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
For more information about all 20 pieces of the New Music Biennial, visit our page: http://www.nmcrec.co.uk/new-music-biennial
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
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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.