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Songs from the Last Page

Songs from the Last Page is a song-writing and live performance project run by Chamber Music Scotland and composer Gareth Williams. The project creates new songs from the last lines of great literature: turning endings into beginnings.

Songs from the Last Page will be visiting book festivals, libraries, and community spaces across the length and breadth of Scotland. The outcome will be shaped by the public, who will be involved in creating the songs at each location.

By focusing on the last lines, we are right where the story has almost run its course - and all that remains is one last beat - and those beats are often tragic or poignant or wistful, or romantic, joyous and exhilarating. I set myself the challenge as a song-writer to try and hold on to these final moments for just a few extra minutes, to try and sustain the spell that they cast.

Gareth Williams

Supported by Visit Scotland as part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022 Scotland's Year of Stories 2022