Calling All Horn Players – Across The Distance

Horn players required for world premiere of a new work from Pulitzer Prize/Grammy Award-Winning ‘eco-composer’ John Luther Adams

At East Neuk Festival on 5 July 2015

The East Neuk Festival (ENF) is sounding the bugle far and wide for a herd (?) of horn players
looking for outdoor musical adventures and challenges in rural Fife this summer.

Following its hugely successful 2013 UK premiere of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit for 30
percussionists, ENF has commissioned Across the Distance for massed horns for the finale of this
year’s Festival. Led by SCO’s highly acclaimed young principal horn, Alec Frank-Gemill, and seven
other top professional horn players from around the UK, the performance line-up is 32.

Across The Distance will be performed for a promenade audience in and around the parkland and
gardens of the glorious Cambo House and estate situated just south of St Andrews in the East Neuk of
Fife. ENF director Svend Brown enthuses about the prospect of this unique performance: “The idea is
that a ring of horn players will start by surrounding the audience, and as the piece progresses they
move further and further away until the last notes are heard from 50 or 100 metres away... ‘across
the distance’. If Inuksuit was anything to go by, this will be a memorable experience for performers
and audiences alike.”

John Luther Adams is renowned for his large scale works inspired by the environment and written for
outdoor performance, embracing the calls and sounds of wildlife and nature. ‘One of the most
original musical thinkers of the new century’ (Alex Ross/The New Yorker), he recently won the
Pulitzer, William Schuman and Grammy Awards for his work, Beyond Ocean. Adams lives in Alaska and
New Mexico and strives in his work to create musical counterparts to the natural world around him:
“If we’re listening deeply, if we’re listening carefully, if we’re listening with our broadest
awareness,” he explains, “both noise and silence lead us to the same understanding, which is that
the whole world is music.”

World premiere of
     Across The Distance for massed horns in F and in B-flat by John Luther Adams
QUALIFICATIONS minimum Grade 5
AGE no limits either way
26 April 1100-1500hrs Preliminary workshops/auditions, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

27 June 1100-1600hrs Rehearsal, Cambo Estate Fife

4 July 1600-1800hrs Dress Rehearsal, Cambo Estate Fife

5 July 1400-1800hrs Performance, Cambo Estate Fife


Further information: or contact Kate Whitlock at the ENF office


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