Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Raise your voice

Registration for a singing workshop at Drum Castle on Saturday 1 December is now open.

In this singing workshop, the first of two compositions composed for the community music project Hear the Drum will be rehearsed in the Drawing Room of Drum Castle. Open the Door, about the arrival of the first laird at the Tower of Drum, has been written by community musician Petra Vergunst after the project’s participative storyline development activities in October. The music has been inspired by opera and the interface between drama and music. Workshop participants will be invited to raise their voice and explore speech-like and lyrical singing, and other ways in which the voice can be used musically.

The community music project Hear The Drum was commissioned by the National Trust for Scotland to engage more people with the work of the trust. In addition to the public workshop on 1 December, singing workshops will be offered to local primary schools and women’s group in March, followed by a second public singing workshop on Saturday 16 March. In these workshops the music rehearsed will be a second composition inspired by Mary Irvine's (the sister of the 17th laird) reflections on the Old Woods of Drum. 

The composition for the workshop on 1 December will be uploaded on this blog around the middle of November.

The hour-long workshop on Saturday 1 December starts at 11.30 am and is open to singers of all abilities. For more information and to register your interest in participating in this singing workshop, please contact Drum Castle, Garden and Estate’s senior assistant Laura Paterson at 0844 493 2161 or The workshop costs £4 (£2 for concessions).  

Copyright text and image Petra Vergunst

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