Watching Over You with Karen Cargill

KAREN CARGILL PHOTO CREDIT K K DUNDASWatching Over You, the premiere of a new song cycle by Scottish composer Rory Boyle, setting a specially-written set of poems by Dilys Rose for Scottish Mezzo Soprano Karen Cargill and Red Note Ensemble. The seven songs tell, in honest first-person detail, of the joys and trials of early motherhood.

Based around the experience of first-time motherhood, it’s not intended as a through narrative but instead focuses on a series of different stages and situations, and their accompanying moods and emotions, that a new mother might experience at different points in her child’s development. These range from the realisation that your life is about to change irrevocably to post-natal blues, from the joy of holding a newborn baby in your arms to the crippling doubts and fears when nursing a sick child through the night, from singing a child to sleep to waving goodbye at the school gates.

19 – 20 May 7.30pm
Watching Over You with Karen Cargill
St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow and Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Red Note Ensemble conducted by Jean-Claude Picard
Tickets £15 (£10 concession)

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Photo credit KK Dundas


Four Scottish Premieres from Red Note and JAM

Red Note and JAM are collaborating to give four premieres across Scotland 14-20 February in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St. Andrews.

JAM’s Scottish choral performances feature the united throng of University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir, St Andrews University Chapel Choir and Edinburgh University Chamber Choir accompanied by Red Note, Tom Wilkinson (organ) and feature Andrew Dickinson (tenor), conducted by Michael Bawtree.

JAM will give the world premiere of its choral commission from Phillip Cooke, who in January takes up residency at Aberdeen University.

The tour also features Scottish premieres of works by Judith Bingham and Julian Philips. The Hythe by Bingham, written for 11 strings, was commissioned by JAM this summer in celebration of her 60th birthday as a partner piece to her Jacob’s Ladder.

Leading light on the Scottish composition scene Rory Boyle’s stunning Tallis’s Light will also feature in the programme.

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