Landmark year for new music festival

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An annual sound festival which was the brainchild of two passionate Deesiders is celebrating 10 years of musical success.

The full programme for the landmark 10th sound festival was released earlier this week.

The idea for an annual celebration of new music in North East Scotland came from three passionate advocates of new music - Fiona Robertson and Mark Hope from Woodend Barn in Banchory, and composer Professor Pete Stollery of the University of Aberdeen.

Over the years they have made Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire the envy of Scotland in the richness of their programmes.

From its small beginnings in 2005 sound has gone on to become one of not only the UK’s, but Europe’s most recognised music festivals bringing performers from across the globe to north east Scotland, and the 2014 festival is predicted to be no exception.

Sound festival director Fiona Robertson, who is based at Woodend Barn, said: “It is hard to believe that we took our first steps towards creating a festival to celebrate new music in Scotland 10 years ago.

“Over the years we have taken audiences on journeys of discovery opening up new and exciting musical landscapes.

“As we enter our second decade we are looking forward to sharing more of the vibrant music making of contemporary composers and performers from Scotland and throughout the world.”

The 10th anniversary event will see musicians and composers from around the world appear at the Scottish festival.

This year’s festival runs from October 23 to November 10 and will feature over 20 world, Uk and Scottish premieres.

Among the international performers and ensembles featured in the opening weekend are eclectic tango duo Duquesa and world-renowned cellist Rohan de Saram.

The sound festival will take place at a variety of venues across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, including Woodend Barn and the Cowdray Hall.

For more information and the complete programme, visit the website at