sound festival 2020

Oct 2020 & Jan 2021
  • Performance

sound is pleased to announce that we are planning to present soundfestival 2020 as a hybrid festival of live physically-distanced performances and digital events. 

We are following current government guidance and look forward to bringing new music to audiences in the local area and beyond either in person or online.

The festival will now run over two weekends.

Weekend 1: Thursday 22-Sunday 25 October 2020
Weekend 2: Thursday 28–Sunday 31 January 2021

“I am pleased to announce today that we will stage the next soundfestival in October 2020 and January 2021. Our firm hope is to be able to present socially-distanced public performances and events including appearances by international artists and ensembles. However, we will also be harnessing the opportunities offered by digital technology to offer a rich and varied programme even if all the public events ultimately prove impossible to stage.”

“Covid-19 has been, and continues to be, a huge challenge for the art world. Throughout lockdown we have aimed to give new music a platform and support young composers through our digital projects. We are now looking forward to staging an exciting festival that will give audiences that chance to experience a rich array of public performances as well as to engage with new music digitally.”

Fiona Robertson, Director of sound

soundfestival programme details will be released in the coming weeks. 

A wide-ranging programme of new music is being planned featuring new commissions, collaborations, installations, talks and workshops. 

The festival will include a focus on the horn as sound continues to showcase 'endangered' instruments, and features new works from composers including Ailie Robertson, Ben Lunn, Deirdre Mckay, Laura Bowler, Pete Stollery, and Tansy Davies. 

Keep an eye on our website and social media for further programme announcements over the coming weeks!

“distinctive - and brilliantly charismatic” 
David Kettle, The Scotsman