On the whole it’s been a pretty good Summer here in the North-East of Scotland although the last few weeks of August were pretty wet and had a real Autumnal feel to them. I had some exciting news in the Spring following an invigorating weekend of walking in the Cairngorms with film directorÂ Richard Jobson, in that I’ve been asked to compose and perform the musical score for his film adaptation of the classic book “The Living Mountain” by Nan Shepherd.Â The Ben Avon walk was followed by a visit to Cairngorm and then a big day taking in Carn Crom, Derry Cairngorm, Ben Macdui, Loch Etchachan,Â StronriachÂ and a total of 18 miles walked. These trips into the mountains will form the inspiration for the Richard’s film and my own score.
Earlier in the year I spent a fair amount of time working on the “Heilan Symphony” which was inspired by the network of drove roads throughout the North-East of Scotland and which was commissioned by Huntly’s, Deveron Arts. My own work on the project is finished and it is being orchestrated for full symphony orchestra as we speak by acclaimed orchestrator and arranger, Paul Campbell from Belfast. The work will have it’s world premier performance in the Tomintoul village hall on Friday the 14th of November.
Throughout the Summer I’ve been performing regularly at the Station restaurant and at the Coilacriech Inn, inÂ Ballater, the Aberdeen Arms, Tarland and at the Stewart Hall ceilidh’s in Huntly and these have all been very well attended. I performed with David and Gary Anderson and Alastair Macdougall as part of Aberdeen’s welcome to the Commonwealth games baton relay. I was a guest at the wonderful TMSA festivals at Faulkland and Kirriemuir, the Deeside festival and Victoria week festivals and recently performed at the Fiddle Feast concert at Fyvie castle, Invercauld House and at the “Pipes in the Park” event in Huntly.
There’s a few interesting things in the pipeline including an event in Aberdeen with Dame Evelyn Glennie, a commission inspired by Brodie Castle’s “Rodney Stone” and soon to be announced news of one of my compositions featuring in an up coming movie soundtrack (not the Living Mountain). Watch this space!