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Nordic Viola

"[a] quietly pioneering project" - David Kettle - The Scotsman

David Kettle - The Scotsman

These are fine musicians with strength of fingerwork, bowing and imagination shaping every phrase: there was so much to learn from watching them in performance. The 2nd half took us off to Iceland and to Greenland with such beauty and power of description of ice-bound scenery and powder-blue skies that I for one was ready to stow away on that cruise liner at Hatson for the Magic of the Arctic tour

Robin Barr - The Orcadian

Flexible Ensemble (variable number of performers)

Instrumentation

  • Katherine Wren - Viola
  • David Martin - Viola
  • Helen Brew/Janet Larsson - Flute
  • David Hubbard - Bassoon
  • Anne Bünemann - Violin
  • Emily Nenniger - Violin
  • Laura Sergeant/Ruth Rowlands - Cello
  • Robert Digney - Clarinet
  • Paul Sutherland - Double Bass
  • Arnhildur Valgarðsdóttir - Piano

Repertoire

We are a flexible ensemble ranging from solo viola to 7 players and can tailor our repertoire according to venue size and budget.

Our current programmes include:

A journey around the North Atlantic - music from the Northern Isles to Greenland - Flute/Bassoon/Viola

Sagas and Seascapes - exploring shared stories and landscapes of the North Atlantic - 4-7 players from fl/cl/quartet/double bass

Histories and Herstories - the North Atlantic viewed through the eyes of women composers - String Quartet

Birds and Landscapes of the North - Flute and Viola

Fees vary from £200 for solo viola to £1400 for septet - please contact me and we can discuss requirements

Biography

Founded in 2016, Nordic Viola is a flexible ensemble of woodwind and string players based in Dunblane and forming musical and cultural connections in the North Atlantic Region with an emphasis on contemporary music and its relationship with traditional forms.

Nordic Viola, described by The Scotsman as a “quietly pioneering project,” has performed in the Faroes (Summartónar Festival 2018), Iceland (with Charles Ross in the renowned contemporary arts venue Mengi in Reykjavik and in Slátarhusið, Egilsstaðir) and Greenland. They are frequent visitors to the Northern Isles and have also played throughout mainland Scotland including soundfestival in Aberdeen 2018 and 2021 and the RSNO Chamber Series in January 2018.

In 2019 and 2020 the ensemble was shortlisted for the Scottish Awards for New Music “Making it Happen” award and founder Katherine Wren was highly commended in the 2020 Royal Philharmonic Society/ABO Salomon Prize

In 2020, Nordic Viola produced their first digital concert for OISF and UHI Institute of Northern Studies and have also recorded performances for the RCS/RSE Art-Making in the Anthropocene Series and the Scottish New Music Awards 2021.

In 2021 Nordic Viola toured Orkney and Shetland and on the Scottish Mainland appeared in Dunblane, at Arbroath 2020+1 and made a return visit to soundfestival in Aberdeen. In 2022 Nordic Viola will be appearing in the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase at the Fringe. They will also perform in Iceland and Orkney.

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