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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. Part of Scotland's Year of Stories, the project celebrates brilliant storytelling and storytellers through song.

In 2022, the project will be delivering a special programme of song-writing workshops and live performances at book festivals, libraries, and community groups across the length and breadth of Scotland.

Supported by EventScotland, the events will spotlight the deep feelings that we have about characters and stories through creating and performing music. Each event will be unique, with guest musicians, writers, and local communities involved in the workshops and performances.

Tour dates will be announced throughout the year. See the listings below for events in your area.

Join our story at @songsfromthelastpage

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

Year of Stories 2022

From icons of literature to local tales, Scotland's Year of Stories encourages locals and visitors to experience a diversity of voices, take part in events, and explore the places, people, and cultures connected to all forms of our stories, past and present.

Join the conversation at #YS2022 and #TalesOfScotland.

Tour Dates

Songs from the Last Page with special guest at Borders Book Festival

19.06.22

Featuring a special live performance of "Flowers of the Forest" as featured in Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic novel Sunset Song, by leading Scots folk singer, Lori Watson.

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Songwriting Masterclass: Songs from the Last Page at Borders Book Festival

19.06.22

A companion event to the live performance, this interactive workshop from composer and songwriter Gareth Williams will focus on exploring how we make songs from our own stories and the stories we read. No prior songwriting experience is necessary.

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Past Events

Festival Finale: Songs from the Last Page at Paisley Book Festival

26.02.22

A heart-warming musical celebration of Scottish writers and the world of stories to end Paisley Book Festival 2022.

Song writing workshop: Songs from the Last Page at Paisley Book Festival

26.02.22

In this interactive workshop, composer Gareth Williams will work with aspiring songwriters to create brand new songs of their own. No previous experience is required.

Song writing workshop: Songs from the Last Page at Wigtown Book Festival

26.03.22

In this entertaining workshop for aspiring songwriters working in all genres, Gareth Williams will be exploring using literary inspiration to create original songs.

Songs from the Last Page: Live Music Performance at Aye Write Festival, Glasgow

13.05.22

In this special, chamber-pop performance for Aye Write, Gareth will be teaming with award-winning cellist Justyna Jablonska and violinist Stewart Webster to bring great works of Scottish and international fiction to life.

Songwriting masterclass with Songs from the Last Page at Aye Write Festival, Glasgow

14.05.22

Gareth Williams leads a practical and entertaining workshop for aspiring songwriters working in all genres.

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