Book of Deer Suite to premiere next month

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The premiere of a piece of music specially written to celebrate the Book of Deer will take place at Crimonmogate next month.

The Book of Deer Suite, written by St Andrew’s University academic Richard Ingham, features music based on the plainsong genre.

The Book of Deer Project commissioned Mr Ingham to compose a suite celebrating the Book of Deer which is Scotland’s oldest book, a 10th century Latin pocket gospel book from Old Deer with early 12th century additions in Latin and it also contains the oldest surviving examples of Scottish Gaelic.

The Book of Deer Project is a community based initiative and the catalyst for renewed academic interest, research and community development in the North East of Scotland.

Speaking about the Suite, Mr Ingham said: “As a composer I get inspiration from history and art so after talking to Derek Jennings about the Book of Deer, he asked me to write a new piece.

“It lasts around an hour and is perfomed by an ensemble of five musicians with instruments including saxophone, trumpet, keyboard and bass.

Mr Ingham added: “After this premiere, the Suite will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Aberdeen Sound Festival later this year which is exciting for both me and the project.”

The premiere of the Book of Deer Suite, followed by a finger buffet and wine, will take place at 7pm on Saturday, April 26 at The Great Hall, Crimonmogate.

The event has been organised by the Rotary Club of Central Buchan for the Book of DeerProject.

All proceeds from the performance will be donated to local causes.

There are only 60 tickets available so to get yours contact Central Buchan Rotary president and Book of Deer Project director, Derek Jennings, by calling 01779 821343 or e-mail




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