Hebrides Ensemble

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Siobhan Dyson: Long Sharp Winds
Joe Stollery: The Skene Obsession
Rylan Gleave: Permanent Address
Ben Teague: Miniatures
Lucy Hale: Sustain and Snap
Jason Hodgson: The destination is obsolete
Ben Lunn: Symphonies of Instruments (final movement)

Programme notes

As part of the Neurotribes conference which is running throughout the day on Sunday 31 January, Red Note Ensemble were to perform a livestreamed programme of music by composers who are also on the autism spectrum from Aberdeen Arts Centre. Due to recent coronavirus restrictions in the UK this concert is unfortunately unable to take place today. 

We are pleased, however, to be able to share a recording of Diversions which includes a number of the originally programmed works and was first presented by Hebrides Ensemble at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh in December 2019. 

The programme features works by Rylan Gleave, Siobhan Dyson, Benjamin Teague, Joseph Stollery, Lucy Hale and Ben Lunn whose ‘Symphonies of Instruments’ brought disabled musicians from Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra together with a quartet of musicians from Hebrides Ensemble for a unique collaboration between acoustic and digital instruments.

Diversions is supported by Creative Scotland, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, PRSF Talent Development Partnership, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and City of Edinburgh Council Culture fund, The RVW Trust, Kimie Trust and Turcan Connell. It was recognised with multiple awards at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music.

Neurotribes is a one-day conference for promoters, ensembles and others who work with autistic composers. It will bring people together to discuss the challenges facing composers on the spectrum and explore how to enable greater inclusion and create more effective and supportive working relationships. Any professionals interested in attending can register here.

The recording will be presented in tribute to composer Lucy Hale who sadly died recently. 

Read a tribute to Lucy Hale by Drake Music Scotland and find out more about her work here.

How to enjoy this event

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This event is BSL interpreted.

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