World Premiere: Union Chapel will be transformed by sounds and rhythms echoing the seasonal shift of the Highland year

Organ Reframed: A Highland Year by Chris Watson and Claire M Singer

Sun 18 Sep 2022 - 1:30pm


Union Chapel will be transformed by sounds and rhythms echoing the seasonal shift of the Highland year



This free installation by Chris Watson and Claire M Singer will feature the wind, weather and animals of Scotland a recorded in some of the wildest parts of the country. These sounds will interact with the organ played by James McVinnieKatherine Tinker and Jacob Lekkerkerker.


Chris Watson is best known for his work with David Attenborough. He has recorded sound for the Bafta award winning The Life of Birds and Frozen Planet. His passion for recording the sounds of animals and their habitats has led him to travel the world and for this new installation he will draw on his library of sounds recorded in the Cairngorms, Caledonian forest, Flow country and the sea cliffs of Cape Wrath.

Watson’s spatial sound installations feature a strong sense and spirit of place. He has been widely commissioned by the likes of The National Gallery, London, The Louvre Paris and the Aichi Triennial in Japan. His 2003 release Weather Report was voted as one of the 100 best albums to hear before you die by The Guardian.

For this installation Chris Watson will be working in collaboration with artist Claire M Singer. Claire was born in Scotland and the landscape of her home country has often influenced her work. Claire M Singer, founder of Organ Reframed is known for her experimental approach to the organ and her critically acclaimed releases on the prolific experimental label Touch. Her debut album Solas was described as ‘… timeless and genuinely magical’ – The Quietus.

In 2017 Singer was a recipient of the inaugural Oram Awards for her innovation in sound and music and most recently her commission from the London Contemporary Orchestra, gleann ciùin, for organ and mixed ensemble has been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award (Large Chamber Work). Recent projects include her award winning score for Tell It To The Bees.

James McVinnie’s work as a performer encompasses music from the 16th century to the present day. He has collaborated with many leading figures in new music including Philip Glass, Tom Jenkinson/Squarepusher, Angelique Kidjo, Nico Muhly, Martin Creed, Richard Reed Parry, Bryce Dessner, Darkstar, Hildur Guðnadóttir.

Katherine Tinker is a concert pianist. She recently made her solo debut at the BBC Proms, playing in Prom 70 alongside Jonny Greenwood. She’ll be bringing a fresh perspective to the organ.

Jacob Lekkerkerker is one of the most innovative organists of his generation, performing internationally, organist and curator of music at Oude Kerk Amsterdam.

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Additional Events:


Chris Watson and Claire M Singer Voce del Vento, an immersive journey from Pole to Pole with the London Contemporary Orchestra

Claire M Singer and Chris Watson premiere their new work Voci del Vento with the London Contemporary Orchestra.  The work will incorporate the soundscapes of habitats northwards from Antarctica to the Arctic captured by Watson processed and diffused live over a multi channel set up brought in specially for the event. These field recordings will be combined with organ, brass, strings, voice and electronics located around the chapel echoing a musical response from Singer to the sound and spirit of each location. Together the music and field recordings interweave taking the listener on an immersive aural journey from Pole to Pole.

Pre-concert Q&A with Watson and Singer led by Wire magazine’s Editor Derek Walmsley, exploring the process of writing the new work

Derek Walmsley, editor of the Wire Magazine will lead Chris Watson and Claire M Singer in conversation. Together they will explore the creative processes that lead to Voci del Vento, an immersive aural journey from Pole to Pole composed by Chris Watson and Claire M Singer.



Organ Reframed 2022 is brought to you by Union Chapel Project, in partnership with the London Contemporary OrchestraSpitfire Audio and The Wire Magazine with generous support from Arts Council EnglandPRS for Music Foundation and the Institute of Physics.