Hidden Door

Esther Swift and The Emergence Ensemble

The Emergence Ensemble
Image credit: Emily Nicholl

The whole festival will kick off with a reprise of The Call: an inspiring project conceived at the height of lockdown by Edinburgh-based composer Esther Swift when musicians were feeling the effects of enforced isolation – she summoned 20 of the best, most eclectic Scottish musicians, including bagpipes, trombones, cellos, percussion and even an Alphorn, to assemble on Edinburgh’s shoreline for a moving, socially distanced performance to demonstrate musicians’ solidarity.

She will reprise this testament to the collective spirit to open the festival, conducting musicians scattered across the gasworks site using huge flags.

“The past year has been a challenge for us all in so many ways, but one thing that has kept me going is music and the promise of being able to make music with my friends again. I can’t tell you how special it was to be able to get together and make music together after so long, and to feel the energy on the beach bright and early that morning.” – Esther Swift

Here’s a little look at the original performance – but rest assured the experience will be something else again in the shadow of the epic Granton gasholder…