Water Stories Aberdeen

This project was originally due to take place in 2020, but will now start in April 2021.

Supported by the Year of Coasts and Waters 2021, Water Stories Aberdeen will see Nevis Ensemble musicians and composer Lisa Robertson work with young people from across Aberdeen to create a new piece of music to be premiered as part of a tour from Nevis Ensemble musicians in August 2021 in public and community spaces around Aberdeen.

Session dates:
Thursday 29 April 2021, 5pm
Thursday 6 May 2021, 5pm
Thursday 13 May 2021, 5pm
Thursday 20 May 2021, 5pm

Location: on Zoom

Performance: week beginning 16 August 2021 (to be confirmed)

There is no cost at all to participate in this project

Open to young people aged 12-18 living in Aberdeen. No previous musical experience is necessary, although if you do play an instrument, it may be an advantage. Singers are also welcome to join.

During the project participants will work with the musicians on their general musicianship and skills, and work towards writing a new piece of music with composer Lisa Robertson.

Participants will perform in the new piece of music (whether playing their instrument or singing) alongside musicians from the Nevis Ensemble. Live in-person performances will take place in line with any Scottish Government guidance and/or restrictions in place the time.

If you would like to join us in creating an exciting new piece of music for Aberdeen, please apply here by Friday 23 April 2021.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch at jamie@nevisensemble.org or creativelearning@aberdeenperformingarts.com

Lisa Robertson

Lisa Robertson is a composer from the West Highlands of Scotland interested in combining sounds from nature and folk music; examining relationships between people and the land and environmental concerns.

Upcoming performances of her pieces include by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dausgaard and the Slovak Sinfonietta. Previously, her pieces have been performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Note Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Cappella Nova, among others, and at festivals including Cheltenham Music Festival, Sound Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, and on BBC Radio 3 as well as performing her own solo violin piece at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2019.

She was shortlisted for the Scottish Awards for New Music 2019 Dorico Award for Small / Medium Scale Work and was joint-winner of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composers’ Competition 2018. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Emily Doolittle and Bill Sweeney and has also gained influence from masterclasses with Brian Ferneyhough at the Ferienkurse Darmstadt, Sir Harrison Birtwistle at Dartington International Summer School, Sir James MacMillan and workshops with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Bozzini Quartet and Ligeti Quartet.