The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a leading supporter of living composers and new music, premiered and recorded Hellawell’s Dogs and Wolves in their new home, City Halls, Glasgow.
Chamber Music 2000 is a project to commission and perform a large number of works for piano and strings suitable for playing by young and amateur musicians (including three Hellawell pieces).
The celebrated Swedish trumpeter was the main motivation for Hellawell’s double concerto Cors de chasse, which was premiered and toured in the UK between 2004 and 2006.
The Hilliard Ensemble has collaborated with Piers Hellawell on a number of projects since 1993, including The Hilliard Songbook, which they recorded for ECM and have performed around the world.
Principal trumpet in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Mark O’Keeffe is a specialist in modern trumpet repertoire who was trumpet soloist in the CD recording of Hellawell’s Cors de chasse in 2007.
The French conductor Pierre-André Valade, who is especially admired for his performances of modern repertoire, conducted the recordings of two Hellawell works for CD with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
The Manchester-based specialist new music ensemble Psappha commissioned and premiered Hellawell’s Sound Carvings from the Ice Wall in 1994, since when they have collaborated on numerous occasions.
The piano and strings ensemble has commissioned two Hellawell works, The Building of Curves (1998) and Weaver of Grass (2003), which it recorded for CD in 2007.
This leading Swedish ensemble premiered Hellawell’s Sound Carvings from the Bell Foundry at festivals in Ireland and Norway in 2006.
The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet has toured and recorded both Hellawell’s works for quartet. The Vanbrugh co-founded the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 1996.
The leading international publisher Peters Edition Ltd. acquired Piers Hellawell’s catalogue in 2007. Peters Edition has companies in London, New York and Frankfurt.
Piers Hellawell has taught composition and many other aspects of musical study at the Queen’s University of Belfast since 1981; since 2002 he has been the Professor of Composition.
From 2000 to 2002 Piers Hellawell was Gresham Professor of Music, giving a lecture series of nearly twenty presentations in the City of London that involved both speech and live music performance (see link under ‘Writings’).
The Contemporary Music Centre offers support at many levels to composers working in the island of Ireland; their website is a beacon of information on new music in Ireland.
This Edinburgh-based CD company issues a huge range of contemporary, early and Scottish materials. The disc 'Airs, Waters' was issued by Delphian to critical acclaim in May 2012.