To be played by water was written by Robert Reid Allan, performed by Elisabeth Lusche, and commissioned by Dr. Stuart Edwardson of NHS Lothian.
The piece was inspired by a holiday Stuart took to Shetland, taking the ferry from Aberdeen and up through Orkney. He can be heard speaking during the piece, whilst Elisabeth plays on top, with silences and pauses interspersed. The sound of waves is present throughout. These sounds were recorded in Shetland, other parts of Scotland, and The Hague where Elisabeth is based.
Nevis Ensemble’s Lochan Sketches are a series of 10 commissions for composers to write short solo works for specific members of the orchestra. Each composer is paired with individuals from across Scotland to take inspiration from the country’s coasts and waters.
Each work received its broadcast premiere on BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped programme. The series is part of Nevis contributions to the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.
Robert Reid Allan
Robert Reid Allan is a Scottish composer and pianist based in East London. He creates visceral, innovative and hard-hitting music with a focus on interdisciplinary, collaborative and multimedia work touching on themes of violence, sexuality and politics.
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has worked with a number of distinguished performers and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, the Royal Scottish National and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, Psappha and Red Note Ensembles, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, pianist Rolf Hind, and cellist Oliver Coates.
Elisabeth Lusche is a trumpet player specialising in the performance of new music. Originally from Alabama, Elisabeth now lives in the Netherlands. Elisabeth is also a core group member, performer, and curator at Studio LOOS, a hotspot for new music, improvisation, and interdisciplinary artistic research in The Hague. Elisabeth became an expert in the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen and starred in the “aus LICHT” production of the Dutch National Opera. This program was a collaboration between the Royal Conservatory The Hague and the Stockhausen Foundation. Elisabeth is a founder member of Nevis and can usually be seen playing her trumpet up trees, in swimming pools, or in any awkward spot she can find.
Dr Stuart Edwardson is a dual specialist doctor in anaesthetics and intensive care. He works for NHS Lothian, and researches for the University of Edinburgh. He has a special interest in critical care genomics and novel optical imaging in the intensive care unit. He is a keen runner and cyclist, often spending his time off running in the hills or marathon training.