It’s now about 6 weeks since I left Greenland and ended my sabbatical. There are still plenty of concerts planned for Nordic Viola, though. I have collected, composed and commissioned enough repertoire to run several different programmes with various groups of instruments. Each of my next 3 concerts will be different and I’ll be trying out some new pieces.
First up is Doune, about 5 miles from Dunblane, on 10th May. (If you’re a Monty Python fan, Doune Castle stars in the Holy Grail!). I will be performing with a string quartet with a twist: Anne Bünemann on violin, myself and David Martin on viola and Peter Hunt on cello.
Highlights will be mine, Anne’s and David’s take on an improvisation I first did with Anderson High School in Shetland, based on a Faroese folk tune, a string trio by Adrian Vernon Fish about a Greenlandic mountain (Sermitsiaq) and a lovely set of Shetland tunes inspired by whaling trips in days gone by to Greenland.
Future concerts are a possible performance for the Dunblane Cathedral Arts Guild in October and a concert in the RSNO Chamber Series on 21st January 2018. Both of these will be a line-up of flute, 2 violas and bassoon.
We also hope to visit the Faroe Islands again in 2018.