sound festival 2022

  • Performance

soundfestival returns 26-30 October 2022 with a jam-packed programme of new and experimental music featuring some of the most exciting names in the new music scene in the UK and further afield.

This year’s festival features over 30 live performances, exhibitions and participatory events in a variety of venues across Aberdeen.

Several events will also be available to watch online at a later date on our YouTube channel

Festival Highlights 


Look out for world premieres of works by contemporary composers including Daniel Kidane, Zad Moultaka, Electra Perivolaris, Garth Knox, Ian Wilson, Laura Bowler and more at this year’s festival.

A Celebration of ‘Endangered Instruments’

Following the culmination of a five-year focus on ‘endangered instruments’ which highlighted the bassoon, oboe, viola, french horn and the double bass, we bring leading musicians together to perform specially commissioned music for this unique ensemble of instruments.

Lunchtime Concerts 

The festival hosts a series of lunchtime concerts in venues across the city including the Cowdray Hall and St Machar's Cathedral. 

Spotlight gigs

A series of short 30 minute concerts aimed at giving increased visibility to emerging and/or local composers and performers.

Family-Friendly Events 

Our programme includes family-friendly events such as our popular promenade concert presented in association with Aberdeen Art Gallery as well as children's workshops and concerts.

Late night soundsessions

Sit back and listen to new sounds at the end of the festival day in an informal setting at our late night soundsessions

Take Part

Throughout the festival we offer workshops and masterclasses for composers and musicians. 


We usually announce our festival programme towards the end of August / beginning of September. Tickets will go on sale at the same time. 

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