The Herald: Violas and female composers mark Sound 2018

Phil Miller
The Herald
7 September 2018

THE Sound festival of new music has revealed its programme for 2018, which will take place in 19 venues across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The annual event will this year run from October 24 to November 4, and will feature 40 concerts.

A theme in the festival this year is the showcase of the viola, the second in sound’s “endangered instruments” series, following the bassoon last year.

Work by female composers is also being highlighted.

Fiona Robertson, the director of the festival, said: "There will be new commissions from John De Simone, our current composer-in-residence, Diana Burrell, who this year celebrates her 70th birthday, Sally Beamish, Christopher Fox, Rafaële Biston, Oscar Strasnoy, Ailie Robertson, Pippa Murphy, Diana Salazar, Gemma McGregor, Rose Dodd and James Dillon as well as new works developed by Scottish-based female composers in a residential project later this month.

"Our international collaborations are continuing to develop.

"This year we are delighted to be presenting the World Premiere of Raphaële Biston’s new work for flute, clarinet, cello and guitar which was co-commissioned with our partner festival in France, Musiques Démesurées, and the UK Premiere of a new work by Oscar Strasnoy which we have co-commissioned for Garth Knox with Donaueschinger Musiktage."

Violist Knox returns to his childhood home in north-east Scotland as artist in residence.

Work by more than female composers are to be featured in the festival.

These include Burrell, whose 70th birthday on 25 October is marked by a special concert, and Sally Beamish whose new work for 6 violas will have its World Premiere in a concert which also features Garth Knox’s Ockeghem Fantasia.

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