Orkney landscape: photo Sue Watts
Orkney landscape: photo Sue Watts

This summer CoMA Summer School went to a new location. We chose Orkney for its connections with new music through the St Magnus International Festival and Peter Maxwell Davies. Our objective was to create music-based resposnes to specific landscape, history and culture and to present these responses to local audiences through a diversity of concert experiences.

It was our second largest summer school, more than 200 local people attended our six public events and new CoMA ensembles are being established in Orkney and Glasgow. We provided opportunituies for two young graduate musicians and consolidated our partnership with the Hebrides Ensemble. A wealth of music created and performed in response to our Orkney experiences.

The following photographs give a flavour of the Summer School.

The string orchestra playing Bee Haven by James Weeks: photo Kirstin Schilling
The string orchestra playing Bee Haven by James Weeks: photo Kirstin Schilling
The final concert in St Magnus Cathedral: photo Jennifer Martin
The final concert in St Magnus Cathedral: photo Jennifer Martin
The Refugee Chorus perform Exile by Niels Rondsholdt, directed by Lore Lixenberg: photo Janet Oates
The Refugee Chorus perform Exile by Niels Rondsholdt, directed by Lore Lixenberg: photo Janet Oates
Performance from Hollie Harding's workshop - The Physicality of Sound: photo Mick Kahn
Performance from Hollie Harding's workshop - The Physicality of Sound: photo Mick Kahn
Rolf Hind performing in a tribute to Peter Maxwell Davies in  Stromness Town Hall: photo Mick Kahn
Rolf Hind performing in a tribute to Peter Maxwell Davies in Stromness Town Hall: photo Mick Kahn
Recording Stone Sounds at Stennes Stones: photo Linda Leroy
Recording Stone Sounds at Stennes Stones: photo Linda Leroy
Stone Sounds performance in St Magnus Cathedral: photo Linda Leroy
Stone Sounds performance in St Magnus Cathedral: photo Linda Leroy
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