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.

At the beginning of 2020 funding from Creative Scotland,  allowed us to commission  poetry and music for a three part song cycle,  No Trees to Whisper.

 ‘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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NEWS!!  NEWS!!

COVID-19 restrictions may have halted plans for live performances in 2020, and provided many challenges in other ways, but… participants  in the online poetry workshop on 21st November, organised by the Friends of Wighton as part of Book Week Scotland,  will have a chance to hear extracts from our latest project, No Trees to Whisper, which is supported by Creative Scotland.  Specially commissioned music from composers Aidan O’Rourke, Linda Buckley and Gemma McGregor and poetry from  Dawn Wood, Iain Morrison and Haworth Hodgkinson, take us, once more, in new directions.

2021 will see the further development of this project, stepping into the digital world even further.  More to come soon!

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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

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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.

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