Music Planet presents 'New Sounds of Nature'

  • Williams, B. (Participant)
  • Janik, V. (Participant)
  • Alex Carroll (Participant)
  • Emily Doolittle (Participant)
  • Downes, M. (Participant)
  • Margaret Hyland (Participant)
  • Eleonore Schönmaier (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in or organising a public festival/exhibition/event


St Andrews New Music Ensemble performed the world premiere of Emily Doolittle’s Conversation, a setting for soprano and ensemble of a poem of the same name by Eleonore Schönmaier. The piece explores the contours, textures and melodies that arise when grey seals howl when they are hauled out on the land. Completing the programme is a rare performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Birds which sets the poetry of Kenneth Steven and John Barbour. Featuring Catherine Hooper (soprano) and Judy Brown (mezzo soprano) and conducted by Bede Williams and Michael Downes.

Emily Doolittle’s Conversation was researched with funding from the Culture and Animals Foundation and commissioned by Bede Williams with funds from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Doolittle worked closely with Vincent Janik and Alex Carroll of the Sea Mammal Research Unit in development of this piece, incorporating aspects of their research into grey seal soundscapes into her composition.
Period21 Feb 2018
Event typeOther
LocationSt Andrews, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational