The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has hidden two novels in secret locations in Glasgow and Edinburgh this week, each containing a pair of tickets to SCO concerts in the cities on 8 and 9 May. Clues to the location of the books will be posted online this Friday 1 May, at The Lost Book - www.thelostbook.net. Visitors to the website can follow the trail of clues to lead them to the free books and concert tickets.
The two novels to be ‘set free’ are Robin Jenkin’s Changeling and Lilian’s Story by Kate Grenville, both of which have been donated by sponsors Canongate Books. The books will be released by two SCO musicians who performed on soundtracks to The Lost Book - flautist Alison Mitchell and cellist Su-a Lee.
The finders of the two books will be encouraged to pass the books after reading, using the popular website www.bookcrossing.com, and will find in the books a pair of tickets to the world premiere performances of Icelandic composer Halfidi Hallgrímsson’s new double bass concerto at Glasgow City Halls on Friday 8 May and Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on Saturday 9 May.
The plot of the first episode of The Lost Book was written by animators Binary Fable, who also design the animation for each subsequent episode. The rest of the story remains in the hands of the public who comment and vote on the website. Together, people from all around the world have taken decisions big and small, from t-shirt slogans to major plotlines. Each month between January and July, the storylines will be pulled together into the next episode, animated and published online.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has commissioned three composers to score the music for the web series. Each composer is writing the original soundtrack for two episodes and the resulting compositions are being recorded by musicians from the Orchestra.
The SCO is also running a soundtrack competition open to composers of any age, all over the world. The challenge is to write new music for episode one of The Lost Book. Resources for entrants include tips from composer Alexis Bennett and sound designer Stephen Gilmour.
KODáLY Dances of Galánta
HALLGRíMSSON ‘Sonnambulo’ Concerto Op 42 for Double Bass - World premiere
BARTóK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste (Sz 106)
Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
Nicholas Bayley, double bass
Friday 8 May, 7:30pm Glasgow City Halls
Tickets £12, concessions available: Glasgow’s Concert Halls Box Office 0141 353 8000
Saturday 9 May, 7:30pm Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
Tickets £12, concessions available: Queen’s Hall Box Office 0131 668 2019.