sound festival 2019 | 23 Oct-3 Nov

  • Performance


Here’s a preview of the 2019 soundfestival programme. 



Sensational vocal ensemble EXAUDI launch the festival with a performance at the Lemon Tree featuring the World Premiere of a new work exploring motherhood by sound’s current composer-in-residence, Ailie Robertson. (Wed 23 Oct) 

Continuing our focus on ‘endangered instruments’ this year’s festival showcases the oboe with performances by leading oboists and artists-in-residence Christopher Redgate and Nicholas Daniel.

Performing on the revolutionary Howarth-Redgate oboe, Christopher Redgate reinvents the oboe and deconstructs its traditional sound world in a number of performances including a thrilling concert with Quatuor Diotima, one of the most in-demand string quartets in the world today (Thu 24 Oct).

Less than a week before the UK is due to leave the EU, We need to talk / Il faut qu'on parle explores the relationship between two cellists from France and the UK and their shared and not shared language. Text and movement entwine with music in an intimate and innovative performance. (Sat 26 Oct)

This weekend also features Claudia Molitor’s Decay which embraces the melancholy of loss and rejoices in the promise of change (Fri 25 Oct); Written in Fire, an emotive new work created by violinist Rakhi Singh and pioneering electronic musician Vessel (Sebastian Gainsborough) inspired by Janáček’s string quartet Intimate Letters (Fri 25 Oct); and new works developed as part of a composer’s residential weekend with Red Note Ensemble (Sat 26 Oct). 

soundconversations and workshops offer opportunities to find out more about new music and the works being performed with composers and musicians.  



Nicholas Daniel continues to showcase the oboe in a number of concerts including a portrait concert of work by John Casken (Thu 31 Oct) with the Fidelio Trio in association with the University of Aberdeen, and a ‘European’ performance of sound patron Sir James MacMillan’s Intercession for 3 Oboes with Dutch oboist Oliver Boekhoorn and French oboist Jean-Pierre Arnaud (Sat 2 Nov). 

Scotland’s contemporary ensemble Red Note will be joined by local new music group Any Enemy for a concert featuring new music commissioned by sound from three pioneering composers Tansy DaviesLinda Buckley and Luke Styles (Fri 1 Nov). 

We celebrate the re-opening of Aberdeen Art Gallery on Sat 2 Nov, and later in the day welcome musicians from French ensemble TM+ and Dutch ensemble Calefax with cellist Matthew Barley. 

During the festival there will be opportunities to experience new music in informal spaces at late night events, lunchtime concerts, and a family-friendly promenade concert at Aberdeen Maritime Museum. 

Start planning your new music adventure now!

The full soundfestival programme will be announced at the end of August. 

A range of festival passes will be available as well as tickets to individual events some of which are free to attend.

Events take place in various venues across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

For accommodation and travel tips we recommend visiting

Join our mailing list!