bring the notes to life”

James Lowe

ECME’s policy of recruiting both established performers and students also aids in the promotion of new music by exposing upcoming performance talent to new works.

“I was intrigued to find out about ECME and be invited to play a concert. As a full time mature music student, only recently finding my way around contemporary material, it was a marvelous opportunity – not only to experience a high standard of quality music making in a large ensemble, but also great to premiere superb new works from living (and present!) composers. James Lowe directs the rehearsals and performances with absolute precision and dedication to the music, making ECME the best orchestral experience I have had since coming to Scotland.”

Gaynor Barradell