• Andy Shearer

Day 254 - Loch Leven: Beth Malcolm

A beautiful song and video from Perth's Beth Malcolm, a winning entry in NatureScot and Feis Rois's fantastic lockdown project, In Tune With Nature. The song is an imagined conversation between Mary Queen Of Scots and her lady in waiting as they dream of escaping from imprisonment on an island in Loch Leven,

In Tune with Nature

During Lockdown, NatureScot and Feis Rois collaborated on a competition to inspire people to connect with nature through music.

Entrants aged 16 and over were invited to compose a piece of music inspired by one of 10 National Nature Reserves across Scotland. We had originally envisaged selecting one winning piece of music for each of the 10 nature reserves. However, we received an incredible 148 entries and judges Julie Fowlis, Vic Galloway, Gill Maxwell and Karine Polwart eventually selected 12 winning compositions.

The standard of the entries was such that we ended up selecting two winning pieces of music for both the Rum and Taynish nature reserves. The 12 winners, 11 soloists and 1 duo, each received a £500 cash prize and, when Covid-19 restrictions were eased, they had the opportunity to visit the nature reserve that inspired their music with professional filmmaker, Graeme Roger from Wildbird.

We are excited to share these beautiful compositions and accompanying films with you on the Fèis Rois YouTube channel.

Click here to listen to Marie Fielding’s music inspired by Beinn Eighe. This link also takes you to the other films in our In Tune With Nature series.

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