World premier-Stirling castle
This evening got off to a rocky start.
It was not clear whether the musical event at Stirling castle would be inside or out.
One website says its on the esplanade (outdoors) another that the doors open 6.45.
It’s raining. If we had not already purchased tickets we would not have gone.
And what an amazing experience we would have missed.
Two world premiers of new music by two young women composers with the Cappella Nova, a group that champions Scotland’s unique treasury of early vocal music.
The entrants were required to set the three words ‘dona nobis pacem’ (grant us peace) to a short musical piece that reflects the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War 1 and also the centenary of women’s suffrage
Joanna Gill (pictured) was the winner in this competition for female composers with Lisa Robertson (see extra) the runner up.
Both pieces were contemporary yet had its roots deep in the tradition of medieval music.
The event took place in the Royal Chapel, ( see extra photo) the very place where the music, apart from the two new pieces, would have been performed nearly 600 years ago in exactly the same setting.
PS. The work will be performed again at the Edinburgh Festival.
Listen Cappella Nova