Water Stories Aberdeen

Supported by the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, Water Stories Aberdeen will see Nevis Ensemble musicians Joey O’Neill (French horn) and Laetitia Pannetier (violin), and composer Lisa Robertson work with young people from across Aberdeen to create a new piece of music to be premiered as part of the Nevis Ensemble’s June 2020 tour.

Session dates:
Saturday 28 March 2020: 11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 4 April 2020: 11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 11 April 2020: 11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 18 April 2020: 11am – 4.30pm
Saturday 6 June 2020: 11.30am – 4.30pm

Location: Tutti Studio, Aberdeen Music Hall

Performance: Wednesday 24 June 2020

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 the 40-piece Nevis Ensemble.

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

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

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.