Graham Weir has taught at the university since 2001. His areas of specialism include songwriting, performance techniques, music technology, quality enhancement and programme development. He is also the Academic Lead for Quality within the School of Arts and Creative Industries.
Prior to entering academia Graham had a high-profile career as a member of the internationally successful group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), touring, performing and broadcasting all over the world, playing guitar, keyboards, and horns. He co-composed a range of tracks for the band including one of their biggest hits Forever Live and Die, and received several platinum and gold discs.
As a session horn player, Graham has recorded and appeared with artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Wet Wet Wet, Jack Bruce, Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, Liberty X, Kate Rusby, Hue and Cry, The Mull Historical Society and the London Sinfonietta.
Graham has served as adviser, validator and writer for Music education programmes at school, college and university levels in Great Britain, the United States, Hong Kong and Southern Africa. He works annually in Malawi, directing the education programme at Lake of Stars, one of the best-known global music festivals.
Drawing on his experience in the events industry, Graham works closely with the university’s BA Festival and Events Management programme, initiating and coordinating events featuring artists such as Robert Plant, Graham Coxon, Karine Polwart and Bernard Butler. He has worked with the British Council in Lagos, Nigeria, training professionals in the field of festivals and events, and exploring ways in which the events sector in West Africa can be enhanced and further developed.
Graham holds an MMus with Distinction in Composition from Bath Spa University, a Licentiate Diploma in Performance from Trinity College of Music, London, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Moray House College in Edinburgh.
A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Graham is external examiner at The Campus of Performing Arts in South Africa and at the University of Chichester.
Graham is currently collaborating with the author Alexander McCall Smith as composer and lyricist on the musical of the best-selling No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels.
You can read more about Graham’s time with OMD in this interview from the GermanManoeuvres fan site.