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Hear The Change Makers at Eden Court!

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:50

We've been lucky enough to collaborate with the wonderful Fèis Rois on our Start The Change Project. They brought together a group of young musicians from across Ross-shire to compose their own piece and perform from John Somerville's 'The Voyage of the Hector'.

You can hear the full audio recording of the performance right here...

Imagine being left with little choice but to leave your home and set-off on a long voyage to a distant land, with the promise of a better life. In 1773 and having survived the brutal Highland Clearances, 189 Scots did just that heading for Canada on a ship not fit for purpose. It's a story that sadly has parallels with what's happening in the world today and it is these stories and experiences that our Start The Change Project is exploring, making connections too to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or 'Global Goals'.

As part of our project, we're inviting groups from across The Highlands to bring young #ChangeMakers together to look at migration, the SDGs and how they can effect positive change in their local communities. Current groups include those from Fèis Rois, as well as Culloden Academy.

The Fèis Rois Change Makers came together in Inverness for 4 days of rehearsals to perform 4 movements from composer John Somerville's 'The Voyage of the Hector' which was originally commissioned by Fèis Rois and Creative Scotland in 2014.

We'll have more footage and photos from the event up here very soon...


You can find out much more about the Ship Hector by visiting the Hector Heritage Quay website which includes a live webcam of the replica of the Ship Hector, which sits in the beautiful Pictou Harbour in Nova Scotia.

Read more about the voyage and how the passengers were treated here.

As well as listening to the Fèis Rois performance, you can support the original recording here on Bandcamp.




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