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June 19, 2015

Preparing to go and workshop some new material with Scottish violin-cello duo High Heels and Horse Hair, the first advice they sent was, naturally, about footwear: leave the high heels at home and bring walking boots, as we’ll be working in an ecobuild bothy above Loch...

June 11, 2015

In advance of our residency at the Big Shed on Tombreck Farm Judith has written to us about the sketches she has created.

 

One of the ideas behind this programme is that 'nocturnal creatures generally have highly developed senses of hearing...and eyesight'. The music...

September 9, 2014

Having always had a penchant for the sinister, I was immediately attracted to the subject matter for my TRANSPLANTED miniature. Fungi have a certain reputation (largely undeserved) as belonging to the dark side of nature: they grow in shady, damp locations away from vi...

August 23, 2014

Not in fact a plant, but a lichen. I saw some of these little beauties when I took shelter next to a damp rock on a wet, sullen winter’s day in the Affric Hills.  Now I’m quite fascinated by lichens, which seem to surround us in their huge variety wherever the air is c...

August 17, 2014

Having not lived near the Scottish countryside for many moons, I asked Sonia and Alice to nominate a plant for my composition. I’m so glad I asked them. They found me a species which is so exciting that it deserves its own three-act opera.

 

Sundew (Drosera) is found nea...

August 5, 2014

My favourite place is the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow. My mind and eyes are refreshed after a visit to the flowers and plants there. No clover there, however. I would associate that more with my early childhood summers on my uncle's farmland in Dorset. So, in imagining...

July 13, 2014

 

Born and brought up in the Shetland Islands, Chris Stout has, over the last few years, become nationally and internationally recognised as one of the most exciting and dynamic fiddle players and composers of his generation.

 

Whether as a solo artist, a member of Fiddle...

July 4, 2014

It took me quite a while to find the right plant to take as the starting point for my contribution to the Transplanted project. I needed to find something with which I could make an emotional as well as a purely intellectual or aesthetical connection. I had been thinki...

June 18, 2014

For this new composition for violin and cello, inspired by James Oswald’s Airs of the Seasons, my chosen flower is Heartsease (Viola tricolor). As I read about this plant, I was fascinated in its cultural history and rich assortment of common names. I noticed that in t...

May 28, 2014

We first met David Ward when we performed one of his duos for Huntly based chamber music club Music Centeral. The concert repertorie was inspired by the the education work of local composer and teacher Ronald Center from which the club draws it's name. We look forward...

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