North East New Music Ensemble

The North East New Music Ensemble (also known as Any Enemy) was set up in 2018 on the initiative of Guera Maunder and Lesley Wilson who after years of involvement with sound wanted to establish a local contemporary music ensemble.

This mixed ensemble is made up of local musicians in NE Scotland and conducted by Pete Stollery from the University of Aberdeen's Music department. They meet monthly throughout the year and rehearse a wide range of new music for flexible instrumentation. They gave their inaugural performance at soundfestival 2018 performing works by Gavin Bryars, Howard Skempton and Colin Riley as well as two specifically commissioned new works by Gemma McGregor and Rose Dodd.

"Any Enemy is a group of enthusiastic and accomplished musicians who are enjoying the challenges; musically, technically and intellectually in exploring new music."

"Opening our own "ears" and of those around us to sounds they might not have previously encountered is very rewarding."

Photo by Colin Black Photography

Musical Director

Pete Stollery studied composition with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham and was one of the first members of BEAST in the early 1980s. Following a number of years as a school teacher in Kent, he moved to Aberdeen to work in teacher education at the former Northern College which later merged with the University of Aberdeen. From 2000, he was part of the team which re-introduced music programmes at the University of Aberdeen, including the introduction of doctoral programmes in Composition and the development of the electroacoustic music studios. He was Head of the Department of Music for many years and he now works there part-time as Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music.

Banner image by Colin Black Photography