The Cuillin, setting for concert


If you wanted a musical high then you couldn't do much better than the Cuillin on Skye.

And over the Easter week-end that's just what 75 people did as they headed into the hills for the island's very first "Concert in a Coire"

However, first of all the "audience" had to work for the opportunity to hear something different with a two hour walk to get into Coire Lagan and the one-off performance.

With snow falling at altitude, two two musicians, violinist George Smith and cellist Duncan Strachan, joined with sound engineer Sam Annand to stage the site-specific performance in the natural “amphitheatre”.

The concert, accompanied by lights around the Coire featured specially created music and sound effects inspired by the site which boasts a tiny loch surrounded by gigantic rock peaks.

This included Skye’s traditional music heritage and ancient Gaelic song, field recordings of water, wind and rock captured in the area were also deployed in the sho.

The concert was staged 12 years on from arts organisations NVA’s acclaimed sound and light show The Storr, which brought 6,500 people onto the Old Man of Storr at Trotternish, on Skye.

Skye-based mountain guide John Smith, the brother of the violinist said prior to the event“Skye is definitely on the radar as an alternative destination at the moment and the Cuillin is an exciting place to be.

"As far as we know nothing like this has ever been staged in the Cuillin before. It’s kind of been inspired by going to parties in the mountains before. I like the logistics of it, the sheer enjoyment of putting stuff where it shouldn’t be and taking speakers into the mountains.

To find out just how it went follow the link here