New music for an ancient stone at Brodie Castle


10 September 2015
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Musicians in Moray will have a rare opportunity to perfect their technique in free master classes with renowned traditional fiddler Paul Anderson, learning a new suite of music inspired by a Pictish symbol stone in the grounds of Brodie Castle. ...
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Musicians in Moray will have a rare opportunity to perfect their technique in free master classes with renowned traditional fiddler Paul Anderson, learning a new suite of music inspired by a Pictish symbol stone in the grounds of Brodie Castle.

Rodney’s Stone is a spectacular carved stone monument some 1,300 years old, with a cross of interlaced design on one side, and enigmatic Pictish symbols on the other face.  The stone’s original location is as yet unknown, but may have been on ground later buried under the Culbin Sands.  Through its lifetime the monument has been moved to various different locations, and has been used for a variety of different purposes.  It was finally placed near the entrance gate to Brodie Castle in the 1830s, and is now cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. 

RODNEY'S STONE

As part of an ongoing art and heritage conservation initiative, the Trust commissioned northeast musician Paul Anderson (pictured) to compose a piece of music about the stone. Anderson said: 'As a traditional musician and composer who largely writes about the history, landscape and people of my native Scotland, composing a suite of music relating to Rodney’s Stone was an exciting proposition. 

'My work is an attempt to musically represent the stone’s journey through time: I’ve composed four distinctive pieces of music in the traditional Scots idiom, relating to the four known sites which the stone has occupied.'

THE CLASS

The master class takes place on 20 September 2015 from 10.30am until 3pm and fiddlers must also be available for the public premier of the new piece on 27 September. For more information and bookings, call 01309 641371.

The premier takes place as part of ‘Pict your way to Brodie’ – an afternoon of activities on a Pictish theme in the grounds of the castle on Sunday 27 September. For more information and booking, visit the website.

For more history and archaeology events, visit the events section of our website.

Images copyright National Trust for Scotland.

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