Modern Chants

Repertoire Canntaireachd, by Ruta Vitkauskaite; The Blackbird Pageant, by Gemma McGregor; The Oracle of Many Winds, by Ruta Vitkauskaite; Gannery, by Emily Doolittle; Eyebright, by Ruta Vitkauskaite; new work, by Gemma McGregor; new work, by Emily Doolittle; new work, by Ruta Vitkauskaite
Modern Chants

As Scotland descends into dark Winter, your imagination might get awoken to the nature forces, goddesses and spirits that once ruled these beautiful lands. Following the many voices of most ancient goddess Cailleach, you will venture on the journey into the Gaelic and Old Norse imagery, unfolding in poems by Dawn Wood, and speaking in ancient onomatopoeic words. You will be submerged in music sounds inspired by winds, lochs, birds, bagpiping (composed by Ruta Vitkauskaite, Gemma McGregor, and Emily Doolittle). You will hear clarinettist Joanne Nicholson and violist Katherine Wren playing for you, and will be invited to actively take part in music through digital instructions, if you wish.

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We welcome audiences of all ages and backgrounds. This is a child-friendly event. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements as we would like to do our best to accommodate you.

The event is presented at part of Book Week Scotland 2021.

The project is a collaboration of composer Rūta Vitkauskaitė with clarinettist Joanna Nicholson (former Story Specialist, Scottish Book Trust), violist Katherine Wren (Nordic Viola), poet-storyteller Dawn Wood (Templar Poetry); composers Gemma McGregor (Orkney Islands), and Emily Doolittle (Research Department at the RCS), supported An Lanntair (Outer Hebrides), and Sound (Aberdeen) and live-streaming specialist Chris Adams. The project is funded by Creative Scotland, and PRS Foundation's Open Fund for Music Creators.

Performers Katherine Wren, Ruta Vitkauskaite, Joanna Nicholson
Promoter Ruta Vitkauskaite
Submitted by Ruta Vitkauskaite

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