Wirds an Soonds workshop: Composing for text and cello

September 24, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

sound and the University of Aberdeen WORD Centre for Creative Writing present:


Wirds an Soonds workshop: Composing for text and cello

Sunday 27th October 10am-4.30pm

University of Aberdeen


An opportunity for composers based in Scotland



For this year’s soundfestival, sound has co-commissioned new works for two cellos and text from composers Laura Bowler and Frédéric Pattar.


Following on from the world premiere of the works at a concert entitled “We Need to Talk” on the 26th October, there will be a workshop led by composer Laura Bowler and French cellist Noémi Boutin on composing for cello and text. Over the course of the day composers will learn about writing for spoken text and music, and will work in small groups with a cellist and a writer from North East Scotland (writing in Doric) to start creating new work.


This workshop day is part of a bigger project which will also include work in schools. It is possible that there may be follow-ups for composers working in schools or completing a new work to be performed at a later date (this is not confirmed yet).



How to Apply

There are only four composer places available, so the composers will be selected upon application. Please thus send the following information by email to admin@sound-scotland.co.uk:

  • some information about yourself (biography/CV including your date of birth);
  • a short paragraph detailing your motivation for taking part;
  • a couple of examples of pieces you have already written (either score or recording).

The deadline for applications is the 10th October.


There is no cost to take part but participants will be responsible for organizing their own travel and accommodation if not based in Aberdeen, and will be expected to attend the “We need to talk” concert on Saturday 26th October at 7pm at the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen.


We will let you know if you have been selected by 15th October 2019.


If you have any questions or need further information please contact admin@sound-scotland.co.uk or phone 01330 826526.