Hebrides Ensemble brought Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows to a Scottish audience for the first time, with the support of ECAT (Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust) which was an organisation devoted to new music and finding new audiences for it. Peter Nelson from ECAT talks about this unique and challenging piece.
This Scottish premier of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows features soprano Claron McFadden, and is interlaced with Purcell’s Fantasias. Hebrides Music Director Will Conway explains how the programme was devised.
Together with ECAT, Hebrides Ensemble presented a programme of Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows and Purcell’s Fantasias, featuring the talented soprano Claron McFadden. Pulse Shadows is regarded as a highly challenging piece for musicians, the soloist and the audiences alike. Will Conway from The Hebrides Ensemble, Peter Nelson from ECAT and Claron McFadden explain why this […]
Composer James MacMillan talks about the development of his work Tuireadh which was written to commemorate those who died in the Piper Alpha disaster in the North Sea. The piece was played by Hebrides Ensemble as part of a rush hour concert on 27th January 2011 at St. George’s West Church in Edinburgh.
In this preview podcast for Vesalii Icones, we speak with the acclaimed percussionist Colin Currie and composer Peter Maxwell Davies about this unique production which combines elements of music and dance with eccentric and vibrant results.
As Hebrides Ensemble prepared to tour Schoenberg’s ground breaking work Pierrot Lunaire in 2010, this preview the concert included clips of the music that you would hear, alongside interviews with Hebrides Ensemble’s Will Conway and composers Sally Beamish and Helen Grime.
In this preview podcast, we speak to virtuoso circus juggler Chris Patfield about his role in Maxwell Davies’ Le Jongleur de Notre Dame and play you clips of the music. We also hear from Hebrides Ensemble’s artistic director, Will Conway.
Peter Maxwell Davies’s later music powerfully evokes the isolated majesty of his Orkney island home, yet it also bears witness to his talent for friendship – to his associations, both personal and musical, with friends and supporters in Scotland and further afield.