In honour of Edwin Morgan’s centenary in 2020, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Celtic Connections co-commissioned award-winning musician and composer Gavin Bryars to set five of Morgan’s poems to music. The poems, taken from Morgan’s 1984 collection Sonnets from Scotland, conjure up images of an entirely different Scotland to the one Scots found themselves in after the 1979 devolution referendum, and continue to resonate today as Scotland considers the prospect of independence once more.
Bryars’s resulting composition, a stunning choral arrangement, receives its premiere in this extra special commemorative celebration, performed by Glasgow ensemble Cappella Nova. Guests including recipient of the Edwin Morgan Trust Poetry Award in 2020, Alycia Pirmohamed will also join the celebration. Bryars completes the line-up for this unique event, to give an insight into the journey he took to set Morgan to music.