Sarah Huang, Lacey Calderwood, Elise Connal, Lexi Monaghan, Lilli-anna Brignano, Kian Miller and Kayden Johnston
Written in: September 2018 For: Mixed Voices Performed by: the composers First Performed: The Engine Shed, Stirling , 18th September, 2018
Raploch Primary on a Treasure Hunt at the Engine Shed. (Permission to use from Mrs O’Sullivan, Class Teacher)
This soundscape piece was a collaboration with the scientists from the Engine Shed Stirling (Historic Environment Scotland), and our team on the “Echoes from the Engine Shed” Project, including Margaret Cameron and Eleanor Logan, and with Raploch and Riverside Primary Schools.
We set out to learn about the history of the Engine Shed in the context of the conservation science which now takes place within its walls. We started with how it was built, what kind of things it was used for, how it decayed and how Historic Environment Scotland brought it back to life.
Raploch concentrated on the building of the Engine Shed, beginning with a treasure hunt round the building to identify the stone, timber, bricks and other materials used. They found symbols of tools on the glass of the building and imagined what they might sound like, and finally what kind of things happened in the building once it was ready – like trains moving goods around, soldiers marching and engines being repaired before it was abandoned and later restored.
Using vocal sounds, and pattern techniques they created scores with images and words, which they then rehearsed and added actions to for a very lively performance.
We acknowledge support from Creative Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Foundation Scotland towards the writing and first performance of this music. The composition was also supported by Hope Scott Trust. Frances M Lynch is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Music Creators. The performance was also supported by the Ambache Charitable Trust.
Scores for ‘Materials’, ‘Tools’ and ‘Life in the Shed’