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The Rinns of Islay
Helen Mackinnon

Description

The Rinns of Islay for symphony orchestra is a musical journey around the coastal shores of the Inner Hebridean island of Islay, home to my grandparents and generations before. Known for its rich terrain, complex climate, and peaty whisky, Islay’s stunning natural environment served as the creative inspiration for the work. Five short thematic movements adopt distinct characters as they take us on a tour of the island by day and night. The work centres around The Rinns – a beautiful peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 

The work was recorded by the RSNO in 2021 and released on Legends and Light Vol. 2 in early 2022.

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Instrumentation Genre Ensemble (with conductor)
Tag orchestra
Duration 20 minutes
Instrumentation Flute (+ piccolo) [1 player]; Flute [1 player]; Oboe (+ cor anglais) [1 player]; Oboe [1 player]; Clarinet [1 player]; Clarinet (+ bass clarinet) [1 player]; Bassoon [1 player]; Horn [4 players]; Trumpet [3 players]; Trombone [1 player]

Performances of this work

Date Venue Performer Link
08/05/2022 (*premiére) Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Scotland, UK None

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