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A Concert in a Coire
Sat, 15 Apr 2017, 16:30 – Sun, 16 Apr 2017, 00:30 BST
“The bard praises the Cuillin Hills of Skye. Though he cannot praise the hills as a climber, he uses place names and a knowledge of history to tell us much about the mountains.”
Dr John McInnes’ summary of ‘Oran nan Cuilthean’
Calum Nicolson June 1960
‘A Concert in a Coire’ is a collaboration between musicians, designers and mountaineers - a gathering in Coire Lagan on the Isle of Skye, incorporating a musical performance, a guided hillwalk and a midnight feast of local island produce. This will be a really special, one-off event that brings together a unique mix of Scottish musical talent alongside local businesses and the island’s best mountain guides, all situated in the most beautiful and impressive of all the corries, making for an unforgettable experience for the audience, which will be limited to a 75 capacity.
‘Peaks’ is the musical partnership between violinist George Smith and cellist Duncan Strachan, founder members and one half of the internationally-renowned Scottish chamber ensemble the Maxwell String Quartet. Composer-instrumentalists Smith and Strachan have worked with many renowned artists including cinematographer Herman Kolgen, theatre company Cryptic, London Studio Centre Dance and Anna Meredith. They have performed their own music at major venues and festivals across the UK and Europe. www.maxwellstringquartet.com
Sam Annand is a musician and sound engineer from Fife. Bridging artistic and technical audio related disciplines, Annand has recorded and performed under the name Architeq since 2007. In 2016 he led Resono, a sound design and research project supported by New Media Scotland, based around the concept of playing the echoes and reverberations of a building or space as if it were an instrument. www.resono.co.uk
For ‘A Concert in a Coire’, Smith, Strachan and Annand will collaborate for a site-specific performance in Coire Lagan. Smith and Strachan will take inspiration from the surrounding Cuillin peaks which cradle a deep aqua lochan, the natural acoustics of the coire and the rich musical tradition of Skye, working in fragments of ancient Gaelic song. Performing alongside them and making full use of the sound-desk, Annand will utilise field recordings from the area - that of water, wind, rock - weaving in a tapestry of sounds to complement violin and cello. Together, the three will create a dramatic sonic experience that recontextualizes the surrounding amphitheatre of sweeping rock and vertical precipices.
We’ll be working with a handful of local caterers and businesses to ensure our audience is fed, watered and kept entertained for the duration of this unique one-off event.
Important information: This event requires a moderate level of fitness. Ticket holders will be guided on foot for up to 2 hours uphill, from 0 to 600m on a rough mountain path to Coire Lagan, and will return from this point in limited daylight with the aid of a head torch. There is a section of very easy scrambling before arrival at the concert site where additional guides will be positioned to aid you if necessary. Please contact us in advance if you wish to discuss any physical requirements.
Ticket holders should come equipped to be outside in potentially cold temperatures for around 4 hours, please bring sturdy and preferably water resistant footwear, warm clothes including hats and gloves, waterproofs (top and bottom), head torch, at least 500ml of water and a small snack. If you require any medication then carry this too, we recommend essentials be carried in a small rucksack that can be worn on your back to keep hands free.
Guides will carry first aid kits and emergency shelters. Please make your guide aware of any previous or existing injuries that could effect your journey along with any relevant medical conditions. On arrival at Glen Brittle beach you will be issued with a full itinerary and welcome pack. Although toilet facilities are available at Glen Brittle, concert goers should be aware that there are no facilities on the hill.
Skye’s fragile eco-culture and unspoilt landscape make it the special place it is and ticket holders are kindly asked to not leave any litter on the hill. Bags will be provided for rubbish such as toilet paper. Hot food and drinks along with a local beer, supplied by Cuillin Brewery, will be available upon your return to Glen Brittle following the concert and are included in the ticket price. We're hugely appreciative of additional sponsorship from local outdoor retailer Inside Out.
We’re very lucky to have Glasgow-based artist and illustrator Jamie Johnson working on a bespoke suite of visuals which will appear in various forms throughout the day.
We look forward to meeting you all and are super excited to share this special event with you in Coire Lagan.