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news archive 2008

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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

Sonic Fusion Festival

sound news item posted 2 September 2008

The second Sonic Fusion Festival will run in Edinburgh this September (18th - 28th), and will include concert performances, electronic audio, and audio-visual installations as well as many educational events.

To view the programme of events visit

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:

calls for scores

sound news item posted 21 July 2008

If you'd like to try and have your piece featured in the Composers' workshop with Roberto Fabbriciani please send in a short piece (less than 5 minutes) for solo flute by the 26th September 2008 (details in this downloadable document). Two or three pieces will be selected by Roberto Fabbriciani as the basis for this workshop.

If you are a young composer from 13-21 years and are interested in writing a new work of between 5 to 10 minutes duration for string quartet (2 Violins, Viola & Cello) you can read more about the AIYF Compose! workshop and download further information to participate.

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.

Corsham festival

sound news item posted 19 June 2008

Friends of sound will likely be interested in the Corsham Festival (21st - 28th June). It's one of the leading small festivals in the south west and has developed a reputation for programming exciting new work by emerging and established British composers.

Find out more at

Soundwaves festival

sound news item posted 7 June 2008

The second Soundwaves Festival takes place in Brighton & Hove from the 13th - 29th June 2008, a feast of more than 20 events during which you will experience sound art that pushes boundaries, breaks down barriers, and takes us 'outside the box'.

Visit for full details or download an e-flyer.

social networks

sound news item posted 5 June 2008

Join us! We have just signed up to both myspace and facebook. You can find us using the following links:

Summer Music at Haddo House: 4th - 8th June 2008

sound news item posted 6 May 2008

Summer Music offers a vibrant experience of high quality chamber music in a magnificent setting. Inspired by over half a century of rich musical tradition at Haddo House, this first ‘pilot’ festival comprises 11 events focusing on Britten and Russian composers, alongside classical works. Music on offer includes the first complete performance in the north-east of Shostakovich’s extraordinary piano cycle of 24 Preludes & Fugues, impressionistic violin/piano music by Prokofiev, a rarely-heard clarinet trio by Khachaturian and a wide range of works by Britten and Stravinsky including ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ suite. Performances take place in the Library, Drawing Room, Chapel and Haddo’s unique wooden hall, where many distinguished musicians have appeared over the years, including Benjamin Britten and Sviatoslav Richter.

Artists include the Coull Quartet, Endymion (Mark van de Wiel - clarinet, Krysia Osostowicz - violin, Michael Dussek - piano), violinist Susanne Stanzeleit and mezzo-soprano Jane Irwin, whose international career has blossomed since her early performances at Haddo. There are also popular Scottish-based artists – organist George McPhee, 'cellist Robert Irvine, and pianists Graeme McNaught and Gusztáv Fenyö, the festival’s artistic director - as well as Scottish Connection, an ensemble of some of the best young Scottish string players.

In addition, the world’s foremost music-film director, Bruno Monsaingeon, will personally attend the screening of his award-winning portrait of the legendary Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter.

Visit for full details or download a brochure.


sound news item posted 3 March 2008

This year there will be a Saxfest from the 30th October to the 2nd November 2008 and an intensive weekend of concerts from the 13th - 17th November.

artists in sound festival 2008

sound news item posted 3 March 2008

Our next sound festival is taking shape!

Artists for the 2008 gathering will include the Alba Quartet, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sally Beamish, Kim Cascone, Continuum, Hywel Davies, Roberto Fabbriciani, Dave Fennessy, Fidelio Trio, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, Helen Grimes, Jonty Harrison, Richard Ingham, Florian Kitt, Kungsbacka Trio, Pekka Kuusisto, Darragh Morgan, Pippa Murphy, Thea Musgrave, Andy Scott, Scottish Ensemble, Scottish Flute Trio, Smith Quartet, Judith Weir and Scott Wilson.

Further details are given here