Blairgowrie Advertiser

Chamber music night in Blair


An acclaimed composer and a national body for chamber music will be stopping off in Blairgowri­e as part of a nationwide tour later this year.

Gareth Williams and members of Chamber Music Scotland are due to entertain in Blairgowri­e Town Hall on Sunday, October 9.

The performanc­e is being held in conjunctio­n with the area’s BOOKMARK literary festival.

Titled ‘Songs From the Last Page’, the tour has been described as an “ambitious new song-writing project that celebrates Scottish writers and the world of stories” as part of the wider Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.

Supported by EventScotl­and and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, it includes original songs in both Gaelic and Scots designed to “transform iconic moments from beloved books into inspiring soundscape­s for new audiences to enjoy”, according to a spokespers­on for the 10-date tour.

Irishman Williams said: “With this project we want to evoke and celebrate the spell that every reader knows – that feeling as you finish the last line of a book – and hold on to it.

“Stories are vital to every part of Scotland and every community has its own tales to tell.

“We will be visiting cities, towns and villages across Scotland this year, and adding to our collection of songs with unique compositio­ns inspired by local writers and stories.

“From ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ to ‘Duck Feet’, this project is all about celebratin­g the best of our historic and modern storyeller­s.”

Williams will be joined on the tour by Skye Gaelic singer Deirdre Graham and traditiona­l Scots folk singer Lori Watson, who have both been speciallyc­ommissione­d to contribute a Scottish language song to the project.

They will be performing alongside musicians including Katrina Lee, Aisling O’Dea, Stewart Webster and Justyna Jablonska.

For more informatio­n, see www. chambermus­

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