Celtic Connections 2020 Opening concert will celebrate! - one of the greatest declarations of independence of an ancient nation - the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath. This April 2020 will be 700 years since its signing.
Donald Shaw - “a declaration of intent to grasp the thistle and give a sense of confidence to orchestral works from Scottish folk composers. It’s about freedom, exploration and intent.”
The GRIT orchestra under the baton of conductor Greg Lawson, will première compositions by Fraser Fifield, Paul Towndrow, Chris Stout, Patsy Reid, Catriona McKay and Rudi de Groot. Five years on from its landmark debut concert at Celtic Connections, the GRIT Orchestra, is an 80-piece ensemble of folk, jazz and classical musicians founded to celebrate the late Martyn Bennett’s music, breaks yet more new ground with its first performance of newly-composed works. Supported by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund, six members of the orchestra have been commissioned to create new symphonic compositions.