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!!  NEWS!!

AUGUST 2022

Our first album, recorded with www.tnwmusic.com, is due out in the Autumn! Featuring our 2015 suites and music composed and arranged by Joanna Nicholson.

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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