Music for Communities: Images, words and sounds

April 9, 2013

To celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage has commissioned me, freelance community musician Petra Vergunst, to carry out the project Burn of Sound at Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve. As part of the project, artists, writers and musicians in the North East are offered the opportunity to participate in a creative experience walk and a singing workshop.

Through creative writing activities and singing artists, writers and musicians are invited to reflect on the kind of experiences and understandings of place they develop through fieldwork, and how these influence their work. During thecreative experience walk, on Saturday 11 May from 2 to 4 pm, participants will be encouraged to use the meaning, rhythm and sound of (imagined) words to capture their nature experiences. Based on these materials produced during the creative experience walk, Petra Vergunst will compose a number of rounds that will be sung in a singing workshop on Saturday 15 June from 2.30 to 4 pm. Both workshops will be concluded with a discussion on the kind of relationship we establish with a place through fieldwork and how this influences our creative practice.

For more information about the content of the workshops, please visit

For more information about the community music project, please visit

If you’d like to participate in the workshops, please contact me at The workshops will start at the Burn O’ Vat Visitor Centre, 3.5 miles from Dinnet (between Aboyne and Ballater). Participation is free.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With kind regards,

Petra Vergunst

community musician and composer

Music for Communities: Images, words and sounds.


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