Music for a New Scottish Parliament

by Simon Thoumire

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about

In 1707 the Act of Union was passed. This meant that Scotland was formally united with England to form Great Britain. In so doing, the Scottish Parliament voted itself out of existence. In 1999 under the UK Labour government Scotland got it’s parliament back.

This four act musical depiction of emotions, events, feelings and excitement is one man’s impressions of the events leading up to and including this very special occasion. The music is contemporary yet there is no mistaking that it is firmly rooted in Scottish tradition. This bold, imaginative, innovative, live musical experience, will in all probability become a collector’s piece. A performance of this piece was chosen by the BBC to open their Music Live festival and this CD was recorded at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on that occasion in May 1999.

This is a first-rate listen as well as charting a momentous new era.

Orchestra Personnel:
Simon Thoumire - concertina
Eilidh Shaw - fiddle
Aidan O'Rourke - fiddle
Anna-Wendy Stevenson - fiddle
Mike Katz - highland pipes, whistles
David Milligan - Piano
Colin Steel - trumpet
Tom MacNiven - trumpet
Phil Bancroft - saxaphone
Elspeth Cowie - vocals
Alyth MacCormack - vocals
Kevin Mackenzie - guitar
Neil Harland - bass
Tom Bancroft - drums & bodhran
Conductor - Russell Cowieson
Speakers:
Rob Stokes, Catriona MacDonald, Aonghas MacNeacail.

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released May 31, 2013

Recorded by BBC Scotland May 1999

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