Tuesday 2 March | Joanna Stark

For her #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, cellist Joanna Stark is doing some research into climate change and writing daily songs about the things she finds out!

“Since Climate Change started taking a bigger spot in the media, I’ve wanted to give myself the opportunity to do more research into this huge topic, and so I thought it might be more engaging to present my daily investigations as little songs everyday. I improvise a lot (especially when I should be practising) and often make up little songs on the spot for my students when explaining a concept to them, so this way of creating comes quite naturally to me.

In doing this, I hope to raise more awareness of small but significant factors that can contribute to the bigger threat of global warming, whilst challenging myself to be more creative through lockdown and approach these issues with a more positive mindset; that these are changes we can make rather than obstacles to tackle.”

Here’s a little video from Joanna introducing herself and her project!

Day 16 – Joanna’s song looks at water use in the home, focussing on the kitchen sink, which is apparently the source of the most water-related carbon emissions in the home.

Day 5 – Joanna’s song is about Palm Oil and it’s harmful impact on nature and the environment, especially in the tropical rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia.

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love you to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what you can do, or to show us you own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.