Our Sagas and Seascapes concert recorded live at the Shetland Boat Hall in September will be streaming online from 12th November 19:00 GMT until 15th November 19:00 GMT and tickets are now onsale via Eventbrite. The link is here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/200755233307 and also on our Forthcoming Performances page. Tickets are priced at £6 and you can also purchase cards and prints from Orla Stevens via this page.
The programme includes the first live performance of Linda Buckley’s Aud, which was commissioned with support from PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music. Aud tells the story of 9th Century Icelandic settler Aud and her remarkable journey from Caithness to Iceland via the Northern Isles. It was a very special experience to perform Aud live for the first time, bringing together the live musicians and the recorded track. Add in the shared experience of being with an audience in an intimate space and the atmosphere in the room was palpable.
Gemma McGregor’s Our Lady of Sorrows and Danger is inspired by Ron Ferguson’s poem, “Our Lady of Yesnaby.” Written for clarinet quartet, the piece captures the mystery and melancholy of the figure on the cliffs as well as a sense of the dramatic seascape on Orkney’s west coast.
Aulis Sallinen’s The Sea of Peace is a wonderfully written score, by turns calm and reflective, energetic and quixotic. It was written in 2017 for the Naantali Music Festival in Finland.
We are particularly proud to introduce the work of two young Shetlanders in our concert. Accordionist Victoria Byrne-McCombie won the Shetland prize in our recent Seastories Competition, supported by the William Syson Foundation. Young poet, Isla Jamieson, sets the scene with her poem “You are Unique Shetland”, beautifully read here by Mary Blance.
The performance was supported by Creative Scotland and the Hope Scott Trust.