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Under the Bridge
 Summer


   Collaboration with After the Pandemic

Sarah Wagner - Violin Solo

Maria Vila Ariza, Lizzie Gange, Tessa Henderson - Violin I

Annabel Kidd, Martina Silence, Magdalena Milinska - Violin II

Raphael Chinn, Aaron Morrison - Viola

Chris McVinnie, Simone Seales - Cello

Oh Panda - Street Artist

Simon Forsythe - Filmography

Beneath the Kingston Bridge sits an underused car park serving the edge of the city centre of Glasgow. Throughout lockdown it has remained an inactive space.

Alongside Lateral North and Oh Pandah we have decided to change that, taking ‘ownership’ of the space and temporarily transforming it into a ‘theatre without walls’.

 

This project poses questions around land ownership, how performing artists of different kinds can respond creatively to the pandemic, and how we can transform spaces within our cities to be vibrant, community led and design focused.

Under the Bridge
Winter


Collaboration with    After the Pandemic


Sarah Wagner - Violin Solo
Jasmine Ong - Viola
Simone Seales - Cello
Evan Dim - Guitar

Sigh - Street Artist
Simon Forsythe - Filmography

In the Summer of 2020 classical musicians and a street artist came together to perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Summer under the Kingston Bridge; transforming a car park into a performance space.

The second in this filmed series of the Four Seasons: Winter again brings together these two very different artforms; classical music and street art.

This time, street artist Sigh depicts a cold winter’s night, complimented by the notes of the violin, viola, cello and guitar, again highlighting that this space UNDER THE BRIDGE could be so much more productive, vibrant and energetic as a performance space for musicians, artists and performers than it currently is for 54 cars.

Octet in E flat major, Op.20
Felix Mendelssohn

 
Maya Iwabuchi - Violin I
Kanako Ito - Violin II
Sarah Wagner - Violin III
Javier Claudio Martinez - Violin IV
Jessica Beeston - Viola I
Marie-Sarah Daniel - Viola II
Sarah Nail - Cello I
Martin Storey - Cello II

Filmed and recorded by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Artistic Planning team, this performance marked the conservatoire's return to in-person projects after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mendelssohn's vibrant octet, written when he was only 16 years old, highlights some of the genre's most notable elements. Melodies on top of countermelodies are sent whizzing across the ensemble, made all the more exciting by the centralized camerawork.

This side-by-side project features postgraduate students from the RCS alongside members of some of Scotland's most prestigious orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Scottish Opera.

Shores

Composed by Fergus hall

Poems by Sorley MacLean

 

Cameron Nixon - Vocals

Matt Carmichael - Tenor Saxophone

Fergus McCreadie - Piano

Mark Hendry - Double Bass

Dominykas Snarskis - Drums

Fay Guiffo, Sarah Wagner, Aimée Laws, Helena Rose - Violin

Rufus Isabel Elliot, Zakia Fawcett - Viola

Keena Wildman, Sarah McWhinney - Cello

Mathew McAteer - Double Bass

Note: The following notes were provided by the composer

Shores is the debut album from Scottish composer, Fergus Hall. The album is a suite of four songs with words by Gaelic poet, Sorley MacLean (1911-1996) from the collection, Dàin do Eimhir. The album explores themes of love and longing as well as the landscape, coastline and history of the Isle of Skye. Shores brings together elements of contemporary jazz, traditional music, and contemporary classical music into one large musical work, taking influence from musicians and composers who also blur these lines such as Martyn Bennet, The Gloaming, Laura Jurd, Linda Buckley, and William Sweeney.

Produced and Edited by Fergus Hall

Mixed and mastered by Gus Stirrat

Filmed by Alexander Waddell

Instruments recorded on the 17th of December 2019 and the 8th of January 2020 by Bob Whitney in Studio A at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Vocals recorded on the 30th of October 2020 by Gus Stirrat at Solas Sound Studio, Glasgow

Cover Image - Ellis O’Connor

This album was made possible with support from the Sorley MacLean Trust and the RCS Make It Happen Fund

Permission for use of poetry by Sorley MacLean was granted by Carcanet Press