Having first googled my destination followed by studying closely my borrowed road map, I headed northwards to Banchory on Saturday for my first meeting with the composer David Ward. I am not very confident or competent when it comes to reading maps or following directions, so I left the house an hour earlier than required so that I would not be late if I ended up deviating from my route.
The homework paid off and I found myself half an hour early at my destination, the home of Mark and Fiona Hope: long standing friends of David. Collectors of contemporary art, music lovers, explorers; Mark and Fiona are also actively involved in the running of the Woodend Barn Arts Centre in Banchory.
After a warm welcome and a delicious lunch the negotiations began discussing what was expected from each party, finance, venue and time frame. As I mentioned in my last blog entry, David will write a twenty minute piece for the cellist Rohan de Saram and pianist Ryan Drucker with projected stills and video from myself. Both pieces of work will be inspired by my masters proposal. The final piece will be included in the programme of the 2017 Sound Festival.
Negotiation accomplished we concluded our meeting with a trip to the Woodend Barn Arts Centre: a multi-arts organisation whose agenda is to serve the community with quality arts events.
I departed from my kind and generous guests with a full stomach, a happy heart and a whetted appetite to create!
David Ward, Oonagh Devoy and Fiona Hope
Photograph by Mark Hope