Water Stories Isle of Eigg

Supported by the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, Water Stories Aberdeen will see Nevis Ensemble musicians Georgina MacDonell Finlayson (violin) and Andrew Taheny (violin), and composer Fergus Hall work with the community on the Isle of Eigg to create a new piece of music to be premiered as part of the Nevis Ensemble’s June 2020 tour.

Session dates:
Sunday 23 February 2020, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
Tuesday 17 March 2020, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

(There will also be informal concerts to meet Fergus, Georgina and Andrew, hear them play and learn more about the project on 22 February and 16 March.)

Location: Isle of Eigg Community Hall

Final Performance: Sunday 21 June 2020

There is no cost at all to participate in this project

Open to people of all ages living on the Isle of Eigg. No previous musical experience is necessary, although if you do play an instrument, do bring it along! Singers are also welcome to join.

During the project sessions, participants will work towards writing a new piece of music based on the history, heritage and environment of Eigg, with composer Fergus Hall and Nevis violinists Georgina MacDonell Finlayson and Andrew Taheny. We’ll be looking for inspiration, new melodies, text, paintings, stories, photos – whatever you feel represents the island and the people who live there.

Fergus will then take away all the new material and write a brand new orchestral piece of music for the island. Participants will be invited to perform in the new piece of music (whether playing their instrument or singing) alongside the 40-piece Nevis Ensemble on 21 June 2020 on Eigg.

If you would like to join us in creating an exciting new piece of music for Eigg, please apply here, so we can know a bit more about you before we meet!

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

Fergus Hall

Fergus Hall is a composer, musician and improviser from the west of Scotland.

He prides himself on his diverse output having written a range of works from a large secular oratorio in collaboration with Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith, a site-specific work for the Glasgow botanic gardens, large jazz works based on Scottish poetry and a range of chamber and electroacoustic works.

Fergus is also active as an improvising musician, performing as part of the ambient improv duo Long Green Jaws and is a founding member of The Weird Quartet, an improvising string quartet.

Fergus is continuing his compositional studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with support from the Scottish International Education Trust and the Caird Trust.

Andrew Taheny

Andrew Taheny is a 3rd year BMus Music student at the University of Edinburgh, originally from Glasgow. He studies violin with Ruth Crouch, and has performed widely in chamber groups and symphony orchestras, as well as in music theatre and opera.

He has a keen interest in music outreach, and regularly takes part in university-based events as well as performing with the Nevis Ensemble across Scotland. In 2018, he was a finalist in the Edinburgh Quartet’s third annual ‘Apprentice’ competition, and led the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra. He was also awarded the Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship for Performance by the Reid School of Music at the University of Edinburgh.

In 2019, he was accepted to the Berlin Opera Academy Chamber Orchestra and the Cambridge Early Music Baroque Summer School. He currently leads the Edinburgh University String Orchestra, and has performed as soloist for the Finzi Violin Concerto with the Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra. 

Georgina MacDonell Finlayson

Currently based in Edinburgh, Georgina MacDonell Finlayson is a musician, composer and community arts practitioner from the North East of Scotland. She enjoys a varied portfolio of performing, teaching and writing music in both classical and traditional styles, and has a particular interest in multi-disciplinary performance. Her experiences playing with orchestras across Scotland have included performances with NYOS at the BBC Proms and a tour to China. She has been a member of Nevis Ensemble since its inception in 2018, performing in some of the world’s most unlikely concert venues, and has also played with Scotland’s pre-professional Baroque ensemble Kellie Consort.

As a composer, she has had works premiered at Aberdeen’s Soundfestival and by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the ECA Degree Show. More recently, she has curated and performed the music for Miss Lindsay’s Secret, a theatre show premiered at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. As well as a love for performing and creating music, Georgina finds great joy in teaching and community arts work. She currently works as an instrumental teacher at Portobello Music School and Stroller’s Music School, and also assists as a cover musician for Big Noise Scotland, working with young children using music as a means of social change in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas.

A recent graduate of music from The University of Edinburgh, Georgina plans to continue her studies with a masters in violin performance at the Royal Northern College of Music.