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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
  • Sonia Cromarty - Cello

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

SEQUOIA: CONNECTING MUSIC, NATURE AND PEOPLE

Sequoia is a Glasgow based string duo comprising violinist Alice Rickards and cellist Sonia Cromarty. Since joining forces 12 years ago we have firmly rooted our place in Scotland's chamber music scene, performing recitals and creative collaborative projects in concert halls, public spaces, schools and gardens around the country, and previously holding the post of CMS ensemble in residence.

Our artistic journey has revealed an innate desire to use music to invite greater engagement and connection with the natural world.

For us connecting with the environment begins at home, and we are committed to championing Scotland’s music and nature. We are equally at home uncovering Baroque masterpieces and exploring new works, and we have commissioned composers across a wide range of genres. Our latest project 'WATER MUSIC source to sea' is an eclectic mix of classical/folk music and photography and was created in conjunction with several environmental charities. 2022 will also see the launch of our debut CD , 'Isola', an album of new works by young Scottish-based composers.

We love connecting with audiences and our recitals are carefully curated to inspire and inform. In the past we have utilised lighting, performance in the round, photography and narration to create intimate performances that draw listeners in and travel beyond notes on the page.

EDUCATION:

We strongly believe that everyone should have access to live performance and our role as music educators is central to our identity. In the past year we have performed to children in more than 30 primary schools across Scotland and wherever possible we like to tie in workshops in 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 works with all Scotland's leading orchestras and ensembles; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra , RSNO, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Scottish Ensemble and Children's Classic Concerts.

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