Local project shortlisted in Scottish Awards for New Music 2019

The score from Incredible Distance

Incredible Distance, An audio visual exhibition created by local people as part of a project by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and WHALE Arts Agency has been shortlisted in the Scottish Awards for New Music 2019, in the Community/Education Category.


Incredible Distance was a creative and collaborative arts project with adults living in Wester Hailes which formed part of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s three-year residency in the area. An open invitation was made to adults living locally and, over six weeks of sessions at WHALE Arts working in collaboration with composer Suzanne Parry and workshop leader Emma Smith, participants created an original audio-visual installation which explores the sonic and visual identity of Wester Hailes, capturing snapshots of daily life through the collection of found sound, imagery, film and original musical composition. Material was gathered using only to hand (mobile phones and cameras), and through a process of capturing music making workshop activities on handheld recorder.The workshop process yielded two out comes:

1) A 12 minute film
An intricate tapestry of found sound; part tone poem, part dreamscape, which loosely reflects 24 hours in the life of Wester Hailes.

2) A set of miniatures
4 x 30 second portraits of sounds the participants felt a common bond over; Rainfall, Ice Cream Van, Transport, Birdsong. The sounds were examined, scored and recreated using piano, double bass, clarinet and percussion.

The exhibition was installed at the Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition (23/12/2019), at WHALE Arts between 22/1/2019 – 9/2/2019 and the Fruitmarket Gallery between 12/2/2019 – 16/2/2019.

The other projects shortlisted in the Community/Education Category with Incredible Distance are Get Composing by Sound Festival and Lost at Sea by East Neuk Festival.

The awards ceremony will take place on the 13th May in Drygate, Glasgow. Tickets for the ceremony along with a three course meal are available now for £30 for full price.

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