Frances Cooper, soprano and Joanna Nicholson, clarinet, performing as Turning the Elements, present evolving programmes of spirited and lyrical music for this intimate combination of voice and woodwind.
Our name comes from two specially commissioned suites of song we first performed in 2015. As they evolved and our performances developed, we realised that their title reflected perfectly what we do as a duo; taking music, both new and traditional, and turning the elements of each piece to fit our two instruments, putting our own slant on their performance. The story of this exciting collaborative project unfolds as you read the Recent Posts in the menu, starting with “Ready to be Creative!”
Alongside music written and arranged specifically for us, our programmes include 20th and 21st century repertoire for soprano and clarinet by European and American composers.
‘Turning the Elements is an intriguing blend of music and word intermingling to produce an emotive and entrancing audience experience.’ Friends of Aden Park
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Plans are in the offing for new projects and new programmes following our successful series of performances at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019, as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase, curated and presented by The Night with.
Watch our take on the Beck song ‘Do we? We do’ in this live recording as part of Sound Festival in Aberdeen in October 2018.
Listen to our recording of …Everyone is a Child of the Inbetween … by Matthew Whiteside, with text by Helene Grøn