Candlebird: A creative composition and performance project


In 2015, Candlebird by Martin Suckling provided the starting point for a creative music project for secondary schools in Fife.

The project formed part of the SCO’s unique residency programme at the University of St Andrews and was led by Martin (SCO Associate Composer) and Luke Crookes (workshop leader), with SCO musicians Su-a Lee (cello) and Matthew Hardy (percussion). Students from three secondary schools spent a weekend at the Younger Hall in St Andrews exploring Martin’s piece -  and the Don Paterson poems that inspired it - through listening, improvisation and discussion. The group developed their own ensemble piece in response, incorporating two of Don Paterson’s poems, and the resulting performance took place in the Younger Hall before the Scottish Chamber Orchestra concert at which Candlebird received its Scottish premier.

SCO Connect are proud to present Candlebird: A creative composition and performance project for Secondary Schools in Fife in association with Earnest Hemmingworth Films.