Sally Beamish up a mountain

November 1st, 2017

The Swiss village of Ernen, at an altitude of 4000 feet, hosts an incredible festival every summer, and I’ve been playing there annually for some years as part of a very special extended family of musicians. Last August was a particular thrill – playing Sally Beamish’s stunning concerto “Hill Stanzas” along with so many friends including Sally herself. The work is inspired by the writing of Nan Shepherd and of some Scottish mountains – the Cairngorms – and is in four movements: Water; Sleep; Glamourie; the Tailors’ Stone.