Sunday, 29 July 2012

Hear the drum

The atmosphere is building. Sent by King Robert the Bruce, William de Irwyn is marching up to take over the Tower of Drum. What we now know as the Old Wood of Drum was already hunting grounds where royals hunted wild boar and deer for some time. Drum had become a place to be reckoned with.

Can you still hear the beat of the drum? Do the oak woods, tower and castle remind you of what happened here more than seven hundred years ago? The community music project Hear the Drum, commissioned by the National Trust for Scotland, invites participants to let Drum Castle, Garden and Estate trigger their imagination. On Saturday 6 October (castle), Sunday 7 October (tower) and Saturday 13 October (woodlands), visitors to the property will be invited to contribute to the development of three storylines through creative writing and drawing inspired by the woodlands, tower and castle. Based on these creative ideas, community musician Petra Vergunst will compose three opera-inspired pieces of music that will be rehearsed in three hour-long workshops on Saturday 1 December. In the Drawing Room of Drum Castle, participants will then be encouraged to step inside the castle, raise their voices and let the stories unfold. 

For more information about this project, contact senior assistant Laura Paterson at 0844 493 2161 or

Other links to the Hear the Drum project:
Woods of Drum
Contribute creatively
Copyright text and image (photo) Petra Vergunst

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