The East Neuk Festival’s 2018 Big Project Lost at Sea has won the Community/Education Project Award at the 2019 Scottish Awards for New Music.
Working in partnership with Waid Academy, the Scottish Fisheries Museum and Pittenweem Fishermen’s Memorial Association, ENF’s 2018 Big Project Lost at Sea brought together school pupils from the local area and renowned composer/sound artist Scanner to create a memorial in sound for men of the East Neuk fishing industry who lost their lives at sea. Drawing on field recordings, marine hymns, oral histories and statistics and data about fatalities at sea, the pupils worked closely with Scanner over a period of six weeks, contributing their own recordings and ideas to the piece which was given its world premiere in Waid Academy at the 2018 East Neuk Festival before being installed at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in the local area of Anstruther, Fife. All proceeds from the world premiere performance went to the Pittenweem Fishermen’s Memorial Association fund for creating a sculptural memorial in honour of the men of the East Neuk fishing industry.
Svend McEwan-Brown, Director of East Neuk Festival commented: “We’re all thrilled to win this award – Big Projects are always an adventure for all concerned. This one – with its commemoration of fishermen lost at sea – was maybe the most poignant and important to date, not least because some of the players and the audience came from families who had lost loved ones. When ‘new music’ connects with the communities it is performed in and by, it is at its very best.”
ENF’S award-winning Big Project series presents commissions of new works to bring together professional and community musicians to reflect on themes of local importance, inspired by the distinctive heritage and beauty of the East Neuk. In 2017 the festival’s Big Project De Profundis celebrated Fife’s miners, while 2016’s Memorial Ground commemorated the men from the East Neuk who fell in World War I and was awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Audiences and Engagement.
ENF’s 2019 Big Project takes place on 29 June and we invite anyone who would like to join in to help us drum up a storm as composer Graeme Leak creates sea interludes that community musicians will create alongside the superb Colin Currie Quartet. All details of how to join in are posted on the East Neuk Festival website at https://www.eastneukfestival.com/bigproject/ - no previous experience required.
Founded in 2004, the East Neuk Festival invites audiences on a musical adventure in beautiful and intimate locations across the fishing villages and towns of the East Neuk of Fife’s picturesque coastline. Major artists, unique collaborations and a large-scale art installation all feature in the imaginative and wide-ranging 2019 ENF which takes place from Wednesday 26 June – Sunday 30 June 2019.