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Sound Thought 2008

sound news item posted 28 November 2008

Glasgow University Music Department's Post Graduate Showcase is taking place this weekend. It offers the opportunity for anyone with more than a passing interest in music to explore some of the outer margins of contemporary, experimental music composition and performance.

Events include:

  • Friday 28th November
    Glasgow University Chapel, 7pm, Free Entry
    The Edinburgh Quartet, reknowned classical quartet shortly to be celebrating their 50th season and Lithuanian concert pianist, Lauryna Sableviciute, perform World Premiers of compositions by Glasgow University post graduates as part of the annual showcase.
  • Saturday 29th November
    Glasgow University Concert Hall, 2-5pm, Free Entry
    The Edinburgh Quartet, reknowned classical quartet shortly to be celebrating their 50th season and Lithuanian concert pianist, Lauryna Sableviciute, perform World Premiers of compositions by Glasgow University post graduates as part of the annual showcase.
  • Saturday 29th November
    Gilmorehill, Glasgow University Film Department, 7pm, Free Entry
    Acoustic folk from Jo Mango and Glaswegian Americana from The Hellfire Club round up Glasgow University's annual music post graduate showcase.


Visit the Sound Thought 2008 website for more information:

Five Day Finale

sound news item posted 13 November 2008

sound's Five Day Finale starts this Thursday.  It is a fitting finish to this year's festival with a jam-packed weekend full of workshops, concerts, and sound art.  Hope to see you at these many interesting and exciting events!

Finale Highlights include:

  • Scottish Flute Trio with Robert Irvine, cello & Rhian Macleod, percussion - Thursday at the Duff House in Banff at 7.30pm. more...
  • Continuum - Friday free lunchtime concert at the Crowdray Hall at 12.45pm. more...
  • Fidelio Trio - Friday at Zeste, Crombie Hall, University of Aberdeen at 7.45pm. more...
  • Field Diffusion, a sound art installation by Kim Cascone and local sound artists - Saturday at the Graveyard of St. Nicolas' Kirk 10am to 4pm.
  • Robin Michael, cello - Saturday at Migvie Church, Tarland at 4pm. more...
  • Revolutions per hour, a fight night of electroacoustic music and sound art with gigs on the hour - Saturday at the Lemon Tree 6pm to Midnight. more...
  • Smith Quartet - Sunday at the Woodend Barn at 3pm. more...
  • Florian Kitt, cello & Rita Medjimorec, piano - Sunday at Elphinstone Hall, University of Aberdeen at 7.45pm. more...
  • Scottish Ensemble with Pekka Kuusisto, violin - Monday at Queen's Cross Church at 7.30pm. more...



sound news item posted 12 November 2008

Owing to illness, the talk by Sally Beamish at Duff House originally planned for Thursday 13 November has had to be cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Another great week of sound!

sound news item posted 5 November 2008

It was another great week of sound with fantastic performances, school workshops, a number of world premieres and a successful SaxFest - culminating in the delightful Massed Saxaphone Gala Concert at the Beach Ballroom on Sunday. There are many more exciting events throughout the North East this week, so ignore the dreary mist and come join us for some excellent new music.

Highlights this weekend include:

  • Hebrides Ensemble & Jane Irwin, mezzo-saprano - Friday at the Fettercairn Village Hall at 7pm. more...
  • King Creosote + Pictish Trail - Friday at Woodend Barn at 8pm. more...
  • Alba String Quartet - Saturday at the Aboyne Community Theatre at 7.30pm. more...
  • Reem Kelani, featuring Arabic music, folk and jazz - Saturday at Woodend Barn at 8pm. more...
  • Kungsbacka Piano Trio - Sunday at Woodend Barn at 3pm. more...
  • Aberdeen City Music School and Paragon Ensemble - Sunday at the Cowdray Hall at 5pm. more...


SaxFest and other Upcoming Festival Highlights

sound news item posted 30 October 2008

We hope you enjoyed the exciting first week of sound, with its many interesting concerts and events. This weekend starts SaxFest - four days of performances, events and workshops with some of the UK's finest saxophone players and ensembles.

SaxFest highlights this weekend include:

  • Pennan to Penang, Richard Ingham, saxophone and Mary McCarthy, accordion - Friday at the Institute of Medical Sciences at 6pm. more...
  • Hero As a Riddle, by Martin Kershaw - Friday evening at the Cowdray Hall at 8.30pm - with a pre-concert talk by Daniel Herrman, Curator of the Dean Gallery, on Eduardo Paolozzi whose art inspired the evening's music at the Aberdeen Art Gallery at 7.30pm. more...
  • Saxophone Workshop Day - Saturday in MacRobert Building at the University of Aberdeen. more...
  • SaxAssult - Saturday at the LemonTree at 8.30pm. more...
  • Saxophone Open Rehearsal Day with Massed Saxophone Gala Concert in the evening - Sunday at the Beach Ballroom. more...


Other highlights this weekend include:

  • The Curve Foundation Dance Company and the Scottish Flute Trio - Friday at the LemonTree at 7pm. more...
  • Strange Rainbow, Catrionia McKay, harp and Alistair MacDonald, live electronics - Friday at The Woodend Barn at 8pm. more...
  • Day with Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and evening concert - Saturday at The Woodend Barn. more...

Double-bill in Huntly

sound news item posted 27 October 2008

We are pleased to announce that there will be a performance of On the Black Hill with the ajtc Theatre Company in Huntly on the same day as Strange Rainbow.

Richard Craig standing in for Roberto Fabbriciani

sound news item posted 25 October 2008

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Roberto Fabbriciani will not be able to attend sound 2008. He will be replaced by Richard Craig.

Radio Interviews

sound news item posted 24 October 2008

There have been some interesting live radio interviews during the week. If you'd like to listen to these, the links are below:

  • shmuFM, Positive Slant
    22 October 8pm
    Interview and music with Pete Stollery on Aberdeen's community radio station.
    programme available to listen again for 7 days after broadcast
  • BBC Radio 3, In Tune
    22 October 5pm
    "Sean Rafferty presents a selection of music and guests from the arts world, including 2008 sound festival artistic director Pete Stollery and violinist Darragh Morgan discussing Scotland's only dedicated new music festival."
    programme available to listen again for 7 days after broadcast
  • BBC Radio Scotland, Radio Café
    21 October 1.15pm
    "Clare English with provocative discussions, inspiring guests and news about trends, fashion, music, theatre and art" - interview and music with the Scottish Flute Trio and Pete Stollery
    programme available to listen again for 7 days after broadcast
  • BBC Radio 2, Claudia Winkleman's Arts Show, What's on near you?
    17 October 10pm
    "North-East Scotland's festival of new music, sound 2008, kicks-off on Monday with recitals and workshops around Aberdeen on everything from classical music to jazz until November 17th..."
    programme available to listen again for 7 days after broadcast

The Burning Harpsichord Series

sound news item posted 20 October 2008

The Burning Harpsichord Series of Experimental Music, Sound Art, and New Media is back on Sunday October the 26th! The Music Club have agreed to host The Burning Harpsichord Series on the last Sunday of every month. Find out more about the featured artists here.

Pennan event postponed

sound news item posted 10 October 2008

The charity concert to raise funds for Pennan Village Hall, damaged in recent mud-slides, has had to be postponed to allow further renovation work to take place. The performance of Richard Ingham's 'Pennan to Penang' will be rescheduled for sometime during 2009.

Interesting music promotions

sound news item posted 6 October 2008

Interesting music promotions present two additions to the 2008 sound festival - a gig in the newly opened Music Club (Major Matt Mason USA + Francis MacDonald + Matricarians) and a gig in The Tunnels (To Rococo Rot + Laki Mera + Sarah J Tingle).

Late additions

sound news item posted 21 September 2008

Some more events have been added to the sound festival programme. We are pleased to announce a performance by Michael Janisch and the Transatlantic Collective at the Blue Lamp in Aberdeen, and performances of Strange Rainbow (for harp and electronics) to be held in Banchory and Huntly.


sound news item posted 21 September 2008

Unfortunately The British Expeditionary Force have had to cancel some of their tour dates. They no longer plan to be in Aberdeen for the event which was previously listed here for Sunday 26 October 2008, 8.00 pm at The Tunnels, Carnegie's Brae, Aberdeen.

James MacMillan to become patron

sound news item posted 5 September 2008

"James MacMillan is a tireless supporter of new music and he has been actively involved with sound since its inception. We are thrilled that he has accepted the invitation to become a patron of the festival, cementing the already strong relationship between us. He joins our founding patron, Dame Evelyn Glennie, for whom he wrote one his most celebrated works, Veni Veni Emmanuel."
- sound

"The emergence of the sound new music festival over the last few years has been one of the astounding success stories in the Scottish Arts scene. From nowhere, Scotland suddenly has a contemporary music festival, on the verge of rivalling some of the most famous events in Europe. It has been building momentum now for the last four years, with each new event bigger and more ambitious than the last."
- James MacMillan

Read more about James MacMillan becoming a patron of the sound festival:

  • • James MacMillan to become patron of sound new music festival | in HI~Arts
  • • Macmillan Lends Name To Sound Festival | in The Herald

press release

sound news item posted 21 July 2008

Our press section now includes two news releases about the sound festival in 2008 - a general press release, and one for more specific classical music press. They are also available to download here:

extended string techniques workshop

sound news item posted 21 July 2008

This interactive workshop aimed at folk fiddlers, young string students and amateur and semi-professional string players will cover a range of unusual and extended techniques that contemporary performers are now often required to use. Further information on how to get involved is available on the event listing and on this application form.

social networks

sound news item posted 5 June 2008

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old news

sound news item posted 1 March 2008

Older news stories are contained in our news archive for 2008. You can also read about past years too.