Reviews and Comments

Ed McKeon of Third Ear Music explains why Sagas and Seascapes was selected for the Made In Scotland Showcase, 2020

“Beautiful and fascinating.” (Made in Scotland Shows, 2022)

“The quality and texture of these pieces is irresistable.” (Michael Begg, Composer, Sagas and Seascapes, Made In Scotland, Edinburgh 2022)

“It was absolutely gorgeous!! Such lovely music, art and film.” (Sagas and Seascapes, Made In Scotland, Edinburgh 2022)

“…treat your senses & go see it!!” (Sagas and Seascapes, Made In Scotland, Edinburgh 2022)  

“Congratulations Katherine Wren & Team on a fantastic performance of Sagas and Seascapes! Such an amazing project, so beautifully presented!” (Sagas and Seascapes, Made In Scotland, Edinburgh 2022)

“a quietly pioneering project” (David Kettle, The Scotsman, April 2020).

“The second half of the programme took us off to Iceland and to Greenland with such beauty and power of description that I for one was ready to stow away on the Magic of the Arctic Tour.” – (Robin Barr, The Orcadian, November 2018).

“It was wonderful on many levels and I’ve been transported to new ‘places’ I didn’t know existed.  Your arrangements are perfect to my imperfect ear.  I especially loved Wogen, Aud and your arrangements of Icelandic folk songs.  What a privilege to listen to your ensemble of talented musicians and such versatility of expression – thank you for inviting me. – (Cathy Harlow, guide with Discover the World, September 2021)

“I wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the concert last night. What a journey it was, both literary and musically. You conveyed your wonder and fascination with the Nordic lands in such an absorbing way. I think the whole audience was hooked!” (Kinbuck, Perthshire, UK 2016)

“Thank you so much, Katherine, your concert at St John’s was one of the highlights of my year.  I look forward to the time when you come back to Unst.” (Shetland, 2016)

“On behalf of the committee, and the audience, thank you so much for the lovely concert last night. I think most of us had no idea what to expect and we were bowled over by the exuberance of a lot of the music, and the atmospheres you conjured up for us.”

“I just wanted to congratulate you on a lovely evening last night. Lots of interesting and beautiful music. I particularly like the sound of two violas in a quartet and how special to hear you and David playing beautifully together. I thought the piece that you created with children was particularly lovely and want to hear the sound of a viola being blown into more often! Your solo pieces were fantastic too. I hope I will be free to come to your next concert!” (Doune, Perthshire, UK, 2017)

“Thank you for an intriguing and unusual concert. It was really atmospheric – the readings helped to set the mood, as did the recorded effects.  It’s such an unusual ensemble and sound, but the dark tones fit well with the music.  I really enjoyed the improvisation with the trombone in particular; it was a bonus that he was able to join you and please thank him from us, and also thank the rest of the ensemble of course. Altogether it was a wonderful start to our season.” (Dunblane, UK, 2017)