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Soundfestival 2023 – Northern Connection

Join us for the Northern Connection concert at soundfestival 2023!
For the opening day of soundfestival 2023, Red Note is premiering ‘Flaskepost‘  a new work by Norwegian composer and interdisciplinary artist Tine Surel Lange. This new work is part of Northern Connection, a new and innovative project that aims to connect Nordic countries and Scotland by establishing and strengthening liaisons between composers, ensembles and festivals in contemporary music.

Flaskepost — message in a bottle — is inspired by the ocean connecting Scotland and Norway. Based on field recordings made in the Lofoten archipelago in Northern Norway (where Tine is based) the piece is diving into the depths of the ocean, exploring the musical potential of the ocean itself as well as imagining the creatures and other things you can encounter in the depths. The piece also reflects on the ocean as pathway, both for human travel throughout the times but also for enormous amounts of plastic waste that with the Gulf Stream end up in Lofoten from all over the world. 

We will also perform ‘Light and Matter’, an homage to composer Kaija Saariaho, who sadly passed away earlier this year, and ‘metamold’ by Canadian composer Bekah Simms.  

Tine Surel Lange Flaskepost (World Premiere)
Bekah Simms metamold
Kaija Saariaho Light and Matter 

Red Note Ensemble
Ruth Morley, flute (bass, c, alto)/ solo flute
Tim Lines, clarinet/bass clarinet
Tom Hunter, percussion
Simon Smith, piano
Jackie Shave, violin
Christian Elliott, cello

Matthew Swan, electronics

Geoffrey Paterson, conductor


Northern Connection is a partnership project between Music Finland, Musica nova Helsinki and defunensemble (Finland), Music Norway, Ultima Festival and Ensemble Temporum (Norway), Scottish Music Centre, soundfestival and Red Note Ensemble (Scotland)


25 October, 2023 - 18:00 to 19:00

The Lemon Tree

Aberdeen - AB24 5AT

Cost: Free – £12
Five Scottish-based composers have been selected to participate in a development opportunity with Red Note and sound and will showcase their work at soundfestival 2023.

Our players Mark O’Keeffe and Sasha Savaloni perform 5 new works written for trumpet and guitar by Scottish composers Mingdu Li, Reese Carly Manglicmot, Kate Sagovsky, Max Syedtollan, and Stephen Chase, resulting from a 3-month composer development opportunity supported by composer Karen Power.

The event is free but ticketed

Red Note Ensemble 
Mark O’Keeffe, trumpet
Sasha Savaloni, guitar
This development opportunity is part of the soundcreators programme which focuses on nurturing creative talent, and is organised in partnership with sound and Red Note.


26 October, 2023 - 15:00 to 15:30

The Big Sky Studio, Music Hall
Union Street
Aberdeen - AB10 1QS
Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

Cost: Free
Join us for the premiere of audiovisual artist Kathy Hinde’s new children show, FLOCK.

We’re delighted to premiere FLOCK, a show for children aged 4 to 8, that we co-commissioned along sound. 

FLOCK is a show created for children aged 4 to 8.Opening with a sonically and visually captivating performance by the musicians, the children are then gently encouraged to become part of the piece until, through their collective efforts, a chirruping, chattering musical flock comes into being.

Recommended for children aged 4-8.

There will be 4 performances
   – Fri 27 Oct, 1o:00-10:45
   – Fri 27 Oct, 11:30-12:15
   – Sat 28 Oct, 1o:00-10:45
   – Sat 28 Oct, 11:30-12:15

Kathy Hinde, Artist 

Matt Addicott, Dramaturg

Red Note Ensemble
Ruth Morley, Flute
Duncan Strachan, Cello 
Tom Hunter, Percussion

Elle Taylor, Production Manager

FLOCK is co-commissioned by sound and Red Note Ensemble


27 October, 2023 - 10:00
28 October, 2023 - 12:15

Anatomy Rooms
Shoe Lane
Aberdeen - AB10 1AL

Cost: Free – £4
Our players perform new works developed for them by young composers from North-East secondary schools.

Our players, Ruth, Fiona and Tom perform new works developed for them by young composers from North-East secondary schools as part of the Go Compose! course earlier in October. 

The event is free but ticketed. 

Go Compose! is a composition course for young composers aged 13-18 and in full time education and is a unique opportunity to work with professional composers and our musicians during a 3-day course ran in partnership with sound

Over 3 days you the participants create their own, original piece of music with the help of professional contemporary composers Bekah Simms and Elise Haller-Shannon

Red Note Ensemble
Ruth Morley, flute
Fiona Winning, viola
Tom Hunter, percussion


27 October, 2023 - 15:30 to 16:00

The Big Sky Studio, Music Hall
Union Street
Aberdeen - AB10 1QS
Aberdeenshire United Kingdom

Cost: Free
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