CoMA Summer School 2017


Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 July, 2017

The Summer School offers instrumental and vocal ensembles together with a range of workshops, talks and walks, concerts, and opportunities to experience, respond to and interact with the landscapes of Orkney, including:

  • Interpreting and performing four Summer School commissions, Open Score works by composers Samantha Fernando, Drew Hammond, Vasiliki Legako and Bill Sweeney for contemporary music ensembles
  • Joining with local musicians – in a Choral Ensemble directed by James Weeks and a Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Conway – to rehearse and perform works inspired by Orkney and the Scottish islands
  • For the string orchestra, focusing on game-changers  composers who have contributed to the transformation of Western music and the string repertoire , from CPE Bach and Beethoven to Webern and Arvo Pärt
  • Also the chance to première Bee Haven, a new work written by James Weeks specially for the Summer School strings
  • Chris Watson introducing his work and location-based artistic practice in Acoustic Landscapes, with recorded examples, including works related to Orkney
  • Exploring the sounds of the unique no man’s land between the tides of Orkney’s island shores in Turn of the Tide
  • Using hydrophones Below Sea Level, revealing something of the songs and signals which occur under the surface of the largest and most sound rich environment on the planet
  • Developing ideas artistically and technically through critical analysis of field recordings in post-production sessions
  • Imagining the world of Stone Age Sounds and interpreting these within the Orkney landscape itself with James Weeks and Chris Watson
  • Using the practice of Deep Listening in midweek walks with ornithologist Laurence Rose to respond creatively to the Orkney landscape in words, images and music
  • Joining Loré Lixenberg’s Refugee Chorus in a choral and film driven project based on Brecht poems set by the Danish composers Niels Ronsholdt, works interspersed with Arabic, Sephardic and Croatian songs – and plans for public performance on an island ferry crossing
  • Making and interpreting graphic scores from maps and charts of Orkney and its surrounding seas in Mapping Voices
  • Spells and Charms offering vocal works derived from Orcadian and other languages and with works by Peter Maxwell Davies
  • One-to-one tutorials and composition options with Alasdair Nicolson, inviting string trios based on Orkney’s Ancient sites, flexibly (Open) scored works on the theme of Pilgrimage and its relationship to the martyrdom of St Magnus, and a composer’s ensemble creating a new work based on the Hymn to St Magnus
  • Mindfulness and music-making as a means of addressing issues relating to creativity, nervousness, physical embodiment, music – function and place
  • Piano Masterclasses with Rolf Hind and the opportunity to compose piano works that reflect Orkney’s natural world
  • Attending concerts in Stromness, Orkney Theatre and St Magnus Cathedral, including programmes by Summer School resident string trio Sara Woltstenholme, Ruth Gibson and Robin Michael and pianist Rolf Hind
  • Taking part of the final concert in St Magnus Cathedral with contributions by all Summer School participants
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William Conwayorchestras
Max Bailleviolin, strings, composers’ trio
Hollie Hardingensemble
Rolf Hindpiano, composition, mindfulness
Ruth Gibsonviola, strings, composers’ trio
Loré Lixenbergvoices, music theatre
Sarah McWhinneyimprovisation
Robin Michaelcello, strings, composer’s trio
Alasdair Nicolsoncomposition
Janet Oatesvoices
Chris Watsonsoundscapes
James Weeksvoices, strings, composition
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