What's It All About?

sound is all about new music.

We invite you on a sonic adventure - discover new sounds and expect the unexpected!

We support composers to create - making new music is important to us.

We think the north-east of Scotland is an exciting and vibrant place to live and visit.

soundfestival 20th October - 6 November 2016

surroundsound events take place throughout the year

We organise the annual sound festival, recognised as Scotland’s Festival of New Music, as well as organising performances and workshops throughout the year.

We want to break down barriers to new music for our audiences, and we love to encourage cross art form excellence and experimentation, so we commission and produce new work, nurturing and supporting our local and Scottish talent, as well as artists from further afield.

All of this is made possible through partnerships and collaborations and we have around thirty local partners who help us in our task to commission, programme and deliver interesting new work during the festival and throughout the year. We also work nationally with other organisations and ensembles on joint projects and internationally we have contacts with many countries, specifically with organisations in France, Australia, Belgium, Germany and Canada.

events take place across the north-east of Scotland. You’ll find concerts in lighthouses, bothies, museums and churches as well as in concert halls and arts centres.

The beating heart of our organisation, the sound office, is at the Barn in Banchory - the north-east’s most exciting arts centre.

Here are a few things that others have said about us:

"sound continues to triumph, demonstrating that imaginative, cutting-edge yet accessible programming and inspired commissioning can produce radical results" Jane Robinson, The Scotsman, 24.11.2016

sound is a beacon of contemporary music daring. Furthermore it is an exemplar of how to set up an innovative festival that is firmly rooted in the local community” Susan Nickalls, Classical Music Magazine, December 2014

“For years now, sound has been the musical highlight of my year. It is so unusual to have a festival of exclusively contemporary music, allowing access to so many artists locally. My children participate (in their own home area without having to travel for hours!) in quality workshops led by musicians of expert calibre. There is so much for the local communities to be involved in...” Audience feedback, 2014 festival

“(sound’s) value lies as a playground, helping artists to try things out... and it gives those of us with more traditional ideas a whiff of the creative zeitgeist.” Andrew Clark, Financial Times 5.11.2012

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