Posted on 12 November 2018
Several media outlets have highlighted the poignancy of the 'Armistice Bells' project, a collaboration between the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Department of Music Senior Lecturer Martin Suckling commemorating the Armistice Centenary.
Receiving its premiere performances in St Andrew's, Edinburgh and Glasgow last week, Meditation (after Donne) for orchestra and live electronics was acclaimed by the Telegraph as, "impressively immediate, thoroughly captivating, [...] meld[ing] together with uncanny ease the somewhat contradictory senses of celebration, anger and grief [...] an enthralling score" and by the Scotsman as "a moving elegy."
Herald Scotland highlighted the music's "broad and dynamic palette," while for the Courier it was "certainly innovative and did capture the feelings of November 1918."
The community engagement activities driving the project have also been widely noted. The Carluke Gazette carries an interview with one of the contributors of bell recordings, while BBC Radio 4's, Something Understood, draws attention to the geographical scope of the project and concludes their Remembrance Sunday edition with an extract from a version of the piece for multi-tracked violins, performed by Martin (from around 26'). Creative learning was the focus of The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald's feature on Martin's return to his hometown: 'Composer inspires East Dunbartonshire pupils'.