october 2012A fine band of musicians in the studio today recording a piece composed and conducted by Stephen Deazley for 'Deliberance', a new dance work to be performed at H.M. Theatre, Aberdeen.
The musicians pictured left to right at the studio door: Yann Ghiro (Clarinet) Calum Gourlay (Double Bass) Max Baillie (Violin and Viola) Matthew Sharp (Cello) and composer Stephen Deazley.
SMP "Virtual Studio" Project under way at ARC.
A group of young musicians have just taken part in an on-line music project, working together via the internet. Mp3 files of the individuals' recorded work were emailed to ARC studio where the parts were assembled into a two minute instrumental piece. The experiment has proved to be a great success and will be further developed over the coming months.
Enterprising young rockers in the studio this month.
Following the success of last years CD recording a group of musicians from Banchory School are in the studio, recording tracks for a second CD. The CD will be on sale soon to raise funds for future school projects.
Traditional Music Maestros at ARC Studio.
The studio enjoyed the company of two of the traditional music world's most respected musicians this month as Cathal Mcconnell and Dave Swarbrik continue to work on a new collection of tunes from the Swarbrick pen, a CD project lead by Banff born fiddler Duncan Wood, himself a musician of repute and long time admirer of Swarbrick's work. Work on the project should be completed by the end of the year.
The accounts of a 19th century whaler come to light.
How much did it cost to build and fit out a whaling ship in the mid 1800s? And what about the cost of the crews wages and stores for a trip to the Greenland Sea? What was a polar bear worth in 1857? These questions will be answered when extracts from The ledger of the "Polar Star" are posted on this web site in a few weeks time. The ledger of the famous Peterhead whaling ship "Polar Star" has been loaned to the archive by the great great granddaughter of of one of the ship's owners and extracts from it, along with notes on the ship and her owners, will feature as a new chapter on our web site, due to be on-line sometime in in July.
Happy New Year!
With a number of new projects in the pipe-line, NEFA looks forward to another busy year.
May we take this opportunity to wish all our visitors a successful 2012.