Soul-searching far, far away from home

The seashore of Scotland has been an inspiring place for composers and writers alike. © Charles Thibo
The seashore of Scotland has been an inspiring place for composers and writers alike. © Charles Thibo

I love Scotland. That’s a fact. Especially the Orkney Islands. I love the rough beauty of its landscape, I love its rich Nordic cultural heritage,  its fascinating neolithic and Bronze Age settlements, its intricate history of kings and queens and finally the fact that it is far, far away from home. Not necessarily in a geographical way. I’m rather speaking of the way of life.

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Languishing with the spectre of a rose

Les Nuits d'été - brilliantly set into music by Berlioz. © Charles Thibo
Les Nuits d’été – brilliantly set into music by Berlioz. © Charles Thibo

A forest. A lake. The silver reflection of moonlight on the water. Fireflies. Shadows. A voice. A female voice singing. Soft as silk. The orchestra – subtle as can be – is lifting the mezzo-soprano up, guiding her through the piece. Or is it the singer guiding the orchestra?

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