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Sequoia

Cromarty and Rickards performed with nuance and composure, both of them unshowy and deeply musical players.

Kate Molleson, The Herald

I have found my own interactions with TRANSPLANTED to be unexpectedly thought-provoking, and it’s been energy-giving to have worked directly with the performers through all stages of the commissioning and composing process.

Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music

Duo - Instrumental

Instrumentation

  • Alice Rickards - Violin

Repertoire

*NEW PROJECT* WATER MUSIC: SOURCE TO SEA- A sonic immersion in one of Scotland’s most precious and iconic resources, combining works by Bach, new commissions, folk music, field recordings and striking photography. School's workshops on environmental and musical themes are also available as part of this project.

TRANSPLANTED - Celebrates the rich diversity of Scotland's plant life and its music. Music by Scottish Baroque composer James Oswald set alongside 8 new miniatures by leading composers, exploring native plants and their many uses in society over the centuries.

BIG GIANTS - Duos by Ravel, Kodaly, Honneger, Beethoven, Mozart & Bach, including his solo Suites, Sonatas and Partitas.

Biography

CONNECTING MUSIC, NATURE AND PEOPLE

Sequoia is a Glasgow based string duo comprising violinist Alice Rickards and cellist Sonia Cromarty. Since launching as ‘High Heels and Horse Hair’ at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe we have firmly rooted our place in the Scottish chamber music scene, performing recitals and creative collaborative projects in concert halls, public spaces, schools and gardens around the country and holding the post of CMS ensemble in residence from 2013-15.

Our artistic journey has revealed an innate desire to use music to explore the world around us, inviting greater engagement and connection with our natural environment. To celebrate this, and mark our 10 year anniversary, we have renamed our duo ‘Sequoia’in recognition of this extraordinary tree and the conservation movement it inspired.

For us connecting with the environment begins at home, and we are committed to championing Scotland’s music and nature. We love being involved in the creation of new work and have commissioned composers across a wide range of genres. We also enjoy sharing little-known Scottish works from previous centuries with today’s audiences.

Our recitals aim to inspire and inform: Goethe described chamber music as “rational people conversing”, and we want to bring the audience into the conversation with an intimate performance that travels beyond notes on the page. In the past we have utilised lighting, performance in the round, photography and narration to this end.

We strongly believe that everyone should have access to live performance and our role as music educators is central to our identity. In 2019 we performed to over 400 students in schools across the central belt, and wherever possible we like to tie in workshops in schools and community settings alongside our recital tours.

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Violinist Alice Rickards is a member of the BBC SSO and has also performed with the RSNO, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia. On the baroque violin she has performed with the Dunedin Consort, The English Concert and the Australian Haydn Ensemble.

Cellist Sonia Cromarty has performed across the world, from South America to the Arctic. She has worked with all Scotland's leading orchestras and ensembles; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (including guest principal), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the RSNO, Red Note Ensemble and the Scottish Ensemble.

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