Participate 2012

Taking part is an important part of sound and this year is no exception, ranging from creative workshops inspired by borrowed sounds from the city and mountains, composition workshops for young people, creating an opera in a day, alongside discussions, masterclasses and soundgeneration – do join in!

soundgeneration is a programme of workshops, events and mentoring opportunities, allowing young people between 12 and 26 from the North East of Scotland to develop their contemporary performance and composing skills. For more information:


Sounding Drawing Exhibition

Sounding Drawing Workshops

20 & 21 October @ 10.30 am – 12.30 pm Through two mirroring workshops, we will work with participants to explore individual responses to visual ‘scores’ or score-like drawings and to embodied sounds and musical patterns. This experimental process has the potential to surprise and go beyond the initial intentions and materials, creating new work […]

Red Note Ensemble

Go Compose

24 – 26 October @ 10 am – 5 pm Go Compose! is an intensive composition project for young composers aged 13–18 who are still at school. It’s a unique opportunity to work with professional composers and musicians to create your own, original piece of music, which will be performed in the Red Note Ensemble’s […]

© Nick Rawle

Matilda’s Music and Mountains

26 – 28 October @ 10 am – 5 pm Matilda Brown‘s deep connection with wilderness landscape is inherent to her music. This three-day event is for anybody inspired by walking in mountainous landscapes with a love for music. You will be able to create your own music or song in response to a day […]

Pete Stollery

Sound Sites launch

Sound Sites is an exciting new participatory public art project commissioned from composer Pete Stollery by Aberdeen City Council. In our busy lives we have a tendency to block out or ignore many of the sounds around us and Sound Sites aims to reintroduce people to the rich sensorial experience that the city offers. Using […]

John Harris

Opera unpicked

A morning of workshops on writing for opera and one-to-one with professional composers including Pippa Murphy, Gareth Williams and John Harris. Download the full details: Opera Unpicked Programme (pdf). Contact [email protected] for details and bookings.

Alex Reedijk

Opera unpicked

Discussions about composing for opera and the future of opera led by Scottish Opera General Director Alex Reedijk with composers of works performed during the weekend. Download the full details: Opera Unpicked Programme (pdf).

Re:Sound - Bird Rain

Re:Sound – postponed

Unfortunately the Re:Sound workshop and performance scheduled to take place on Sunday 4th November 2012 have had to be postponed. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause, and we hope to announce an alternative date in the near future. *** Re:Sound an Opera about sounds 4 November @ 10 am – 5.30 pm (performance […]

Steve King.

Improvisation Workshop

11 November @  10 am – 4 pm * In a relaxed and informal atmosphere, join Steve King to experience the perfect introduction to improvisation and working in an ensemble. The workshop is open to orchestral musicians who have reached grade 5+. Please fill in and return this booking form to take part in the […]

© Mark Summers

What’s The Score

17 November @ 10 am – 4 pm 18 November @ 10 am – 3 pm,  preview @ 5 pm For younger fans of music, the University Music Prize weekend will also see the re-launch of What’s the Score. Young people aged 12–18 who are fans of music and film are encouraged to sign up […]