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Elemental centres around a new piece for harmonium, piano, fiddle and string orchestra by musicians Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes. The piece and the performance are inspired by Edwin Morgan’s 1984 poem ‘Slate’, a love letter to a politically- and environmentally-battered Scotland. Led by guest director Simon Blendis, together with O’Rourke and Downes, the event will explore themes of time, change and transformation, particularly in relation to Scotland and the world; entities that, as with music, are subject to the constant processes of time. Through sound, they’ll conjure thoughts of the past, present and future of the land we all share – as well as creating a space to contemplate it. ‘There is no beginning’ fuses the visceral energy and haunting beauty of O’Rourke’s traditional roots with wisps of jazz, folk and modern classical. Surrounding it will come a clutch of contemporary works that speak to us of all things elemental – space, silence, waves and air – intertwined with melodies which echo an ancient Scotland.
Edinburgh, EH8 9SU