String duo High Heels and Horse Hair galloped onto Scotland’s chamber music scene in 2010. Their fresh, dynamic playing and engaging style has delighted audiences across the country and earned them the Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Award for 2013-15.
The duo comprises two gifted players from opposite sides of the globe, Australian-born violinist Alice Rickards and Scottish cellist Sonia Cromarty. They met whilst performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and soon discovered a shared passion for chamber music.
Described as a ‘loveably quirky high-heeled duo’ they perform in vibrant footwear designed by Helen Bateman, Edinburgh and the Horse Hair of course refers to the more organic material of their bows!
TRANSPLANTED celebrates the rich diversity of Scotland’s plant life and its music. In 1755 Scottish Baroque composer James’ Oswald published ‘Airs for the Seasons’, a remarkable compendium of 96 duos for violin and cello, each depicting a different plant or flower and written on a single side of paper. Inspired by these, and using the same criteria, 8 of Scotland’s leading composers have written new miniatures exploring native plants and their many uses in society over the centuries.
this evocative recital brings the new works to life, alongside a selection of Oswald’s Airs. Set against a stunning backdrop of photographic plant portraits by Laurie Campbell.
Eight of Scotland's contemporary composers feature; David Fennessy, Martin Kershaw, Stuart MacRae, Eddie McGuire, Chris Stout, Hanna Tuulikki, David Ward and Judith Weir.
“I have found my own interactions with TRANSPLANTED to be unexpectedly thought-provoking, and it’s been energy-giving to have worked directly with the performers through all stages of the commissioning and composing process.” Judith Weir
Primrose James Oswald
Clover Eddie McGuire
Heartsease Hanna Tuulikki
Heather Bells James Oswald
Luckaminnies’ Ooo (Cotton Grass) David Ward
Sundew Judith Weir
The Changeless and the Changed (St. Kilda Dandelion) David Fennessy
Sneezewort James Oswald
Waxcap Martin Kershaw
Cladonia Bellidiflora (Lichen) Stuart MacRae
Hawthorn James Oswald
The Juniper Run Chris Stout