Musical Postcards

Whilst our projects and tours as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are continuing to celebrate the wonderful landscapes and heritage around Scotland’s beautiful islands, beaches, lochs and rivers.

We have already asked the four composers writing for our YCW2020 projects to write some Musical Postcards, but we would like to widen this to others.

Nevis’ Musical Postcards will take the form of short, two-minute long works for solo instruments with inspiration drawn from Scotland’s coasts and waters. Members of the public will be invited to share photos, paintings, poems and stories that demonstrate their relationship with our waters. The selected composers will draw from that inspiration to write a new short piece of music for a solo instrument.

The new works will be broadcast live online alongside the images and/or text that inspired them. When we are able to tour and perform live again, the works will also be included in performances with the full orchestra.

In order to apply, composers should submit an existing work for solo instrument (with a recording if possible), along with the application form, which can be accessed here.

Deadline for applications is Monday 20 April 2020 at 5pm, and should be sent to

This opportunity is open to all composers and there is no limit on age or country of residence.

A fee of £300 will be offered to successful composers.

Initially, two composers will be selected, though this may be increased depending on the length of COVID-19 restrictions.


Since August 2018 Nevis Ensemble has given almost 200 concerts to people across Scotland, performing everywhere from a farm in the Borders, to the summit of Ben Nevis itself and the far-flung islands of St Kilda.

In 2020, the orchestra will give an extensive tour of Europe, supported by The Scottish Government, with concerts in Brussels, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam, as well as touring around Scotland as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

Artistically led by Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves, Nevis aims to remove barriers to accessing orchestral music, bringing it to where people are, and when they are there. Just think; 40 energetic musicians run out of a bus, instruments in hand, and less than five minutes later the intrigued crowd hears something incredible and unexpected. Everyone leaves feeling uplifted and inspired, proud of the place to which they belong.