About us

Frances Cooper, soprano and Joanna Nicholson, clarinet, performing as Turning the Elements, present 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.

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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February 2020 – We are delighted to have been successful in our application for Creative Scotland National Lottery funding.
Our exciting new project, “No Trees to Whisper”, can now get off the ground. New music will be coming our way later in the year from six talented Scottish based artists.  Composers Aidan O’Rourke, Linda Buckley and Gemma McGregor will set new poetry written by Dawn Wood, Iain Morrison and Haworth Hodgkinson.   We are very much looking forward to working with them.  More details will follow as the project progresses.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our plans for live performances in the Autumn of 2020 have had to be reviewed.  We are hatching plans for taking our new project online – more information when we have it!


Listen to our recording of …Everyone is a Child of the Inbetween …  by Matthew Whiteside, with text by Helene Grøn

On Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/09g8KU1vgoefexFk3wLg5a?si=XY1dZvVgTOKXGO0QDXjyvw

On Apple Music – https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/album/everyone-is-a-child-of-the-inbetween/1443960073?i=1443960074&mt=1&app=music&at=1010lsZC&ct=everyone-is-a-child


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 excerpts from our first commissions from Rebecca Rowe and Stuart Murray Mitchell here