Premier for ‘Book of Deer’ performed at Crimonmogate

Richard Ingham
Richard Ingham

Crimonmogate recently hosted the premiere of a musical piece titled ‘Music for the Book of Deer’.

The work was especially commissioned by the Book of Deer Project, and written by composer Richard Ingham.

Event organiser Derek Jennings, president of the Rotary Club of Central Buchan and director of the Book of Deer Project, said the piece was enjoyed by the gathering last month.

Rotary Club of Central Buchan presented the première in the beautiful and historic Grand Hall at Crimonmogate, Lomnay.

Derek Jennings explained: “Viscount and Viscountess Petersham hosted the unusual event which was enjoyed by a capacity audience who were entertained to a champagne reception before the performance, and wine and refreshments afterwards.

“The concert was introduced by Alan Cameron, chairman of the Book of Deer Project, and George Duncan, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra board member.”

Richard Ingham’s music was in 12 sections, each one introduced by the composer.

An eclectic range of sounds and genres was in evidence, in Ingham’s description “a suite inspired by the extraordinary tenth century portable gospel book; plainsong and reels meet electronic soundscapes. A sonic rollercoaster. With bells!”

The music was performed by the ensemble Strangeness & Charm, with Ingham himself on saxophones, low whistles, bass clarinet and wind synthesiser.

Maarten Verbraeken was on trumpet and flugelhorn, Fraser Burke on keyboard and accordion, Kenny Irons on bass, and Andy James on drums and percussion.

A programme of images on and around the Book of Deer was presented by Derek Jennings.

Richard Ingham, neanwhile, has recently been awarded a prestigious Creative Scotland Made in Scotland award to take the work to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

Creative Scotland chose projects they describe as “best demonstrating exceptional artistic quality with significant international potential”.