Erland Cooper to play only Scottish date at Aberdeen’s Music Hall

Erland Cooper

PROLIFIC Scottish composer Erland Cooper will play Aberdeen’s Music Hall on Saturday, September 23 in what is to be the only Scottish date on his UK and European tour.

Cooper, who is touring his ambitious fourth studio album ‘Folded Landscapes’, is known for merging music with evocative storytelling and conceptual art. Hailed as ‘nature’s songwriter’, for his work celebrating themes of the natural world, place, people and time, ‘Folded Landscapes’ pushes Cooper’s connection to the environment even further into unchartered new realms.

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Aberdeen Performing Arts Cultural Programme Manager, Steven Milne said: “We’re thrilled to have the magnificent Erland Cooper with us this September, for what is sure to be a powerful and evocative evening of music. With the Music Hall being the only Scottish date on this tour, it’s one not to be missed.”

In early 2022, Cooper began a collaboration with Scottish Ensemble, a collective of pioneering musicians crossing art forms, to champion music for strings. Using drastic temperature changes – from sub-zero to hottest on record – he developed this piece for chamber string ensemble, piano, voice, harpsichord, electronics & field recordings.

The finished album figuratively and literally thaws over seven movements and features UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage along with other special guests and samples, including activist Greta Thunberg, visual artist Norman Ackroyd and multi-award winning author, naturalist and conservationist Dara McNaulty leading a murmuration of familiar voices. Field recordings of the natural world include the California wildfires and crashing glaciers. Yet, out of the doom and gloom, beauty and hope bloom on Folded Landscapes.

Cooper explains: “I hope in this new work, a listener will be rewarded for their patience from a cold, glacial ascent by a slowly thawing, burning hope.”

Simon Armitage said, “It was a natural fit. Erland is a poet who works with the language of music; finding and folding words into the landscapes of his compositions was a near-spontaneous happening. If geology could speak its dreams and geography could sing in its sleep, this is what it would sound like.

Tickets are on sale now from, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall.

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