22 October - 9 November
The 2015 programme was as usual wide-ranging. The first weekend of the festival concentrated on various cross-art form works. The second weekend focused on modern contemporary classical music with performances by the renowned pianist Ian Pace and Ensemble Alternance from France.
Our partnership with French festival Musiques Démesurées wwas celebrated through a focus on the organ. As well as Roger Williams’ regular exploration of compositions for organ and electronics, Kevin Bowyer joined the festival to première a new work by composer Jean-Luc Guionnet.
The Australian Griffyn Ensemble featured alongside our Associate Ensemble Red Note in a joint concert launching the festival, exploring the night skies of both southern and northern hemispheres. It was preceded by a new work for community choir by Aberdeen-based composer Phillip Cooke.
To conclude the festival we were delighted to welcome Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong, who commissioned ten new works to partner each of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas. This was a unique opportunity to hear the whole cycle, performed side-by-side in five different venues.
Add to all this Brian Irvine, Ian Wilson, Richard Ingham, Rohan de Saram, some brand new operas and an exciting new joint composition by six Scottish composers and many more!