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GEILT (2019)

(for orchestra: 2flute.2oboe.2clarinet.2bassoon; 2altosax.2trumpet.2Frenchhorn.1trombone; strings)

variable duration, approx. 7-20 minutes

Commissioned by the Nevis Ensemble for their Summer Tour of the Hebrides, 2019.

Summer Isles (Am I); Soay (Offering); Thumbs (Two Fingers); The Haar (Absence); West Coast (Grazed Elbows); Zekari Pass (Bruised Wrists); Assynt (Seen From Afar); Hecla (The Witch); Glen Brittle (I am with you…); Sweeney (If I show my heels); Raasay (Listening to the surge on the stony shore); Escape from Inverie (Astray); Tabatskuri (Rubble); From the Black Sea (Kalashnikov); The Atlantic Ocean (Rotten Spring Tide); Hecla (Passed By); Loch Coruisk (A Prayer For A Breeze); Ullapool Sea Wall (Morning)


Photo by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

During the tour, GEILT was performed at:

Craiginsh Hall, Craignish Penninsula 

Oban High School, Oban

Eriskay Community Hall, Eriskay

Bailvanich School, Benbecula

Uist Community Riding School, North Uist

Lochmaddy Community Hall, North Uist

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, North Uist

St Clement’s Church, Harris

The Street, St Kilda 

Harris Tweed Hebrides, Lewis 

Callanis Standing Stones, Lewis 

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye 

Nan MacKay Community Hall, Glasgow 

I have also had the pleasure of writing about my experience of working on GEILT and taking it around the North West with the Nevis Ensemble for...


...the Nevis Blog, featuring sounds I recorded during the orchestra's journey:


...and the Wandering Academic blog, with additional historical background on some of the places GEILT was played:

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