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Start 30 Sep 15:00
Sinopia Quartet

Sinopia Quartet

The Sinopia Quartet are four of Scotland's leading young string players.

Location: The Barn, Banchory

Cost: From £5

Start 5 Oct 15:30
DanceLive Warm-Up

DanceLive Warm-Up

After an open call out, the panel selected a project led by Mhairi Allan and Heather Fulton that will begin initial development in September and October this year.

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 11 Oct
End 27 Sep
DanceLive

DanceLive

Running over three weekends in October and embracing a broad programme of contemporary dance, performance and live art that celebrates creativity, diversity and experimentation within the framework of a dynamic programme of movement, dance and visual performance.

Location: Various, Aberdeen

Start 11 Oct 17:00
Brexit means Brexit!

Brexit means Brexit!

Farah Saleh and Professor Victoria Tischler are investigating the collective mental health of the residents in the UK after Brexit.

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: From £7

Start 11 Oct 19:00
End 12 Oct
DEP

DEP

The dancers in ĐẸP are nude for a purpose. Fragile and vulnerable, their nudity literally strips them bare.

Location: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Cost: From £7

Start 12 Oct 18:00
Brexit means Brexit! – Discussion

Brexit means Brexit! – Discussion

Amplified and tracked by Martyna Poznanska’s numinous score, the movement in ĐẸP depicts a ritualistic and meditative trance with no beginning and no end.

Location: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 13 Oct 10:00
End 3 Nov
Viola Exhibition

Viola Exhibition

On display throughout the festival at Aberdeen Science Centre, this exhibition illustrates how violas are created, how sound is made on them and how they are played.

Location: Aberdeen Science Centre

Cost: From £5

Start 13 Oct 19:00
It’s Okay, I’m dealing with it

It’s Okay, I’m dealing with it

Cristina and Chess have both experienced smashing their two front teeth. It affected them and got them thinking.

Location: Citymoves Studio, Aberdeen

Cost: From £7

Start 13 Oct 19:30
Dancing Along the Borderline

Dancing Along the Borderline

A multi-arts event, Dancing Along the Borderline features a live dance trio, a documentary short and a Q&A.

Location: The Barn, Banchory

Cost: From £5

Start 14 Oct
End 16 Oct
Go Compose! 2018

Go Compose! 2018

Go Compose! is a 3-day composition course for young composers!

Location: The Barn, Banchory

Start 18 Oct 19:00
Dance Double Bill 1: How to Survive the Future & Curated Moments

Dance Double Bill 1: How to Survive the Future & Curated Moments

Double Bill have earned a reputation as the must-see of the festival; early booking recommended as these shows have a tendency to sell-out.

Location: Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Cost: From £7

Start 19 Oct 19:00
Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

Based in Aberdeen, Éowyn Emerald is a critically acclaimed dancer/choreographer whose work is notable for its musicality, nuance, and emotional depth.

Location: Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Cost: From £7

Start 19 Oct 21:00
Dance Double Bill 2: Just Another Dog Barking & Bubble

Dance Double Bill 2: Just Another Dog Barking & Bubble

Choreographer Aaron Jeffrey presents ‘Just Another Dog Barking’ performed by the Flesh Collective company.

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: From £7

Start 20 Oct 12:00
Professional Workshop with Suzi Cunningham

Professional Workshop with Suzi Cunningham

Suzi leads professionals (students welcome) through a Butoh and Physical Theatre inspired dance class.

Location: Citymoves Studio, Aberdeen

Cost: £7

Start 20 Oct 19:00
Youth & Graduate Dance Platform

Youth & Graduate Dance Platform

Featuring work from Fusion Youth Dance Company, Lothian Youth Dance Company and Dance North, and graduate performers: Niamh OLoughin, Jemma Stein, & Taylor Han.

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: From £7

Start 23 Oct
End 27 Oct
Other times, other places (installation)

Other times, other places (installation)

reated by Christopher Fox, Other times, other places gathers sounds rather than stone circles to create a sound installation that is also the setting for live performances of composed and improvised music.

Location: The Barn, Banchory

Cost: Free

Start 23 Oct 19:30
End 27 Oct
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century.

Location: His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Cost: Varies

Start 23 Oct 20:00
Maxwell Quartet

Maxwell Quartet

Haydn Quartet in E flat op. 71 no. 3. Joey RoukensVisions at Sea. Beethoven Quartet in B flat op. 130

Location: Acorn Centre, Inverurie

Cost: From £1

Start 24 Oct
End 4 Nov
sound

sound

Asonic adventure, sound takes audiences on a journey of discovery exploring new music in unique and iconic venues

Location: Various Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Start 24 Oct 19:00
Other times, other places (performance)

Other times, other places (performance)

Created by composer Christopher Fox, it gathers sounds rather than stones to create a sound installation that is also the setting for live performances. There will be a soundconversation with Christopher Fox after the performance.

Location: The Barn, Banchory

Cost: From £6

Start 25 Oct
End 26 Oct
A String Section

A String Section

A String Section started as one of these works, a simple set of 5 chairs, 5 women and 5 saws.

Location: TBC

Cost: Free

Start 25 Oct 12:45
Matthew Schellhorn (piano)

Matthew Schellhorn (piano)

Pianist Matthew Schellhorn presents a varied programme of new works from British and Irish composers including the Scottish premiere of Diana Burrell’s Pentecost.

Location: Aberdeen Citadel

Cost: Free

Start 25 Oct 18:00
Diana Burrell Portrait Concert

Diana Burrell Portrait Concert

Diana Burrell is here on her 70th birthday to share her music through performance and discussion. The concert will also include a new piece by Scott Bathgate (University of Aberdeen Carlaw / Ogston Composition prize winner 2018).

Location: King's College Chapel

Cost: From £5

Start 25 Oct 18:00
Community Workshop with Oona Doherty

Community Workshop with Oona Doherty

Oona Doherty leads a Project Strive community workshop, followed by a performance.

Location: Citymoves Studio, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 Oct 20:00
Graeme Stephen: Letters for Peace

Graeme Stephen: Letters for Peace

The premiere of a new work by composer and guitarist Graeme Stephen for guitar and string trio inspired by letters written by conscientious objectors who refused conscription to fight during the First World War.

Start 26 Oct
End 27 Oct
SHUT DOWN

SHUT DOWN

SHUT DOWN explores the spectrum of modern day masculinity and investigates the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a man.

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: From £7

Start 26 Oct 10:00
Masterclass with Matthew Schellhorn and Diana Burrell

Masterclass with Matthew Schellhorn and Diana Burrell

A masterclass with pianist Matthew Schellhorn, composer Diana Burrell and students from the University of Aberdeen Music Department.

Location: MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 Oct 10:00
Artist Advice Surgeries

Artist Advice Surgeries

Bush Hartshorn, Head of Catalyst at Dancebase, Edinburgh, will be continuing his offer of Artist Advice Surgeries.

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 Oct 11:00
Professional Workshop with Oona Doherty

Professional Workshop with Oona Doherty

Oona Doherty, Professional Workshop

Location: Citymoves Studio, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 Oct 13:10
Nordic Viola

Nordic Viola

Nordic Viola was formed in 2016 during RSNO violist Katherine Wren’s journey around the North Atlantic. Inspired by the extreme seasonality of the north, this afternoon’s programme takes you on a tour of the Faroes, Greenland, Iceland and Shetland.

Location: St Machar's Cathedral, Aberdeen

Cost: From £5

Start 26 Oct 18:00
Oona Doherty

Oona Doherty

Hope Hunting lies between the lines of physical theatre, social proclamation and dance.

Location: Citymoves Studio, Aberdeen

Cost: From £7

Start 26 Oct 19:00
Red Note Ensemble with Garth Knox (viola d'amore)

Red Note Ensemble with Garth Knox (viola d'amore)

Leading violist, Garth Knox, returns to his childhood hometown of Aberdeen to premiere a new work by Franco-Argentinian composer, Oscar Strasnoy, with Red Note, Scotland’s foremost new music ensemble.

Location: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 26 Oct 19:30
Matthew Schellhorn (piano) @ Newton Dee

Matthew Schellhorn (piano) @ Newton Dee

Pianist Matthew Schellhorn presents works by leading contemporary composers alongside a work by Messaien and the world premiere of a newly discovered piece by Herbert Howells (1892-1983).

Location: Phoenix Centre, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 26 Oct 21:00
Spikker

Spikker

Featuring local musicians, Spikker is a collaborative work which re-imagines the songs and stories of the North-east of Scotland using the mediums of voice, text and electronic music.

Location: Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen

Cost: £6

Start 27 Oct
The Science of Strings, an interactive workshop with Yann Seznec

The Science of Strings, an interactive workshop with Yann Seznec

How is a sound made when a bow is pulled across a viola string? Find out in this fun and interactive workshop on the science of strings.

Location: Aberdeen Science Centre

Cost: From £5

Start 27 Oct
Curated Moments, Duet

Curated Moments, Duet

Katie Milroy Dance presents a selection from Curated Moments. A duet popping-up in the city centre for all to enjoy.

Location: On street performances, city centre locations

Start 27 Oct 10:00
Promenade Concert

Promenade Concert

A family-friendly promenade concert, starting with rowies before progressing through Aberdeen Maritime Museum to discover three short new music performances.

Location: Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Cost: Free

Sound
Start 27 Oct 12:00
Red Note Ensemble

Red Note Ensemble

Red Note, premiere five new works for flute, viola and cello by Scottish-based women composers Lisa Robertson, Aileen Sweeney, Electra Perivolaris, Lucy Hollingworth, and Sarah Rimkus.

Location: St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 Oct 13:00
50:50 Equal opportunities for composers

50:50 Equal opportunities for composers

Composer Lucy Hollingworth is joined by fellow composers to lead a discussion on equal opportunities for composers.

Location: St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 Oct 13:45
Sounds Like Aberdeen

Sounds Like Aberdeen

A guided walk from St Andrew’s Cathedral to King’s College Chapel, using the [M]apping Aberdeen walking app and taking in some sonically and musically rich sites of interest along the way.

Location: St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 Oct 15:00
Kairos

Kairos

New Aberdeen ensemble, Kairos, bring together a collection of chamber music as a meditation on the realities of war.

Location: King's College Chapel, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 27 Oct 16:00
Labyrinth

Labyrinth

How do we occupy and build space-inside the body and in a place? What can we see and hear through the permeable membrane of the skin?

Location: On street performance, Belmont Street

Cost: Free

Start 27 Oct 18:00
Red Note Ensemble: Aeolian

Red Note Ensemble: Aeolian

Composer Maja Ratkje and installation artist Kathy Hinde collaborated to create a hybrid piece where newly invented aeolian instruments are fully integrated within an acoustic ensemble.

Location: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 27 Oct 19:00
Reckless Sleepers: A String Section

Reckless Sleepers: A String Section

Five women, each with a handsaw and chair, engage in a slow dance with destruction as they saw the legs off the chairs.

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 27 Oct 19:00
Reckless Sleepers & Closing Party!

Reckless Sleepers & Closing Party!

Closing night of the DanceLive Festival 2018 features live performance by Claricia Kruithof, Katie Milroy Dance and Reckless Sleepers; A String Section. Presented in association with soundfestival

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: From £7

Start 27 Oct 21:00
Reeds, keys and electronics with Kate Halsall (keyboards and electronics)

Reeds, keys and electronics with Kate Halsall (keyboards and electronics)

Tonight pianist Kate Halsall presents an inventive programme of electroacoustic and mixed media works for solo keyboards by diverse UK composers.

Location: Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 28 Oct 10:00
Viola day with Garth Knox

Viola day with Garth Knox

Viola players of all ages and standards (beginners are welcome too) are invited to take part in a multi-viola ensemble under the expert guidance of Garth Knox.

Location: Phoenix Centre, Aberdeen

Start 28 Oct 11:30
Do Whales Sing? with James Turnbull

Do Whales Sing? with James Turnbull

Can you hear a whale under water? Find out in this interactive family-friendly concert as we delve into the underwater world of whales.

Location: Banff Castle, Aberdeenshire

Cost: Free

Start 29 Oct 19:00
In Place (Stonehaven)

In Place (Stonehaven)

Following a successful tour of the UK, In Place makes a welcome return to soundfestivalfor a mini-tour of Aberdeenshire.

Location: St Bridget's Hall, Stonehaven

Cost: From £6

Start 30 Oct 18:00
In Place (Portsoy)

In Place (Portsoy)

Following a successful tour of the UK, In Place makes a welcome return to soundfestivalfor a mini-tour of Aberdeenshire.

Location: The Salmon Bothy, Portsoy

Cost: From £6

Start 31 Oct 18:00
In Place (Glenbuchat)

In Place (Glenbuchat)

Following a successful tour of the UK, In Place makes a welcome return to soundfestivalfor a mini-tour of Aberdeenshire.

Location: Glenbuchat Village Hall, Aberdeenshire

Cost: From £6

Start 31 Oct 20:00
The Night With... Turning the Elements

The Night With... Turning the Elements

The Night With… makes its Aberdeen debut tonight at BrewDog. Enjoy a craft beer while listening to new music from Turning the Elements.

Location: BrewDog Castlegate, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 1 Nov 12:45
Garth Knox (viola/viola d'amore)

Garth Knox (viola/viola d'amore)

Aberdeen-raised viola player and composer, Garth Knox, continues his residency at soundfestival with a lunchtime recital.

Location: Aberdeen Citadel

Cost: Free

Start 1 Nov 18:00
In Place (Braemar)

In Place (Braemar)

Following a successful tour of the UK, In Place makes a welcome return to soundfestivalfor a mini-tour of Aberdeenshire.

Location: St Margaret's, Braemar

Cost: From £6

Start 1 Nov 18:00
Ensemble 2e2m

Ensemble 2e2m

A world premiere - a new music ensemble from France.

Location: King's College Chapel, Aberdeen

Cost: From £5

Start 1 Nov 20:00
New Voices with Pete Stollery (sound diffusion)

New Voices with Pete Stollery (sound diffusion)

This concert features music by women composers of electroacoustic music.

Location: King's College Chapel, Aberdeen

Cost: From £5

Start 2 Nov 10:00
Spem In Alium

Spem In Alium

Spem In Alium, one of Thomas Tallis’ most beautiful works, was originally written in 1570 for eight choirs of five voices.

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 2 Nov 10:00
Masterclass with Ensemble 2e2m

Masterclass with Ensemble 2e2m

An open masterclass with musicians from Ensemble 2e2m who specialise in the interpretation of 20th and 21st century works.

Location: MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 2 Nov 13:10
New Music for Organ with Dr Roger B. Williams, M.B.E

New Music for Organ with Dr Roger B. Williams, M.B.E

This annual recital by Dr Roger B. Williams is dedicated to new organ works by contemporary women composers, and includes a new work by Aberdeen-based composer Sarah Rimkus.

Location: St Machar's Cathedral, Aberdeen

Cost: From £5

Start 2 Nov 18:00
AllWays

AllWays

AllWays, French duo Claire Merlet and Alain Huteau, take you on a musical and poetic journey in this concert.

Location: St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 2 Nov 19:15
Icebreaker: System Restart

Icebreaker: System Restart

Known for laser focus, precision and intensity, Icebreaker performs music appealing to contemporary classical, rock and alternative music audiences alike.

Location: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 2 Nov 21:00
Late night soundsessions: Viola and Electronics

Late night soundsessions: Viola and Electronics

Enjoy new music in the relaxed Belmont Filmhouse basement bar.

Location: Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen

Cost: £6

Start 3 Nov 10:00
Spem In Alium

Spem In Alium

Spem In Alium, one of Thomas Tallis’ most beautiful works, was originally written in 1570 for eight choirs of five voices.

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 3 Nov 10:30
Composers' Day: composing for viola and community musicians

Composers' Day: composing for viola and community musicians

This year’s composers’ day focuses on writing for our endangered instrument, the viola, and for community groups.

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: £10

Start 3 Nov 12:00
Viola Viola

Viola Viola

This concert features Sally Beamish performing in her own new work for six violas, commissioned by sound to be performed alongside Garth Knox’s work Ockeghem Fantasy for viola d’amore and five violas.

Location: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 3 Nov 15:00
Any Enemy (North East New Music Ensemble)

Any Enemy (North East New Music Ensemble)

World premiere. Local musicians have come together to form a small new music ensemble based in Aberdeen.

Location: Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 3 Nov 18:00
Jillian Bain Christie (soprano)

Jillian Bain Christie (soprano)

Aberdeen soprano Jillian Bain Christie presents a programme of new music from Aberdeen University music staff, students, graduates and alumni.

Location: St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 3 Nov 21:00
Ensemble Klang: Monsters and Miniatures

Ensemble Klang: Monsters and Miniatures

To celebrate John De Simone’s third and final year as sound’s Composer-in-Residence, leading Dutch contemporary music group Ensemble Klang will premiere a major new work.

Location: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Cost: From £6

Start 3 Nov 21:00
Late night soundsessions: festival closing party

Late night soundsessions: festival closing party

Local musicians will be joined by others performing at the festival for a further performance of Gavin Bryars’Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, Scott Dickinson (viola) will be performing Eddie McGuire’sMartyr.

Location: Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen

Cost: £6

Start 4 Nov 15:00
Ian Watt (guitar) and Paul Livingston (viola)

Ian Watt (guitar) and Paul Livingston (viola)

Ian Watt and Paul Livingston, two acclaimed graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, present a beautifully crafted programme for guitar and viola.

Location: The Barn, Banchory

Cost: From £5



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