Logan, Crawford

Crawford Logan is a British actor best known for his work in radio. In 2006 he became the latest actor to play the eponymous hero Paul Temple in a revival of the long-running mystery series on BBC radio. In 2009 he narrated the BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, Newton and the Counterfeiter by Thomas Levenson. On television, he has appeared in Doctor Who as Deedrix in The Tom Baker story Meglos and Secret Army. He is also a member of the band The Martians. Crawford Logan played D.I. Donaghue in the crime drama "P Division: Code Four One" on BBC Radio 4 in the 1994 and 1995 series.

Shave, Jacqueline

Violinist Jacqueline Shave is the Leader of the Red Note Ensemble. She lead the Brindisi Quartet for 15 years and the Schubert Ensemble from 1989-94, and has been leader of the Britten Sinfonia since 2005. She has also appeared as guest leader with the London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble, BBC SSO and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, amongst others.

Winning, Fiona

Scottish violist Fiona Winning studied at St Mary's Music School and the RNCM before graduating from the Juilliard School, New York in 2001. Now based in London, Fiona enjoys a busy and varied performance schedule as chamber and orchestral musician. She is currently Principal Violist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears regularly as guest principal with many of the country's leading orchestras, most recently the London Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. She is also a member of the Scottish Ensemble, with whom she has performed at the BBC Proms, the Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh International, Aldeburgh, Lichfield and City of London Festivals.

Irvine, Robert

Robert Irvine was born in Glasgow and at the age of 16 was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music (RCM) where he studied with Christopher Bunting and Amaryllis Fleming. While there he won most of the major prizes in chamber music and solo playing. After leaving the RCM, he studied with William Pleeth and Pierre Fournier, before joining the Philharmonia Orchestra as sub principal cello.
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Wattie Cheung

Morley, Ruth

Ruth Morley divides her time mainly between playing with Red Note Ensemble and teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She also plays recitals with pianist Scott Mitchell and with Echo Chamber Ensemble, and teaches for Douglas Academy Music School. She is also in demand as an adjudicator, and has performed as a guest with various ensembles including the Edinburgh Quartet, Hebrides Ensemble and as concerto soloist with London Concertante.

Wall, Ruth

Scottish harpist Ruth Wall specializes in the development and performance of new music. She is regarded as one of the UK’s leading harpists – specializing in lever harp, buzzing Renaissance bray harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and concert harp. Ruth performs as a soloist and as part of ensembles and bands (Goldfrapp, Fitkin, Kathryn Tickell and the Side) based in UK. She recently toured to Japan, Australia, USA, Canada and throughout Europe and Scandinavia, including performances at Sydney Opera House, Monza Milan, Spiral Hall Tokyo, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, The Sage Gateshead, ROH London and Glastonbury main stage. She has worked with the BBC Singers, RLPO and LCO and often collaborates with musicians, artists and dancers on new commissions.
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Hunter, Tom

From 2005 until March 2009, Tom was Assistant Principal Timpanist and Percussion player in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway. He has performed as Guest Principal Percussion with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra , Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Guest Principal Timpani with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Tom plays in a wide variety of musical scenarios including, Burt Bacharach’s orchestra in his 2014 visit to Edinburgh and playing in multi-discipline performances and collaborations with Red Note Ensemble.
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Crawford Logan, narrator

Jacqueline Shave, violin

Fiona Winning, viola

Robert Irvine, cello

Ruth Morley, flute

Ruth Wall, harp

Tom Hunter, percussion

Text: Zinnie Harris


This is a new children’s work for 6 musicians and narrator based on tales sent in by children from different countries across the Commonwealth, rewritten by award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris.

"I’m absolutely thrilled to be selected for this exciting project using folk tales from the Commonwealth. What could be better: commissioned by the wonderful Scottish Sound Festival to work with the brilliant Red Note Ensemble and funded by the one of the world’s best supporters of new music, PRS for Music Foundation." Stephen Montague

"We’re thrilled to have been selected by the new and already prestigious PRS for Music Foundation New Music Biennial commissioning fund, to bring together composer Stephen Montague, Scotland’s Red Note Ensemble, playwright Zinnie Harris and children from Commonwealth countries to create an exciting new work for the children’s repertoire." sound festival


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Three Fables was commissioned by sound Festival, Red Note Ensemble and Woodend Barn.



'[...]Three Fables by Stephen Montague, the sharp imagery of whose writing, coupled with Red Note Ensemble’s virtuosic delivery and actor Crawford Logan’s colourful narration, turned these humorous animal-based stories – including a hilarious tale of avenging midges – into intoxicating music theatre.' The Scotsman


Produced with the support of partners and funders:New Music Biennial Partners


The performance of Three Fables was recorded live by the BBC at the South Bank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 6 July 2014 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 7 and 13 July 2014.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201406
Release Date:
28 July 2014